The following information is presented on-line for informational use only and without warranty as to its accuracy, timeliness, or completeness. It does not replace any official versions of this information. Individuals making applications pursuant to the City Historic District Ordinance should contact the City of The Village of Clarkston at (248)625-1559 for official information.


The Clarkston Historic District Commission has developed the following points to assist in the preparation of construction proposals for submission to the Commission. These points generallv summarize (and should not be construed to limit) the scope of the review guidelines and standards applied by the Commission under Clarkston’s Local Historic District Ordinance No. 118, the Michigan “Local Historic District Acts” Act, P.A. 169 of 1970, as amended (Michigan Compiled Laws 399.201 et seq) and The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings (Revised 1990).

All proposed construction projects within the historic district (other than ordinary maintenance and repair) must be compatible with existing Historic District resources in the following areas:

1. Scale:
  • Including mass, bulk, height, symmetry, setback, and contiguous structures such as balconies, porches and decks

  • 2. Architectural Style:
  • If a historical style is proposed, it must be based on a historical style
    already present in the district and exhibit the proper vocabulary,
    proportions, roof shape, features, windows and doors.
  • Details and ornamentation should be consistent with and suggest the
    chosen architectural style, but should not patently imitate or reproduce
    existing historic details or ornamentation.
  • 3. Materials:
  • Preferred materials are wood, stone, brick and concrete block. Acceptable modem roof materials are asphalt or fiberglass shingles.
  • 4. Streetscape:
  • The construction should contribute to and blend with the identity of the district and the rhythm of the streetscape and should not compete with historic structures for attention.

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