Historic Preservation Guidelines

Brick Masonry 

Poor quality repointing work is easy to spot. Inorganic pigments can be used to tint mortar so it matches the historic. mortar of the building.

Stone Masonry

It is best to determine the reason for the damage and eliminate that threat to the stone before making repairs 

Woodwork, Trim, Siding

Well Preserved wood sided buildings are unfortunately rare in Troy. So it is especially important to appreciate and maintain the ones we have 


Just because the paint Manufacture says a color is historic doesn't mean it is appropriate for your building. Combinations and colors and where they are applied are important.

Doors & Hardware

The doors of Historical buildings are likely to be solid wood, first growth lumber, hand crafted and uniquely designed for the building 


Maintaining the buildings original windows will likely save a lot of time. Gaining approval from the Historic Review Committee for replacement can take about a month.

Railings, Metal and Ironworks

Beautiful cast iron details are museum pieces for all the public to enjoy. They need to be protected. 


Historic accessories are finishing touches that express a buildings personality. Original door knobs, hinges, and mail slots or boxes are usually integral design features of the building exterior


A buildings roofline can be a distinctive feature and should be preserved as the designer originally intended it to be.


Successful storefronts bring interest to the streetscape and attract customers. 


The city's signage ordinance is largely based on the philosophy that proper size and placement will enhance and preserve the value and quality of the building. 

Street Trees

Planting no tree at all is better than planting the wrong type. Seek advice before planting trees near your property.

Streetscape and Landscape

Poorly maintained streetscape and landscape gives the impression that the neighborhood is not cared for or even safe. you don't want to give that impression.


In Troy, as in many small cities, it is the responsibility of the property owner to install and maintain safe sidewalks.


Historic fixtures can be restored and fitted with new LED technology. If maintained well they will last another 100 years. Electrical wiring should be done by professionals. There are lighting supply companies in the region who do this very well.


It's easy for alleys to become neglected. But they are important to our urban fabric and should be cared for as public right of way.

Porches and Stoops 

Porches are very rare in Troys Historic District. So preserving their original features is especially important.

Infill Construction

The height of a new building should reflect its historic context. Window rhythm and storefront treatment are important. Materials should be substantial and reflect the pallet of materials in the district.

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TAP, Inc.


210 River Street, Troy NY 12180

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