Capitol Hill Restoration Society

DC HPO Handouts & Guidelines

The Historic Preservation Office (HPO) has also developed a series of short handouts, “Preservation Briefs” relating to repair and replacement of historic property elements. The list below is a sample of the kind of information you can get from the website – HPO cautions that some of the provider information may be out of date:

Door Replacement for Historic Properties: HPO Door Repair/Replacement Guidelines 0718
Walls and Foundations – HPO Guidelines:HPOguidelinesWalls&Foundations
Masonry Repair and Repointing: HPOmasonryBrief0316
Metal Repair and Fabrication: HPOmetalRepairBrief0316
Roof Decks and Roof Additions: HPOroofAdditionBrief0316
Window Repair and Replacement: HPO Window Repair/Replacement Guidelines 0718

In addition to these Preservation Briefs, the HPO web site posts Historic Preservation Design Guidelines and Permit Guidelines. These Guidelines provide useful guidance on many maintenance and repair problems encountered in historic buildings.

Sustainability Guide for existing historic properties

Introduction to the Historic Preservation Guidelines

Windows and Doors for Historic Buildings
Roofs on Historic Buildings
Walls and Foundations on Historic Buildings
Landscaping, Landscape Features and Secondary Buildings in Historic Districts
Energy Conservation for Historic Buildings
Accommodating Persons with Disabilities in Historic Buildings
Additions to Historic Buildings
Porches and Steps on Historic Buildings
New Construction in Historic Districts
Utility Meters in Historic Districts

For more information go to the DC Historic Preservation Office web site.


Preservation Briefs include such subjects as repairing historic windows, historic masonry, and historic roofs. They are produced by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, and are available at the D.C. Historic Preservation Office, 614 H Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001, or for sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.

A subscription to The Old House Journal is a worthwhile investment (The Old House Journal, P.O. Box 50214, Boulder, California, 80321-0214). It is also available at the District of Columbia Public Library, Martin Luther King Branch.

Also see the Capitol Hill Restoration Society Guidelines, available on a variety of topics.