Overall foundation height and height of exterior foundation walls are important character-defining elements of historic buildings and care should be taken when repairing foundations and their exterior walls to maintain the foundation height of the historic building and utilize construction methods compatible with the historic methods.

Preserves History

  • Repair and maintain elements of the foundation using materials that are an exact match for existing elements.
  • Although often not visible from the street, maintenance and periodic inspection of building structure and foundation helps ensure building longevity.

Damages History

  • Failure to maintain the foundation and structural system, resulting in loss to property value.
  • Changing structural systems and visible foundation features in ways that remove historic material.