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The US Postal Service celebrated the historic barn at 11 Ives Road on a Postcard in 2000.
2000 USPS
Courtesy of the artist - Wendell Minor

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Address:
Historic District Commission
Town of Washington
2 Bryan Plaza
P.O. Box 383
Washington Depot, CT 06794

Email: historic@washingtonct.org

T: 860-868-0423
F: 860-868-2819
Note that several departments share this fax line, so please address your document clearly!

Hours:
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Lower level of Bryan Memorial Town Hall
Washington Depot

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Washington Green Historic District



Willis House ca. 1810
1989



Willis House - Gunn Historical Museum
2009

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Sunny Ridge Historic District



Boyd House 1989


Boyd House 2009

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Appointed Officials:
(5-year term)
Jane Boyer, Chair
Alison Gilchrist
George Krimsky
Phyllis Mills
Tom Hollinger
Sarah Woodroofe, Alternate
Susan Averill, Alternate
Louise Van Tartwijk Alternate
Staff:
Janice Roberti, Secretary

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Calhoun/Ives Historic District



James Calhoun House 1989


James Calhoun House 2009

 

Municipal historic districts in Connecticut are authorized exclusively through Chapter 97a of the Connecticut General Statutes. Once enacted by the vote of both the legislative body of the municipality and the residents of the proposed district, the district is placed under the jurisdiction of a locally appointed historic district commission. Such a commission is a full fledged land use agency of the town, and exercises powers comparable to the zoning commission, wetlands commission and a zoning board of appeals.

THERE ARE THREE HISTORIC DISTRICTS IN WASHINGTON:

Washington Green Historic District
District Map

Sunny Ridge Historic District
District Map

Calhoun Street - Ives Road Historic District
District Map

District Studies:

Report of the 1975 Historic District Study
1975 Historic District Study Photos
Report of the 1989 Calhoun Ives Historic District Study


HOW TO WORK WITH THE HISTORIC DISTRICTS IN WASHINGTON

The Historic District Commission and staff are pleased to work with the residents in our three Historic Districts to protect the unique heritage of each district for current and future generations.

Whether you are a district resident, prospective resident, enthusiastic visitor or would just like to learn more about the history and the design review process of our three districts, PLEASE READ THIS PAGE and download our Guidelines, Rules and Regulations, Forms, Application Review Checklist, as well as studies and maps, or join us for one of our meetings.

Detailed information about the Historic District Commission may be found in the Commission Rules and Regulations.


HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION MEETING DATES:

Generally, the Commission meets on the third Monday of each month at 7:30 PM in the Land Use Meeting Room on the lower level of Bryan Memorial Town Hall. See the Town Calendar for possible schedule exceptions, such as holidays. Also be sure to check Public & Legal Notices for possible last minute schedule changes.

MEETING AND APPLICATION DEADLINE DATES - 2014:

Meeting dates:Application Deadlines:
January 13December 26, 2013
February 10January 23
March 17February 27
April 21April 3
May 19May 1
June 16May 29
July 21July 3
August 18July 31
September 15August 28
October 20October 2
November 17October 30
December 15November 27


Minutes of previous meetings are available online.


APPLICATIONS FOR A CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS:

Historic District Commission Permits are called Certificates of Appropriateness (C of A) and require a public hearing.


A permit is not required for repairs or replacement in kind, but a letter of "no exterior effect" is required so that the office is aware of the scope of the ongoing work.


A permit is required for construction of new buildings or structures as well as remodeling or alterations of exterior features of buildings and structures, that are visible from a public street, way, or place. Permits are also required for site improvements including, but not limited to: roads, driveways, parking areas, curbs, sidewalks, fences, walls, dams, bridges, docks, outdoor fireplaces, tennis courts, utility structures, gazebos, swimming pools, lampposts, monuments, statuary, signs, bill posters, primary buildings, accessory buildings, and any other feature of the built environment, visible from a public way or place.


Although it may be located within a historic district, a structure that can not be seen from any public road does not require a Certificate of Appropriateness. Please call the office to confirm this. One of the Commissioners or the Enforcement Officer will make an inspection to confirm that it can not be seen from the road and that a Certificate of Appropriateness is not required.


For the application form see the Forms page.


The Commission strongly urges applicants to read the Guidelines before planning their projects. It is also recommended that they refer to the Application Review Checklist.

RELATED TOWN COMMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

Town of Washington Zoning Regulations, specifically:


ANNUAL REPORTS:

See the Town Annual Report for yearly reports on the activities of the Historic District Commission.


OTHER COMMISSIONS:

See our Land Use Brochure ( 16 pages) for an overview of land use in Washington.

Land use issues may involve one or more Town Departments. See Land Use Commissions for general information about:





HDC UPDATES:

Calhoun / Ives District

Young's Elliot Farm House and Barn Compound
ca 1825


Summer 1989
Summer 2009
Summer 2010



1989
Summer 2009
Fall 2009
Summer 2010




Web page last updated: February 4, 2014