Historic District Guidelines



Historic District Guidelines

Pursuant to the authority conferred by RSA 674:45-50 of the New Hampshire Statutes and for the purpose of the preservation of structures and places of historic and architectural value, the preservation of the cultural, social, economic, political and architectural history of the district, the conservation of property values in the district, fostering of civic beauty, strengthening of the local economy, and promoting the use of the Historic District for the education, pleasure and welfare of the citizens of the Town, the following policies and rules are adopted by the Sandwich Historic District Commission. 


The Town Meeting of March II, 1982, voted the authority to establish the Historic District of Sandwich under RSA 674:45-50 within the said district, the construction, exterior alteration, moving, demolition or use of structures and places shall be regulated by the Historic District Commission. 


The purposes of the Historic District Commission are, to preserve the ambience of the buildings and their setting in the Historic District of Sandwich, to encourage the maintenance of such buildings and to ensure that the exterior of existing, and new buildings are in visual harmony and scale with the neighborhood, and to strengthen the local economy by conserving property values. References: RSA 674:45-50.  


The Historic District is that area of the Town of Sandwich bounded by: Red Hill River, Creamery Brook, the intersection of Mt. Israel Road and Diamond Ledge Road, Stanton Brook, and Burleigh Hill Brook, as shown on the Tax Map in the Selectmen's Office. Within the area, the district extends back 200 feet from the centerline of each road.  


The following guidelines do not expect to foresee all possible proposed changes. Unique situations will have to be evaluated by the Commission, and the decisions concerning them will be made with these guidelines in mind.

These guidelines will be applied to buildings as follows:  

I-  Existing Buildings:  All additions and exterior changes will be considered on an 
individual basis with emphasis on harmony with existing buildings and their settings.  

2. New Construction: The exterior of the building is to be consistent with the scale, and in balance with, existing buildings. 


1.Architectural Style: The architecture and proportions of the structure shall be consistent with those buildings within the district.  

2. Siding: Siding shall be wood clapboards or wood shingles. On out buildings, vertical wood or board and batten siding may be used, as well as any of the above. 

3. Color: Colonial colors are preferred.  

4. Roof; Roof lines and roofing material shall be consistent with the roof and roofing of the buildings existing in the district. 

5. Windows: Arrangement and the style and size of windows shall be compatible with the windows of buildings within the district. If storm windows and storm doors are aluminum, white anodized is preferable.  

6. Shutters: If proposed, wooden shutters are preferred and shall be of proper size, i.e. would cover the window if closed. Shutters may be removed if desired. Vinyl, acrylic or polystyrene shutters are not appropriate.  

7. Doors: Size and style shall conform to that of existing buildings within the district.  

8.  Chimneys: Chimneys shall be brick or brick faced. Stucco chimneys will be considered upon application.  

9. Porches: Porch construction shall conform to existing porches and shall be in harmony with the structure to which it is attached.  

10. Garages: Shall relate architecturally to the building they will serve.  


1. Fences: Fences shall be no higher than 4 feet and shall be set back 2 feet from the property line and 25 feet from the centerline of the load. Fences shall be of white picket or other wood construction or wrought iron. Stone walls may be used along property boundaries and roadways. Rail fences may be used on side and back property lines.  

2. Signs: Permanent signs shall not exceed 6 square feet in size. All signs shall be hung in a manner consistent with the neighborhood. Dark letters on a white (or light) background are preferred. Use of a commercial trademark or device is discouraged. Lighting of exterior signs is not desirable, but will be considered upon showing of hardship. Signs shall be limited to 3 per business, 2 directional 6" x 36", and one sign not more than 6 square feet at site of the business. In the case of temporary signs the Commission will have the discretion to regulate sign dimension, appearance and location.  

3. Outdoor Lighting: Incandescent lighting is to be used. Area lighting is not appropriate.  

4. Landscaping: Where changes of ground level is required for the installation of 
foundations, septic systems, etc., appropriate fill and grading is required to make the altered area conform to its surroundings. 

5. Recreational Facilities: Tennis courts, swimming pools, etc., will be considered upon application. Primary consideration will be given to abutter opinion and degree of public visibility.  

6. Land Use: It is in the interest of the Town and the Historic District to encourage the continuance of land uses that are appropriate to the area and involve no alteration to a structure. "The Secretary of the Interior's STANDARDS FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION PROJECTS with Guidelines for Applying the Standards", U.S. Department of the Interior, Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service, Technical Preservation Services Division, Washington, D.C., 1979, and subsequent revisions thereof, shall provide additional guidelines for construction within the Historic District.

Exceptions to the above based on hardship may be considered and granted by the Commission.  

February, 1983 
June, 1984 
September 12,1989 
December 15,1992 
April 18,1995 
April 17, 2001

© 2017 Sandwich, NH Physical: 8 Maple St, Center Sandwich, NH 03227
Mailing: PO Box 194, Center Sandwich, NH 03227
Phone:  603-284-7701

Powered By Revize Login