In October of 2005, the Wabash City Council adopted a Historic Preservation Ordinance. This ordinance created a Historic Preservation Commission, which is a body of five people, appointed by the Mayor, to protect the historic architecture in the city of Wabash. The Historic Preservation Commission meets this goal in several ways: 1) Educate the public about the importance of historic buildings and preserving them. 2) Acts as a resource to building owners who want to make improvements to their buildings. 3) Creates local historic districts with attached design guidelines to preserve the historic character of our downtown and residential areas. When our historic buildings were built, basic design principles, such as texture, color, rhythm, and pattern, was used to make our commercial areas and residential neighborhoods a cohesive, yet unique, place to live, work and play. These Design Guidelines will follow the same design principles, and aid those rehabilitating historic buildings and building new buildings, by identifying desirable aesthetic qualities for Downtown Wabash.
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