Will owners be forced to restore or improve their historic properties if they are designated?
Designation of a structure or site is not intended to force property owners to recreate the original appearance of a building or to make it like a museum. Property owners will not be forced to improve their buildings nor will they be required to restore them to their exact original appearance or recreate missing architectural features. Instead, property owners will be encouraged to properly maintain their buildings and take pride in their neighborhood. When an owner contemplates making improvements to a building, the Whitefish Bay Architectural Review Commission will attempt to ensure that the work is done in a manner sympathetic to the structure’s historic character and in conformance with good construction practices.

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1. What properties are eligible for designation as local historic structures or sites?
2. How are structures and sites designated?
3. What are the advantages of having a property declared historic by the Village of Whitefish Bay?
4. What is the purpose of the design review responsibility by the Whitefish Bay Architectural Review Commission and how does the review process work?
5. Can designated historic properties be demolished?
6. Will owners be forced to restore or improve their historic properties if they are designated?
7. Will new construction be prevented at historic sites?
8. Will property taxes be increased as a result of historic designation?
9. How does one obtain an application to have a building or site dedicated historic or request permission to make a change to an already designated property?