Those historic preservation folks can be very...persnickity.<quoted text>
Lars, my new landlord, was telling me about his struggles to renovate the fourplex. It's a historical building, so he has to get everything approved by some historical review board. They fought him on putting in a security door on the front of the building (took him two years to get approval). THey fought him when he had to rebuild the porch -- they wanted him to use 100% natural pine, but he wanted to use some concrete and composite/resin products for their durability. You can't tell the difference really by looking at it from the sidewalk (I couldn't tell and Iwas at the front door). I figure, as long as it LOOKS appropriate, who cares what it's made of?
We, as in my employer, has lock and powerhouse that is on the historic register, and when a brick wall started falling, they were very strict about what kind of brick we could use to repair it.
We wanted to change the layout of the bricks, they were mostly ornamental - white glazed, to make them more structurally sound, but we were not permitted to do that. Had to go back just they way they were. And of course, they don't make white glazed brick like that anymore, so we had to special order them, getting approval from the historic folks first, of course.
Meh. I see where they're coming from, but we should also try to update the materials, where possible, so the sh!t lasts another 100 years.