Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board

What is LHAB?

The Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board has been established to serve in an advisory capacity for the purpose of educating, informing, and making recommendations to City Officials, Departments, Boards and Commissions, and the community on matters relating to historic preservation. Contact the board here.

This site hosted by the Lakewood Historical Society is intended to be a guide to caring for your historic Lakewood home. It is meant for reference only and is not necessarily a reflection of City codes or ordinances except where specifically referenced.

Designation of Historic Properties and Historic Districts

The City of Lakewood's program to designate Historic Properties and Historic Districts. Explanation of Lakewood's Historic Preservation Ordinance 2009 .

Helpful Articles






















by Richard Moe [Op-Ed Contributor]

New York Times, April 6, 2009

NEVER before has America had so many compelling reasons to preserve the homes in its older residential neighborhoods. We need to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. We want to create jobs, and revitalize the neighborhoods where millions of Americans live. All of this could be accomplished by making older homes more energy-efficient.

Let’s begin with energy consumption and emissions. Forty-three percent of America’s carbon emissions come from heating, cooling, lighting and operating our buildings. Older homes are particularly wasteful: Homes built in 1939 or before use around 50 percent more energy per square foot than those constructed in 2000. But with significant improvements and retrofits, these structures could perform on a par with newer homes.

So how does a homeowner go green? [Read full article...]

This Old House magazine "Best Places in the Midwest to Buy an Old House: Editors' Top 12 Picks" features Lakewood.

Historic Preservation Awards

Honoring exemplary projects that have contributed to improving the quality of life in Lakewood through the preservation of our historic and architectural resources.

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Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board Annual Reports

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Historic Restoration and the Maintenance of Older Buildings

A Guide for the Owners of Older Homes and Buildings

The following list of books, magazines, and information has been assembled to provide an easy reference source for Lakewood residents. This list will be helpful if you want to learn more about your old house and how to maintain, repair, and improve it both inside and out, while being respectful of its architecture and design. Click on the drop down arrow for full listings.


American Bungalow. Published quarterly. Subscription includes 8 newsletters. Sierra Madre, CA. Phone 800-350-3363 for subscription information.

Clem Labine's Traditional Building: The Professional's Source for Historical Products. Published bimonthly. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Historical Trends Corporation. Phone 718-636-0788 for subscription information.

Preservation. Published bi-monthly. Washington, D.C.: National Trust for Historic Preservation. Phone 202-673-4166 for membership and subscription information.

Old House Journal. Published bi-monthly. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Old-House Journal Corporation. Phone 508-283-3200 for subscription

Old House Interiors. Published quarterly. South Burlington, VT: Dovetail Publishers. Phone 800-462-0211.

This 0ld House. 10 issues per year. This Old House Ventures. A Time 4 Media Company. Phone 800-898-7237.

General Restoration and Maintenance Books and Manuals

Evers, Christopher. The Old-House Doctor. Woodstock, N.Y.: Overlook Press, 1986. [MAIN ADULT 643.7 3252]

Kitchen, Judith L. Caring for Your Old House: A Guide for Owners and Residents. Somerset, NJ.: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,1991. [MAIN ADULT 643.7 5328]

Kitchen, Judith L. Old-Building Owner's Manual. Columbus, Ohio: Ohio Historical Society, 1983. [MAIN & MADISON ADULT 643.7 Kitchen]

London, Mark. Masonry: How to Care for Old and Historic Brick and Stone. Somerset, NJ.: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,1988.

Maddex, Diane. Landmark Yellow Pages: Where to Find All the Names, Addresses, Facts and Figures You Need. Somerset, NJ.: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,1995. Contains a good bibliography. [MAIN ADULT 363.60973 Landmark]

Melville, Ian A. and Ian A. Gordon. The Repair and Maintenance of Houses. London: Estates Gazette Ltd.,1984.

Moss, Roger W. Century of Color: Exterior Decoration for American Buildings. Watkins Glen, N.Y.: American Life Foundation, 1992.

Moss, Roger W. and Gail Caskey Winkler. Victorian Exterior Decoration: How to Paint Your Nineteenth-Century American House Historically. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1987. [MAIN ADULT 698.12 Moss]

National Park Service. Respectful Rehabilitation: Answers to Your Questions About Old Buildings. Washington, D.C. : Preservation Press, c1982. [MAIN ADULT 720.288 776]

New York Landmarks Conservancy. Repairing Old and Historic Windows: A Manual for Architects and Homeowners. Somerset, NJ.: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1992. [MAIN ADULT 694.6 Repairing]

Poore, Pat, ed. The Old House Journal Guide to Restoration. New York: Dutton, 1992 [MAIN ADULT Book 728.028 Old-house]

Powell, Jane and Svendsen, Linda. Bungalow Kitchens. Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith, 2000. [MAIN ADULT 643.309730904 Powell]

Shivers, Natalie. Walls and Molding: How to Care for Old and Historic Wood and Plaster. Somerset, NJ.: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,1990. [MAIN & MADISON ADULT 693.6 Shivers]

Stephen, George. New Life for Old Houses. Washington, D.C.: Preservation Press, National Trust for Historic Preservation, c1989. [MAIN ADULT 643.7 8516]

Wirth, Thomas. The Victory Garden Landscape Guide. New York: Little, Brown, &. Co., 1984.

Yapp, Bob and Binsacca, Rich. About Your House with Bob Yapp. San Francisco, Calif.: KQED Books & Tapes, 1997.

Dictionaries of Architectural Terms and Books on Architectural Styles

Blumenson, John J.-G. Identifying American Architecture: A Pictorial Guide to Styles and Terms 1600-1945. 2d ed., rev. and enlarged. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., Inc., 1981 [MAIN Adult 720.973 Blumenson]

Carley, Rachel. The Visual Dictionary of American Domestic Architecture: A Graphic Guide to 500 Years of American Home Styles, from the Tipi to the Tract House. Henry Holt, NY, 1997. [MAIN & MADISON ADULT 728.0973 Carley]

Foley, Mary Mix. The American House. New York: Harper & Row, 1980. [MAIN ADULT 728.0973-372]

Gottfried, Herbert and Jan Jennings. American Vernacular Design: 1870-1940. Ames, Iowa: Iowa State University Press, 1988.

Gottfried, Herbert and Jan Jennings. American Vernacular Interior Design: 1870-1940. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1988.

Howard, Hugh. How Old Is This House? New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1989. [MAIN ADULT 728.028-478]

McAlester, Virginia and Lee. A Field Guide to American Houses. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985 c1984. [MAIN ADULT REF 728.0973-M114f]

Phillips, Steven J. Old-House Dictionary: An Illustrated Guide to American Domestic Architecture (1640 -1940). Lakewood, CO.: American Source Books, 1989.

Rifkind, Carole. A Field Guide to American Architecture. New York: New American Library, 1980. [MAIN ADULT 720.973-7814]

Walker, Lester. American Shelter: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Home. Woodstock, New York: The Overlook Press, 1981. [MAIN ADULT 728.37-922]

Books on Architectural History

Hitchcock, Henry-Russell. Architecture: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. New York: Viking Penguin, 1987, 1977. [MAIN ADULT 729 Hitchcock]

Maddex, Diane, ed. Built in the U.S.A.: Why Our Buildings Look the Way They Do. Somerset, NJ.: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1985.

National Park Service Publications

National Park Service Publications from the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office. Contact the GPO toll-free: 866-512-1800 or visit the GPO U.S. Government Bookstore online:

Grimmer, Anne E. "Keeping It Clean: Removing Exterior Dirt, Paint, Stains and Graffiti from Historic Masonry Buildings." National Park Service, Preservation Assistance Division. GPO stock #024-005-01035-l.

Birnbaum, Charles A.; Madigan, Kathleen J. Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties: With Guidelines for the Treatment of Cultural Landscapes. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, Cultural Resource Stewardship and Partnerships; Heritage Preservation Services, Historic Landscape Initiative, 1996.

NPS Reading List series (annotated bibliographies, available singly or as a set): Historic Building Interiors; Historic Concrete; Historic Masonry Deterioration and Repair Techniques; Painting Historic Buildings, Materials and Techniques; Preserving Wood Features in Historic Buildings; Twentieth Century Building Materials, 1900-1950; Maintaining Historic Buildings.

Preservation Briefs From the National Park Service:

The National Park Service publishes a series called Preservation Briefs to assist owners and developers of historic buildings in recognizing and resolving common preservation and repair problems prior to work. The Briefs—in print and fully illustrated with black and white images—may be purchased in hard copy from the Government Printing Office.

The Preservation Briefs are available online on the National Park Service Web site: Technical Preservation Services for Historic Buildings: Preservation Briefs. The web versions of the Preservation Briefs differ somewhat from the printed versions. Many illustrations are new, captions are simplified, illustrations are typically in color rather than black and white, and some complex charts have been omitted.

1: The Cleaning and Waterproof Coating of Masonry Buildings.

2: Repointing Mortar Joints in Historic Brick Buildings.

3: Conserving Energy in Historic Buildings.

4: Roofing for Historic Buildings.

6: Dangers of Abrasive Cleaning to Historic Buildings.

7: The Preservation of Historic Glazed Architectural Terra-Cotta.

8: Aluminum and Vinyl Siding on Historic BuildingsThe Appropriateness of Substitute Materials for Resurfacing Historic Wood Frame Buildings.

9: The Repair of Historic Wooden Windows.

10: Exterior Paint Problems on Historic Woodwork.

12: The Preservation of Historic Pigmented Structural Glass (Vitrolite and Carrara Glass).

13: The Repair and Thermal Upgrading of Historic Steel Windows.

14: New Exterior Additions to Historic Buildings: Preservation Concerns.

15: Preservation of Historic Concrete: Problems and General Approaches.

16: The Use of Substitute Materials on Historic Building Exteriors.

17: Architectural CharacterIdentifying the Visual Aspects of Historic Buildings as an Aid to Preserving Their Character.

18: Rehabilitating Interior in Historic BuildingsIdentifying and Preserving Character-Defining Elements.

19: The Repair and Replacement of Historic Wooden Shingle Roofs.

21: Repairing Historic Flat PlasterWalls and Ceilings.

22: The Preservation and Repair of Historic Stucco.

23: Preserving Historic Ornamental Plaster.

24: Heating, Ventilating, and Cooling Historic Buildings: Problems and Recommended Approaches.

27: The Maintenance and Repair of Architectural Cast Iron.

28: Painting Historic Interiors.

29: The Repair, Replacement, and Maintenance of Historic Slate Roofs.

30: The Preservation and Repair of Historic Clay Tile Roofs.

31: Mothballing Historic Buildings.

32: Making Historic Properties Accessible.

33: The Preservation and Repair of Historic Stained and Leaded Glass.

34: Applied Decoration for Historic Interiors: Preserving Historic Composition Ornament.

35: Understanding Old BuildingsThe Process of Architectural Investigation.

36: Protecting Cultural LandscapesPlanning, Treatment and Management of Historic Landscapes.

37: Appropriate Methods of Reducing Lead Paint Hazards in Historic Housing.

38: Removing Graffiti from Historic Masonry.

39: Holding the Line: Controlling Unwanted Moisture in Historic Buildings.

40: Preserving Historic Ceramic Tile Floors.

42: The Maintenance, Repair and Replacement of Historic Cast Stone.

43: The Preparation and Use of Historic Structure Reports.

44: The Use of Awnings on Historic Buildings: Repair, Replacement and New Design.

45: Preserving Historic Wooden Porches.