Historic Preservation

Mark Miears

Development Services Director


(903) 731-8402

Greg Laudadio

Planner/Historic Preservation Officer


(903) 731-8419

Athena Petty

Greg Hearn

Historic Preservation

Palestine City Hall

504 N. Queen Street
Palestine, TX 75801

Monday - Thursday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Windows and Doors

The placement and relationship of the size of windows and doors within and to wall surfaces and the type of windows and doors historically present are important characters defining elements. Their placement, size, shape, function, detailing and structure are associated with different architectural styles, building traditions and historical periods. A photograph over 50 years old can provide information on window and door size, shape, pane pattern, details and even shutters used in the historic period. 

Historic windows were designed to be easily repaired, and repair is usually less costly than replacement windows. Using storm windows with historic windows can increase energy efficiency without damaging the character of the building.

Since windows and doors are such important features, conducting any repair or replacement that involves changes or replacement of historic windows, doors, or related features without a Certificate of Appropriateness can result in penalties.

Preserves History

  • Protecting and maintaining the wood and metals that comprise the frame, sash, muntins, and surrounds of windows in historic buildings
  • Repair and caulk windows to ensure working order. 
  • Replace working parts that cannot be repaired with appropriate new parts. 
  • Retaining original doors and entries.
  • Retaining original door and window hardware.

Damages History

  • Removing original windows and replacing with aluminum, vinyl, or other window types or materials.
  • Changing the function or pane pattern
  • Installing a different sized window.