Village of Ossining Architectural Design Guidelines
The Village of Ossining Architectural Design Guidelines is a comprehensive document containing architectural design recommendations and best practices for commercial and residential structures within the Village. The Guidelines are the product of collaboration between Stephen Tilly Architects, Inc of Dobbs Ferry and the Village Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Historic Preservation Commission, along with Village Planning Department staff.
The Guidelines focuses on the Village's Sparta and Downtown historic districts, the residential neighborhoods surrounding these two districts, and the commercial corridors located on Routes 9 and Route 133. If your property is not located within these areas, you will still find the recommendations to be useful in planning your project.
The full document can be downloaded at the link below:Village of Ossining Architectural Design Guidelines
If you wish to look up specific information applicable to a project you wish to undertake, please see the links below: Architectural Guidelines Mapping Page
see an interactive map illustrating each of the areas treated by the Guidelines. You will need to download and install the Google Earth browser plug-in
to access this page. Guideline Subject Areas - Maps Descriptions, and Special Design Considerations
Click any of the links below for details on each of the areas covered by the Guidelines: Sparta Historic DistrictDowntown Historic DistrictAdjacent NeighborhoodsCommercial Arteries Building Elements
Click any of the links below to be taken to recommendations and best practices for that particular building element: Roofs DoorsExterior Walls and Trim Ornamentation and Details Wood Porches and Porticos Masonry Lattice Paint Colors Signage and AwningsSkylights Additions and New Construction Windows Land Form: Issues and Opportunities
Click any of the links below to be taken to recommendations and best practices for landscaping, site planning, and more: Things in the yard PathsRetaining walls, steps & grade changes CarsFences GardeningExterior lighting TreesAdditional Resources
See the links below for links to websites with further information on the topics covered in the Guidelines: Historic PreservationNew York State Historic Preservation Office National Park Service - Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation National Trust Historic Paint Color Recommendations
Historic Tax Credits
Owners of historic income-producing real property may qualify for an income tax credit for rehabilitating the property from the state and/or federal government. The link below provides more details. Environment & SustainabilityNYSERDACon Edison - Energy Efficiency US EPA – Lead Safe