OUR HISTORIC HOUSING
Our vision is to work together to preserve our historic housing and build new housing that reflects the different contexts that characterize our neighborhood. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development 40 to 50 years is the average life span of a house without significant annual maintenance. Many of our houses have passed their original prime, but are also of historical value.
Our neighborhood dates back more than 100 years.
(1%) of our housing was built after 2010.
Most of our housing was constructed in the early twentieth century.
Some characteristics that make Third Ward housing distinct:
Shotgun styles homes
Gabled front porch
One or two rooms laid out in a straight line
Bungalow style homes
Low-pitched rooflines, usually done in a hip or gable (triangular) style
Pillars lining the entry
Wide, overhanging eaves
Covered front porch
Exposed rafters under the eaves
Other housing characteristics
Wrought iron porch columns and railing details
HISTORIC HOUSING THREATS
As development pressures rise, the destruction of our historic housing accelerates. Not only does this threatens the character of the neighborhood, but it also displaces our residents and decreases the number of affordable housing units available to our most vulnerable residents.
Between 2011 and 2016, 513 homes were demolished.
NORTHERN THIRD WARD GOALS
Preserve existing historic housing by developing or supporting a program to assist with home maintenance and repairs; explore the potential for this to be a neighborhood volunteer corps or workforce program for local residents.
Identify historic housing that is at risk of being demolished; create partnerships to move (if necessary) and renovate this housing to provide truly affordable units and infill vacant lots.
Acquire vacant or abandoned homes and buildings for new housing.
EXISTING HOUSING TYPOLOGY