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The Use of Awnings on Historic Buildings
Repair, Replacement & New Design

44 Preservation Briefs
Technical Preservations Services
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

A shopkeeper rolls out an awning at the beginning of the workday; a family gathers under a porch awning on a late summer afternoon. These are familiar and compelling images of earlier urban and residential life in America. For two centuries, awnings not only played an important functional role, they helped define the visual character of our streetscapes. Yet, compared to historic photographs of downtowns and neighborhoods with myriad awnings, today’s streets often seem plain and colorless.

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