Facade Advisory Board

The Facade Advisory Board is an advisory board, established by Ordinance Number 1999-43 adopted by the City Council to provide design and historic advisory assistance for building and business owners located in the commercial areas of TakomaPark and to provide recommendations to the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission regarding permit applications. Building and business owners applying for a Historic Area Work Permit for facade modifications, signs, and new construction in the commercial areas of Takoma Park are encouraged to consult with the Facade Advisory Board.

Changes to the exterior of any commercial property in the Takoma Park Historic District requires the approval by the City's Facade Advisory Board (FAB) prior to review by the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission. Business and property owners in the Historic District wishing to make exterior improvements should contact the City's Planning Division via email at planning@takomaparkmd.gov to get on the next FAB agenda.

Duties and Responsibilities

The FAB helps to ensure that facade designs and their maintenance are harmonious and consistent with the intended quality and character of the commercial areas of Takoma Park; provides guidance and assistance to commercial building and business owners seeking permits for facade alterations, signs and new construction work; and informs citizens and business owners of historic district benefits and requirements. In 2011, the FAB created Design Guidelines for Commercial Buildings in the City of Takoma Park (PDF.) All exterior commercial improvement projects in the City, especially the historic district, should be consistent with recommendations in the guidelines.

Board Membership 

At least two members must be professionals such as architects, planners, and/or historians; at least two members must be building or business owners located or doing business in the Takoma Old Town and Takoma Junction commercial areas; and one member and alternate are appointed to represent Historic Takoma, Inc. The FAB generally meets the second Tuesday of every other month at 6:30 pm.


Nicholas Corcoran, chair
Caroline Alderson, Historic Takoma representative, alternate
Darsie Cahall
James DiLuigi, Historic Takoma representative
William Fischer
Rick Leonard
Lucy Moore
Eric Sepler

Documents of Interest



Meeting Agenda and Minutes