Restorations and renovations are two different creatures. A restoration “restores” the interior and usually the exterior of a structure to its original appearance.
Homes of presidents are typically restored – back to their condition at the time of their initial construction and decorating. Who could imagine Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello without its nooks and crannies and library shelving?
A renovation, on the other hand, provides the owner an opportunity to modify interiors and exteriors in various ways that were not present originally. For example, removing an original wood floor and replacing it with a tile floor.
The Fort Wayne historic-preservation-guidelines provide guidance to those who wish to restore or renovate in local historic districts (LHDs).