CFA 16/OCT/03-15


Georgetown Historic District
United States

D.C. Department of Transportation
Georgetown Historic District
Way-finding sign program
Review Type


Dear Mr. Tangherlini:

During its meeting of 16 October, the Commission reviewed the concept for the proposed Wayfinding Sign scheme for the Georgetown Historic District. We understand that the three proposed gateway signs will announce that one is entering Historic Georgetown. A number of other signs throughout the Georgetown Business Improvement District will help direct pedestrians to the major visitor sites. As such, the concept was well received.

However, in terms of the implementation of the signs themselves, more study is in order. In particular, the members feel simulated slate is not the appropriate material for the signs. A more traditional sign material will be more durable, easier to maintain and economical to produce when a replacement is necessary.

The placement and installation of the signs on the existing lampposts should follow local building  codes  for projections over public space to facilitate pedestrian flow and visibility. For names that are too long, the use of two lines of text will help in making the length of the signs more manageable and structurally more secure.

We look forward to the review of further design development at your earliest convenience. As always, the staff and the Old Georgetown Board of Architectural Review are available to assist you in this process.

Donald A. Capoccia
Vice Chairman

Mr. Dan Tangherlini
Director, Department of Transportation
2001 14th Street, NW 6th floor
Washington, DC  20009

cc: Karyn E. Good, Communications Manager, DDOT
Michelle Pourciau, DDOT
Ken Gray, Georgetown Business Improvement District
Jeff Lee, LAI, Lee and Associates