With more and more people buying houses, mainly as second homes or vacation rentals, the paint colors chosen to ‘re-do’ homes in the historic district have been dubious at best, and in many cases appear to be weak, failed attempts at mimicking the ‘jelly bean’ cottages of Marina Villages. Disturbed, frustrated and generally fed up by the general lack of taste and regard for the Historic Register, the Historic District Review Board aims to take matters into their own hands by coming up with some form of color palette that would provide a foundation for acceptable use for the historic homes of Cape Charles. Also, the color proposed for “new buildings or additions should be compatible with those in use on historic buildings in the historic district”.
Currently, the Historic District Guidelines do make an attempt to define the types of colors to be used in the Town’s Historic District, however there is quite a bit of leeway. That said the “Board is empowered to place specific colors in the Guidelines”.
Planner Larry DiRe has put together a swatch of potential colors based somewhat on the ‘Color Chart of Historically Accurate Paint Colors in the Old and Historic Alexandria District and the Parker-Gray District’. Other colors, including Williamsburg palettes, were also supplied by other board members. Chairman Joe Fehrer has tasked the board to take the palettes home and come up with 15 to 20 that they feel are appropriate, and which may be used to build some form of consensus.