Architectural Character

The architecture of buildings in Keene’s downtown reflects the history, personality and qualities of the community and the businesses that inhabit them. In discussions with citizens regarding the architectural style for future downtown buildings, a few key points emerged.

  • New buildings should not be homogeneous. Avoid a generic development feel and create individual buildings with a distinct character.
  • New buildings in downtown should be made from quality materials that are durable and do not become blighted over a short period of time.
  • Architecture can and should be contemporary and elegant. However, it also needs to be rooted in Keene’s local aesthetic, with the influence of contemporary design and sustainable innovation creating a balance between old and new and helping maintain the integrity of the built environment.
  • Character-defining features of historic buildings should be preserved and used to influence the design of new buildings.