Definitions from "Preserving Community Character"
The following definitions are from "Preserving Community Character", a handbook published in 1988 by the New Hampshire Association of Historic District Commissions:
- Character is what gives a community its identity. It is part imagery, part memory and gathered time, part attitude. Character is whatever gives resonance to a place; whatever references the way life has been, and is, lived there; whatever identifies the community, its, history, its resources.
- Imagery is made up of all the visual clues to the character of a place. It is the way a place is seen.
- Resources are all the wealth of a place. They include people, traditions, institutions, character, buildings, landscape, streetscape, natural features, business, industry, services, trades...
- Significant means that something is worthy of being noticed because it helps to explain or signify what a building, a style or a place is about. An element does not have to be "the most important thing" to be significant.