Historically Useful: Main Street Features
Thick brick walls have greater thermal mass to reduce the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling.
Like many historic Main Street buildings, these structures have many large, operable windows for natural light and ventilation.
Shared party walls between buildings help conserve heat by reducing the surface area exposed to extreme temperatures.
Compact downtowns, with wide sidewalks and streetlights, are walkable. Mixed-use upper stories reduce the need for cars.
Retractable awnings used for storefronts and upper floors help regulate solar gain and loss, and provide shade from the hot summer sun.