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The mission of the Historic Resources Committee (HRC) is to identify, understand, and preserve architectural heritage, both nationally and internationally. HRC is engaged in promoting the role of the historic architect within the profession through the development of information and knowledge among members, allied professional organizations, and the public.

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Historic Preservation Plans

  • 1.  Historic Preservation Plans

    Posted 04-10-2019 13:02


    I have posted this question on the Saving Places forum, but would like to get some feedback from architects.


    I have been asked by a developer here in Southern Idaho to create a Historic Preservation Plan for a couple of older farm buildings.

    One is a bungalow cottage, and the other is old "ice house" used for storage.

    Are there any resources, or even templates that I could look at to create a plan?

    I have not done one before, but looking forward to it.



    Blaine O. Johnston, A.I.A.


    (208) 861-5264


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  • 2.  RE: Historic Preservation Plans

    Posted 04-11-2019 11:39
    If you are not familiar with them, the Preservation Briefs of the National Parks Service are a good initial resource for many technical preservation issues. They can be found at the link attached to the highlighted section above.  In particular for you is  Brief 43: The Preparation and Use of Historic Structures Reports.  A true historic structures report is typically a substantial undertaking. If it is beyond the scope needed or available to you, this brief can certainly help you identify components you would want to include in your plan. The other briefs can provide you with guidance on how to approach the proper preservation and maintenance on  many other important building components and systems.

    Hope this helps. Good luck1

    Norman Alston, FAIA
    Norman Alston Architects
    Dallas, Texas

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  • 3.  RE: Historic Preservation Plans

    Posted 04-11-2019 17:34
    There is a firm here in Seattle that specializes in that type of service.
    You might want to make contact with Howard Miller at The Johnson Partnership:

    Good luck!
    Thomas Nychay, AIA

    Gant Nychay Architecture PLLC
    1105 North 38th | Seattle, WA 98103 | 206 545-9100 
    7702 Moon Valley SE | North Bend, WA 98045 | 425 292-9776  

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  • 4.  RE: Historic Preservation Plans

    Posted 04-11-2019 17:36
    have you seen the Getty Institute's Eames House Conservation Management Plan? 

    go to : http://www.getty.edu/conservation/publications_resources/pdf_publications/eames_cmp.html
    to learn more

    Phillip Neuberg FAIA
    Architect - Federal Preservation Officer
    National Institute of Standards & Technology
    Gaithersburg MD

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  • 5.  RE: Historic Preservation Plans

    Posted 04-12-2019 23:46
    Read Brief 43 by all means. But also meet with your SHPO to ascertain their expectations for your approach to the project, not unlike meeting a construction official in a complex project and developing mutual trust.

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  • 6.  RE: Historic Preservation Plans

    Posted 04-12-2019 11:41
    Around here there are people you or he can hire to do a Historic Preservation study of the properties. Most of them have Masters Degrees in the field.
    I am sure there are many articles on Preservation which can teach you about this process. It isn’t a quick learn.

    Best wishes.

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