Preservation Standards

Preservation Standards – There are four distinct, interrelated approaches (preservation standards) applied the treatment of historic properties. As a result, these are important definitions to know as you take on a new project, as we tend to use these rather “loosely”.  The National Park Service refers to them as The Standards:

PRESERVATION  – focuses on the maintenance and repair of existing historic materials and retention of a property’s form as it has evolved over time.  LEARN MORE

REHABILITATION –  acknowledges the need to alter or add to a historic property to meet continuing or changing uses while retaining the property’s historic character.  LEARN MORE

RESTORATION –  depicts a property at a particular period of time in its history, while removing evidence of other periods.  LEARN MORE

RECONSTRUCTION –  re-creates vanished or non-surviving portions of a property for interpretive purposes.  LEARN MORE



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