What is a Historic Structures Report?

Many historic preservation projects begin with an architectural study prepared by an experienced architectural historian, preservation architect or building conservator. They provide a means for documenting original construction, use, alterations, and history, identifying current conditions, and prioritizing for future work. These studies are important planning documents. They can vary greatly in scope and scale and are described by varying terms including: condition survey, feasibility study, preservation plan, and Historic Structure(s) Report (HSR). HSRs are multidisciplinary planning documents, often created by a team of professionals to evaluate many aspects of a property in a single report. For our funding of a project an HSR should do the following: 1. document the history of a resource, this can include original construction and use, evolution and alteration, and the stories of its owners over time 2. identify and document current conditions 3. make prioritized recommendations for future work 4. assess project feasibility and provide estimated costs. For more information, Historic Structures Reports and Preservation Brief 43: The Preparation and Use of Historic Structure Reports, prepared by the National Park Service.

Is an HSR required for funding?

For capital improvement projects (bricks-and-mortar work, rehabilitation, etc.) the Jeffris Family Foundation requires an HSR.

What if I do not fit the Funding Criterion?

If you do not fit the criteria found on the PRESERVATION portion of this website, please contact us for additional information. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, or other organizations listed in Historical Links.

How do I know if my building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places?

Please consult the State Historic Preservation Office in your state. Remember that being a contributing resources in a National Register Historic District alone does not qualify; the property must be individually listed or formally determined eligible for individual listing. If it is not currently listed, we will accept a letter stating a formal determination of individual eligibility by the State Historic Preservation Officer. Though it is not then required to complete the nomination for individual listing, we would hope that would eventually happen.

What if my historic site is listed as locally significant but I feel it has a higher level of significance than now documented?

Often early National Register listings did not designate the level of significance or opted for local significance to avoid the need to develop the documentation supporting state or national level significance when they were prepared and processed.  If you feel you can provide that documentation and your State Historic Preservation Officer agrees that state or national significance is appropriate, we will accept a letter stating and justifying that opinion by the SHPO.

What if it is not an Historic Structures Report we need but another kind of planning document?

Other preliminary planning documents should be completed before application to the Foundation. We fund only HSRs, components or compilation of an HSR, and community-based capital campaigns. See Preliminary Planning Documents.