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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 historic context, original construction, use and evolution, alterations and additions, and identifying current conditions, and budgeting and prioritizing future work.
Such studies can vary greatly in scope and scale and are described by varying terms including: condition survey, feasibility study, and preservation plan, but it is the Historic Structure(s) Report (HSR) that has become the terminal planning document before major work, and can also serve to guide ongoing stewardship as well.
For our consideration in funding for a project an HSR is required and must, at a minimum do the following:
- Document the historic context of a resource, including its original construction and use, evolution and alteration;
- Identify and document current conditions in detail, with special focus on character defining features;
- Propose broad treatment recommendations and make detailed treatment recommendations for all areas, with special focus on character defining features; and
- Propose priorities and provide estimated costs for proposed work. For more information, see Historic Structures Reports and Preservation Brief 43: The Preparation and Use of Historic Structure Reports, prepared by the National Park Service.
Please consult the State Historic Preservation Office (SPHO) 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 been formally determined eligible for individual listing at the Statewide or National level of significance.
Sites with a Local level of significance will not be considered. If the site is not currently listed, we will accept a letter stating a formal determination of individual eligibility has been made by the State Historic Preservation Officer.