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|Bristol historic district. Source: RIHPHC
Ten Architectural Conservation Issues — Bristol Field Trip
Also: Added comments about assignment.
Refer to Suggestions for Architectural
Conservation Research Bibliography to provide suggestions for
the bibliography assignment. The issues or needs you identify during
your Bristol Field Trip might also be the basis for your Research
Bibliography assignment. Not surprisingly, that's part of the
reason for the field trip.
Resources (select, look for others)
|Hope Street to Town Common, Bristol historic district. Source:
Preliminary Conservation Assessment
Let us supppose that the Town of Bristol, as a designated Certified
Local Government (CLG) in Rhode Island (part of the national CLG
program), has been awarded a
Rhode Island CLG grant (see recent CLG
grant awards) to develop conservation-specific materials for
the town's property owners in the local Bristol Historic District.
In preparation of developing resources, you are asked to conduct
a preliminary "survey" of the district's architectural
resources and conservation issues/needs facing property
Your task at hand during your three-hour walk through town is to
examine various buildings (residential, commercial, civic, religious,
industrial, etc., as possible) and determine the most
pressing architectural conservation issues facing property owners.
. . the Construction
Specifications Institute 16-Division Format (old format, pre 2004, but still employed by many architects, specifiers) to consider
a way to organize your Bristol conservation issues, with the idea
that this information could later be easier to access for the development
of guide oultine specifications. Consider referencing pertinent
specifications sections, which are found under the 16 divisions
(as a preface to the subject) on the General Service Administration
Preservation Technical Procedures listing — especially
The new, 2004 MasterFormat, which has 49 Divisions, can
be previewed in MasterFormat in 10 Easy Steps (Download
as PDF File.) This will be considered during discussion of specifications.
Restrict your sitework to visual inspection from the sidewalk. That is: please do not tresspass. However, take a copy of your architectural
conservation assessment assignment/project with you, should
you run in to a property owner that might be interested in having
you do their house for a possible (no promises) future assessment, which is due at the end of the semester.
Also, in the past, it has been
helpful to show owners this 'Bristol' assignment, if only to validate your
I suggest you start from Hope Street and State Street and head
eastward. Do not only address the "high-style" structures
but consider vernacular structures, perhaps around Wood Street (to
the east) or Franklin Street (northeast).
- A list of what your team believes are the ten (10) most pressing
architectural conservation issues facing property owners.
- In a short paragraph, justify your choice of each.
by address (or other coordinates) the location of examples of
- Identify and cite correctly at least two (2) publications that would help address
each of these issues. Explain (as
an annotation to the citation) why a publication is important
(viz.: "good introduction to roofing issues," or "explains
how to apply preservation standards to the selection of substitute
materials," or "provides specific techniocal and product
information on roofing material.")
- Illustrate examples with photographs (as 1024x867pixel jpg files, or larger)
and/or field sketches.
- One large digital photograph of each
of you (budding conservators, all) "in the field" at work, art-directed
as you wish, yet suitable for Web posting.
- Definition of preservation terms,
with links to references as needed.
- Reference to relevant preservations
of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
- Bristol Historic District
Commission (site not updated)