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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: Terraserver

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 owners.

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.

Refer to. . . 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 (GSA) Historic Preservation Technical Procedures listing — especially materials under:

Obtain street map from MapQuest.

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 purpose.

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).

Work Product

  1. A list of what your team believes are the ten (10) most pressing architectural conservation issues facing property owners.
  2. In a short paragraph, justify your choice of each.
  3. Identify, by address (or other coordinates) the location of examples of the issues.
  4. 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.")
  5. Illustrate examples with photographs (as 1024x867pixel jpg files, or larger) and/or field sketches.
  6. 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.
  7. Definition of preservation terms, with links to references as needed.
  8. Reference to relevant preservations standards:
    1. Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
    2. Bristol Historic District Commission (site not updated)