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|Bristol historic district. Source: RIHPHC
One Architectural Conservation Issue — Bristol Field Trip 2012
- Include at least two subjects (one that you will be assigned) on GoogleDoc
- List of resources from other states. Add resources (for your assigned states) to inform the development, format of our full report. More for inspiration adn to understand what other communities haev done...than for specific reference in your individual work.
Historic District Commission
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:
Project Context (fictitious, but piossible)
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.
Preleminary research of other examples for discussion, reference
In advance of your site work, research the resources available for:
- other historic district commissions (HDCs)
- the state historic preservation offices (NCSHPO)
- technical (conservation) components of existing 'design-review guidelines', some of which are available through the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) listing of Online Design Guidelines [select]
...focusing on the states you have been assigned, below. Note: the references to date were collected by stalwart students in 2009 and 2010.
Add resources (more evaluation of exisng recourse, added resources) to this Google Doc page.
Your task at hand is to scout Bristol to
examine various buildings (residential, commercial, civic, religious,
industrial, etc., as possible) and research the architectural conservation resource that you have been assigned below based on what you sign up for.
Indicate at least two subjects (on this Google doc page) you are interested in. Your assigned subject will be selected and highlighted.
Employ technical writing.
Outline of introduction to report
To be developed by all students, collectively. Thsi serves as an introduction to your individual subjects, collated, and follwing this introduction.)
Employ report outline (on GoogleDocs) to add copy.
- Well-composed, illuminated photographs. Include scale, as needed.
- Format, size of images
- "Tweak" images
- Label, as needed
- Identify, by address (or other coordinates:
intersections, etc.) the location of examples of the issues you
Illustrations (as possible)
Refer to Specifications reading.
. . 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.
The new, 2004 MasterFormat, which has 49 Divisions, can
be previewed in MasterFormat in 10 Easy Steps (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).