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Architectural Conservation Issues — Bristol Report

Resources (select)

Report Outline

Start with one-page format (or two page, but ideally one-page, wih reduced photograph, with caption ID below photo). Well designed, consistent.

Employ technical writing format.

Bristol (as a Certified Local Government: CLG) has been awarded a Rhode Island CLG grant (see recent CLG grant awards) with Bristol as a CLG.

Secretary of Interior's Standards, NPS, USDI

Conservation issues, needs facing property owners. Define conservation.

Bristol Historic District (State Survey, with Bristol survey of town available as a PDF file.)

Preliminary "survey" of the district's architectural resources.

  • When was survey?
  • With whom?
  • Under what auspices? (Three-hour walk through town is to examine various buildings (residential, commercial, civic, religious, industrial, and others, as possible.)

Brief description of the building stock of the district: its time period, construction type and materials, significance, condition, integrity, etc. (based on your site visit).

Determine the ten most pressing architectural conservation issues facing property owners.

List issues at beginning of paper (after intro material), develop "matrix" as needed or interrelated issues.

Define the issues in a broad-scope manner (without reference to specific houses, sites, examples).

Show the interrelationship of issues. Develop heirarchy (see "causes" below). For example:

  • Due to deterioration
  • Due to inappropriate treatment

Relate to Construction Specifications Institute 50-Division Master Format, (numbers & titles, PDF file). Reference divisions (tyically 03 to 14, 21-23).

  • Consider a way to organize your Bristol conservation issues accrding to CSI format, with the idea that this information could later be easier to access for the development of guide oultine specifications.

When addressing one issue:

  • Justify your choice. May be informed by general survey. Pedominance of material, details, and examples.
  • Address potential underlying cause(s).
  • Cite related issues, by name.
  • Write one or two paragraphs. As pertinent, include quotes (perhaps from the two resources, below, or other resources. Cite in full.)

Reference two of the best, most pertinent resources.

  • Employ full citation.
  • Include URL, web address.
  • Write a one-paragraph annotation as to why the resource is particularly important. As needed, include particular quotes from the source. When quotes are long: indent and single space.


  • 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 develop.


  • By hand
  • Scanned
  • Scaled as needed