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Decorative Treatment of a Space

2011 projects

Coggeshall Farm Museum

  • David R.
  • Maddie A.
  • Pam C.

Governor Henry Lippitt House, Preserve Rhode Island

  • Martine R.
  • Kathleen W.
  • Carolyn R.

Handy House, Westport Historical Society
Images fo work this semester on Flickr

  • Alison T.
  • Bob B.
  • Duane H.

Linden Place, Friends of Linden Place

  • CT N.
  • Matt M.
  • Rand M.


   Take a historic space in a specific structure:

  • Document the existing condition of the space
  • Analyze historic fabric
  • Research historical, and historical, resources
  • Develop a treatment for the space based on either:
    • Site-specific research, documentation
    • Period historic research, other historic examples, period restoration of other sites

Scope of Work and Product

  1. Proposal
    1. Proposal (contract)
    2. Cover letter for proposal (above)
  2. Report
    1. Table of contents, numbered pages, appendices (Roman numerals)
    2. Work undertaken.
    3. Activities beyond the scope of work.
    4. Well-developed methodology for the scope of work, with reference to specific professional standards, when available and applicable.
    5. Well-developed format.
  3. Architectural Drawings
    1. Existing documents
      1. Archives
      2. HABS/HAER collection, Library of Congress
    2. Field recording for measured drawings, below.
      1. Field Notes (section 2.0), Recording Historic Structures and Sites, HABS Guidelines, NPS
      2. Measuring Structures (section 3.0), Recording Historic Structures and Sites, HABS Guidelines, NPS
    3. Measured drawings (assume right angles):
      1. floor plan
      2. elevations (unless too high)
      3. detail
  4. Written Description
    1. Architectural elements, design of space, orientation, significance, including chacter-defining features.
    2. Architectural Character
    3. NPS Preservation Brief 17: Architectural Character — Identifying the Visual Aspects of Historic Buildings as an Aid to Preserving Their Character
    4. NPS Preservation Brief 18: Rehabilitating Interiors in Historic Buildings — Identifying Character-Defining Elements
  5. Architectural Photography
    1. Employ scale as needed.
    2. Color digital images
      1. Minimum 4 MB "master,"
      2. Reduced to 640x480 pixel at 300 dpi for report
      3. Color balance, and sharpen each image
      4. Develop format and name each image file
    3. Labeled images to include: photographer, dates, site / structure, address, floor, room, detail, materials, scale, other notes.
    4. Include at least one exterior image.
    5. Only include images in the report that are specifically referenced.
    6. Permission release for photographs (locate in an appendix)
    7. Photographs of historic images
      1. Identify by repository, location, date, accession or catalog number (if pertinent).
      2. Include copyright, permission to use, if applicable.
        1. Scan any images at 300 dpi
  6. Research resources
    1. Summarize scope of historical research
      1. primary scources: visual documents, inventories
      2. secondary sources
  7. Historical context
    1. Site
    2. Period(s)
  8. Use(s)
    1. Indicate original use, changes in use, proposed use (as known).
    2. History of users and their influence, effect on the space (as known).
  9. Architecture and decoration
    1. Address issues of architectural "style": period, high style, vernacular
    2. Issue of decorative "styles", fashion, etc.
    3. Chronicle evolution
    4. Analysis
  10. Existing conditions — site
    1. Analysis
      1. Visual
      2. Physical
    2. Testing (if conducted)
    3. Samples, artifacts and materials collection
  11. Treatment recommendations — site
    1. Philosophy for treatment, which must adhere to and reference the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (36 CFR 68). (another, updated version).
    2. Rational for your recommendations, providing options as/when required
      1. Record of Decision [To be discussed.]
    3. Note additional work required and recommended future work that needs to be done before final treatment(s) are selected
    4. Architectural surface/element treatments:
      1. floors
      2. walls
      3. ceilings
      4. others
    5. Materials:
      1. wall treatment(s)
        1. coatings (paints)
        2. wallpaper
      2. floor treatment
      3. window treatment (optional)
      4. others
    6. Lighting (optional)
    7. Finish schedule, specify:
      1. product
      2. manufacturer
      3. product data
      4. paint chips, other product samples
      5. MSDS data
  12. Documented references: historic, project specific, products...
  13. Appendices
    1. Contract, signed, any addenda
    2. Drawings (including field measurements)
    3. Definitions
    4. Standards
    5. Architectural fragment inventory
    6. Material and product samples, labeled (copies of samples, photographs acceptable)
    7. Résumé
    8. Others
  14. Report delivery
    1. Report
      1. Hard copy, spiral bound
      2. Copy in Word format
      3. Copy as PDF file.
    2. Architectural fragments
    3. Product samples
    4. Submittal
      1. Cover letter
      2. Accounting of all time, describing work undertaken that is greater than 1/4 hour in length.
      3. Invoice for services rendered (as pro bono services)