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Preservation Project Studio (HP406) Fall 2004
Field-based and field-driven studio augmented by meetings, lectures, site visits.

Philip Cryan Marshall, Associate Professor
Mobile 508.951.8562, E-mail pmarshall@rwu.edu
Office: Engineering 130
HP Office 401.254.3580

Office Hours
Advising hours will be posted on my faculty office door each week, a week in advance. Please sign up and bring an agenda. If you plan to discuss drafts, proposals, drawings, field notes, photographs, or similar material, please leave a copy in my faculty mailbox with a note asking me to preview your work at least two days before your meeting -- to provide enough time to consider carefully your work before getting together.
Course Description

This course provides a team-oriented field experience involving the design, planning and execution of a planning or conservation project, working closely with a non-profit host organization or community, and other professional resources in the field. Students are responsible for specific aspects of the project, coordination of their activities with other students, and integration of their work with the project at large. 5 credits. Fall.

HP 306L, HP 382L
Goals and Objectives
This workshop will entail broad research of the critical issues facing preservation at the national, state and local levels as the basis for developing technical conservation material to aid in the stewardship of local historic districts under the purview of Historic District Commissions (HDCs). It will evaluate resources and initiatives that have been developed to address proactive options and opportunities, partnerships and capacity building. As the basis for background research, mandated and "elective" work — at the national level and for each state — will be placed within a matrix, with exemplary initiatives being singled out for further assessment. The following will be considered:

The nature of preservation issues presented at the National Preservation Conference (Louisville, Kentucky in September); what issues are pertinent to HDC preservation efforts in Rhode Island; and how can they be furthered at the state and local level. This component will include registration (by 15 September) for the conference, conference-related work in advance, attendance at conference sessions, discussion with conference speakers and attendees, reporting, and recommendations.

The role of the National Park Service in the context of the NHPA and SHPO office; as a partner through the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley Heritage Corridor Commission; as a steward of specific sites; and as a regional technical resource. This component will include meeting with NPS representatives, communities who have undertaken cooperative work through MOA.

An assessment of state preservation programs across the country, with an emphasis on the SHPOs, the "Statewides," regional needs and variations, exemplary work; and ways this can help develop future initiatives and resources in Rhode Island.

Operations and role of the RI SHPO office (Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission); work at hand; future plans; and how the SHPO work relates to community needs.

Needs, resources and initiatives at the local level, using Bristol and Newport for studio work. The Studio will further define and address local needs in the context of statewide preservation work, to develop examples of HDC-related preservation resources for consideration.

Bristol HDC Project

This project will entail developing a pilot project to provide technical conservation resources for the Town of Bristol Historic District Commission, area property owners, and professionals. It will inform citizens and decision-makers of the wealth of cultural, professional, financial, and technical, resources; a database listing the structures under purview by the Bristol Historic District Commission, with historical and technical references, past HDC applications, deed research; and other resources. Planning will include investigating other HDC initiatives statewide and nationwide, gathering relevant material from the ACHP, NPS, SHPO, other Rhode Island HDCs, and other resources. The project is designed to be sustained by and for the Bristol community, with partners including the Town of Bristol, the Bristol Historical Society, Mosaico, Preserve Bristol, Preserve Rhode Island, Roger Williams University, and several other organizations.

A preliminary needs assessment, based on interviews of representatives from partnering organizations and other groups, will provide the basis for planning. This project will serve as a model for the future development of Bristol Web-based and community-based preservation initiatives, and guide other communities in the development of similar programs.

Initial, funding will provided through in-kind contribution of time by RWU Preservation Project Studio course participants and community members and cash contribution from the Studio budget. A grant proposal will be develop for the next phase of this project.

Student Responsibilities

  1. Represent the best intentions and interests of Roger Williams University; the School of Architecture, Art & Historic Preservation; the Historic Preservation Program; and standards of professional practice in the field.
  2. Keep a record of your time, tasks, meetings, etc. down to the 1/4 hour.
  3. Attend all site visits, meetings, field trips, and classes;
  4. Develop a project notebook of all contacts, correspondence and work; distribute "minutes" or a summary of any meetings; follow-up every meeting with a "thank you" note with a meeting summary, when appropriate;
  5. Work as involved, responsible member of all project teams;
  6. Actively participate in class and meeting discussions, planning, integration of independent work with other efforts;
  7. Complete word (word-processed or electronic, when written) by due dates
  8. Advise faculty about any concerns, tutoring, and special needs;
  9. Come to site visits on time and prepared, with necessary tools, equipment, and supplies;


  1. Attendance, active participation mandatory
  2. Team work on course project(s) — 50%
  3. Independent and team work on specific initiatives, research, field work — 50%

Bibliography and Reading

Readings are primarily Web based. In advance of classes or meetings, you must print out hard copies of all assigned reading and include them, with marginal notes and highlighting, in your organized course binder. In many cases you will be responsible for identifying appropriate reading and resources for other project members.

Additional reading will be provided as class handouts and materials on reserve.


Assignments refer to project products, which will be developed by the team members during the semester.

Schedule of Class Meetings

Class will meet during assigned hours. Laboratory work will be scheduled throughout the week based on community and project needs.

Equipment and Supplies

Equipment and supplies will be reviewed in class. Project participants will be responsible for identifying and sourcing some equipment and supplies.