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Go through the NPS Site to see what elese might be referenced, and how we might employ these specifically for homeowners in Rhode Island.

    National Register Owner-Occupied Property Owner Survey

    Review the (draft) Summary of PRI National Register Owner-Occupied Home-Owner Survey results, analyzed and compiled by Kurt Bagley in RWU Preservation Workshop, spring 2002.

    Historical Research (not being done now)

    Review list of Research Resources for historical research in Rhode Island. This was initally compiled by Ben Murphy in RWU Preservation Workshop, spring 2002. I have editied the beginning to give it a second-person "voice".

    Each (or at least several) of these to be defined, illustrates, and exemplified with one case study showing how the resource benefitted research of a site and for a project. Check Deeds for a beginning on this.

    Examples might include:

    • Use to determine target date of a restoration.
    • Historical research for a Tax-Credit project

    Historical Home Owner Property Programs (due to Philip)

    Research your assigned states to determine what programs, services, funding and other resources they have.

    Identify the difference between programs and initiatives of:

    1. the State Historic Preservation Agency (based on NHPA section 106);
    2. SHPO State Preservation Plans: do these reference any homowner-related initiatives, funding, etc.?
    3. the statewide nonprofit organizations.

    Use following categories for programs and initiatives. Or others, if you wish, and... do states have the following:

    1. Description of state/regions architectural styles.
    2. Good material on researching historic sites using local resources.

    Architectural Conservation Assessment

    Review the scope of the assignment for undertaking an Architectural Conservation Assessment, which is written as a an assignment for students.

    Compare with the description of an Assessment for Homeowners, slightly revised to address homeowners.

    Review and comment on this description.

    1. Make it bleed.
    2. Does it work?
    3. How can it be more accessible, engaging for homeowner readers?

    Assess homeowner's inspection list and other technical material for possible reference and use. These include:

    1. Residential Rehabilitation, HUD
    2. Survey Checklist

    Be prepared to work on developing a checklist for use on site. The results for the checklist will be the basis for developign all supporting material for this project.

    Historical Research

    A brief overview of historical research resources at the state and town level, and including the Rhode Island Historical Society

    Preservation Briefs

    1. Work on your selected Preservation Briefs, with new, Rhode Island images, vignettes of examples, and case studies.
    2. Review en example of a brief (Brief 35: Understanding Old Buildings: The Process of Architectural Investigation) that I have reformatted and added some (not all) new images to, as an example of how these will develop.
    3. Make each Brief bleed, writing marginal notes about what would be most pertinent for the proposed changes.
    4. Download and reformat your reif to match the format of the example above.
    5. Compile a list of possible images, including a description of the subject needed.
    6. Compile a list research resources and people you can talk to about finding examples, case studies, and more.
    7. Develop specific examples, case studies (these may end up beign a few Preservation Tech Notes, described below) and other resources, all of which will be related to the Brief's subject and scope.
    8. Consider what other tangential work is needed.

    Other Technical Information

    Standards, Historic Preservation Technical Procedures, U.S. General Services Administration.

    Old House Web, which has compiles a lot or sources, but is commercial, too. As they have compiled a lot of information that is (usually) copyright free, this is a good secondary socure to locate other resources for homeowners.

    Treatments (Secretary of the Interior)

    For starters, we need to define these treatments (although there may be others, indeed):

    Weeks, Kay D. Historic Preservation Treatment Toward a Common Language, Technical Preservation Services for Historic Buildings , Heritage Preservation Services, National Park Service

    Then, we need to illustrate the Treatments. Refere to this illustrated version:

    Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties with Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring, and Reconstructing Historic Buildings, National Park Service

    Combine with revised text from out-of-print Easy Guide to Rehab Standards published by RIHPHC in 1992. I have a copy.

    Provide examples of good work, asapproved by RIHPHC for Tax Act projects, so a couple of you need to head to the Commission to look at tax-credit project records. These are address by the RIHPHC at:

    Review the scope of tax-credit legislation, federal and state programs.


    All images will need to start out as no less than 2 mb files each. This means you will likely need to take images at the highest resolution on your camera. If you have questions, please brign your camera adn instructions to class. If you do not have the instructions, you can probaby download them from the company web site.

    We will go over photography in class


    Keep a record of the name, title, organizations and contact information for people who help you along the way, so they can be acknowledged.