Architectural Conservation Assessment
Assessment > Management
of Aging Buildings from "A Condition Assessment
Process Developed for Use in the Private Sector"
by Audet-Lapointe, Patrice. in Kelley, Stephen J.
and Marshall, Philip C., editors Service life
of rehabiltated buildings and other structures.STP
1098, Philadelphia: American Society for Testing
and Materials, 1990.
Treatments > Understanding
Old Buildings: The Process of Architectural Investigation.
McDonald, Travis C., Jr., Preservation Briefs
35, National Park Service
"Examination: All activities carried out to determine
the structure, materials, relevant history and condition of
a cultural property, including the extent of deterioration,
alteration and loss. Examination also includes analyses and
study of relevant material, as well as the study of relevant
historical and contemporary information."
D. Glossary, Code
of Ethics, Canadian
Association for Conservation of Cultural Property and of
the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators.
A detailed architectural conservation assessment is the first
step to better understanding how the architectural style(s),
history, and evolution relate to the:
- Value (Contextual)
- Features and Ensemble
- Condition (by Systems, Space and Element)
And, next, how these can help develop long-term treatments
for planning, fundraising, and preservation. An assessment
may include several months of intermittent sites visit conducted
by many staff members to thoroughly examine the structure.
Work should be in tandem with site documentation by recording
with field measured drawings, photographs and a database-formatted
description. Later visits will help explore unanswered questions
or areas, complete missing documentation and, field check
the draft report.
An assessment of this nature will include detailed physical
analysis, historical research, cost estimates, structural
evaluation, code assessment, or investigation of potential
hazardous materials. While other preservation criteria and
general treatment recommendations may be referenced, specific
conservation problems will still need to be evaluated in more
depth. Detailed treatment recommendations may await preparation
depending on priorities established as work is in progress.
In-depth historical research, employing primary and secondary
resources, is also included in this assessment. Much of this
work can be coupled with information gathered for a Historic
Structure Report and Historic Furnishing Plans.
And assessment is followed by the development of Treatment
for Fieldwork and Cultural Resource Assesment Reports,
Kentucky Heritage Council (SHPO)
The Role of Analysis
in the Conservation Process, Architectural Conservation
Technology, Volume III, Historic Site Analysis, Heritage
Conservation Program, Architectural and Engineering Service,
Public Works Canada for Environment Canada; Canadian Heritage,
Parks Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.
Secretary of Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for
Identification (48 FR 44720-23)