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Recreate
Seale, William. Recreating the Historic House Interior, Nashville, Tennessee: American Association for State and Local History, 1979.

To recreate is to approximate. An interior is recreated in much the same way that a history book is written. Both are based upon historical investigation, analysis and synthesis. Yet research for recreating an interior setting is likely to involveeven more of a mixture of types of facts than is brought to bear in restoration, or, for that matter, than is admissable to most orthodox historical research.

Seale, William. Recreating the Historic House Interior, Nashville, Tennessee: American Association for State and Local History, 1979, p.ix.

Purpose

General

  1. issue of architectural "style" for interior treatments
  2. style vs fashion
  3. high-style vs vernacular

Site Specific

  1. how did the occupants of a house live in it
  2. who lived in a house
  3. what actrivities occured in the house, what work was done on the house
  4. where did various household activities take place
  5. when were changes made in the space and the architecture

Methodology (different from restoration)

  1. immediate preservation
    1. collect written documents on site
    2. protect structure and all contents
    3. inventory
    4. interview owners, occupants
    5. seek maetrial off-site
  2. research
    1. general
    2. national
    3. state
    4. local
  3. owners / occupants
    1. town / city records
    2. deed records
    3. tax and licenserecords
    4. probate records
    5. wills
    6. contracts
    7. land plats
    8. inventories
    9. civic and criminal proceedings
    10. geneaologies
    11. biographies
    12. diaries
    13. travel accounts
    14. US Census returns
    15. periodicals
    16. newspapers
    17. articles
    18. advertisements
    19. magazines

Physical

  1. Objects
    1. "collections" inventory of household items
    2. catalogue
    3. store
    4. treat
  2. site
    1. archaeological excavations
  3. structure
    1. temporary stabilization and protection
    2. documentation
    3. photographs
    4. historical (refer to above)
    5. measured drawings
      1. floor plans
      2. elevationas of each room
      3. ceiling plans
    6. assessment of existing conditions
    7. surfaces
    8. wallpapers
    9. painted finishes
    10. fabrics and textiles
    11. fasteners
    12. hardware
    13. lighting
    14. utilities
    15. built-in elements
    16. structure
      1. infra-red
      2. x-ray
      3. probing
      4. mirrors
      5. boroscope
    17. materials and assemblies
    18. decorative arts
      1. broad understanding
      2. specific periods
      3. vernacular vs high style (art history)
    19. material culture
      1. furnishings
      2. transient objects
      3. objects of use
      4. ornamental objects
      5. ephemeral objects
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