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Understanding Old Buildings: The Process of Architectural Investigation

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McDonald, Travis C., Jr., Preservation Briefs 35, National Park Service

      1. Contents
      2. Introduction
      3. Determining the Purpose of Investigation
        1. Historical Research
        2. Documentation
        3. Inventory
        4. Stabilization
      4. Investigators and Investigative Skills
        1. General and Specialized Skills
        2. Specialists on a Team
      5. Case Study: Evolution of a Farmhouse
      6. Studying the Fabric of the Historic Building
        1. Original Construction and Later Changes
        2. Conducting and Architectural Investigation
        3. Reconnaissance
        4. Surface Mapping
        5. Non-Destructive Testing
        6. Destructive Testing
        7. Laboratory Analysis
      7. Looking More Closely
        1. Masonry
        2. Wood
        3. Attics and Basements
        4. Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Other Systems
        5. Roofs
        6. Floors
        7. Walls
      8. After Weighing the Evidence
      9. Keeping a Responsible Record
      10. Conclusion and Bibliography