All Wet & How to
Water, water everywhere! Without argument, it's essential to us.
But in terms of the places where we live or work, unwanted moisture means
erosion, corrosion and rot! This mini web-class can help anyone who cares
for, or about, a historic house to better understand and deal with the
three most common sources of the "wet stuff". We'll show you how it
invades historic materials; what goes wrong when moisture is not
adequately managed; and how to turn the corner on present and future
problems by providing some simple, common sense tips. Then, after you've
read everything, take a short quiz to see if you're still "All
Defenders of Land, Sea & Sky
Travel through time and across
country to 56 special places in our nation's past--National Historic
Landmarks that hold fascinating stories of America's "common defense."
Begin with the first shots of the Revolutionary War and "follow history"
to the War of 1812, the Struggle for Western Territory, the Civil War, the
Spanish-American War, two World Wars, and the Cold War. Visit forts,
battle sites, old ships and planes, a modern submarine, and a pioneering
space vehicle! See special places where peace treaties were signed; view
monuments that honor those who have been lost to war. Links to a Guide for
Teachers, Parents, and Other Educators.
for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings
This series of
questions in a "checklist" format has been designed to help anyone who is
considering the rehabilitation of a historic building.
This popular web class should be useful for
anyone interested in learning more about the Secretary of the Interior's
Standards for Rehabilitation, but was designed especially for historic
building owners; new members of design review and historic preservation
commissions; architects, contractors, and developers; maintenance
personnel and others involved in the care of historic buildings; and
students in historic preservation courses. Features two
From the Roof Down
and Skin Deep
"skin" of a historic house includes the roof, chimney, exterior walls,
woodwork, windows, porches, doors, and above-ground portion of the
foundation. Since the "skin" serves as the primary defense against the
weather, regular maintenance and repair are critically important. In this
distance learning program, you'll learn how the various parts of your
historic house were tightly connected when it was built; how to keep
surfaces and features in good repair over time; and what happens if you
don't. Includes a Quiz!
American Engineering Record (HAER) Gallery of Measured and Interpretive
This online gallery of drawings captures the structural,
operational, and contextual significance of nationally and regionally
significant engineering and manufacturing sites.
The Briefs assist
owners and developers of historic buildings in recognizing and resolving
common preservation and repair problems prior to work. They are especially
useful to preservation tax incentive program applicants because they
recommend those methods and approaches for rehabilitating historic
buildings that are consistent with their historic character.
Preservation Tech Notes (PTN)
These Tech Notes provide traditional and innovative solutions to
specific problems in preserving cultural resources for architects,
contractors, and maintenance personnel, as well as for anyone seeking the
tax credit for rehabilitation. TPS is going online with 10 of the most
popular Tech Notes. See these samples:
This program helps guide new
district commissioners in their own community review processes and helps
owners plan their work to consistently preserve historic character!
Discover the basic issues that often arise when rehabilitating historic
buildings for continuing or new uses. Ten projects met the Secretary of
the Interior's “Standards for rehabilitation,” while ten did not.
Historic Preservation Time
This web guide demonstrates
that historic preservation clocks don't move in quite the same way that
the normal one does. What's different about these interpretive and
seemingly arbitrary "clocks" is that they can be temporarily stopped
through Preservation; moved forward through Rehabilitation; moved backward
through Restoration; or re-started through Reconstruction. It is these
ideas about time that constitute the philosophical framework for historic
These guides cover all aspects of caring
for historic buildings--from choosing appropriate treatments to actually
doing the work in ways that meet historic preservation standards. Both the
popular classics and brand new web offerings are easily accessible.
The National Register Information System (NRIS)
Search the NRIS database for properties listed in the National
Register by state and/or county. The National Register will soon premiere
a more advanced search that will let you look up a property by such
categories as "name," "architect," and "street address." You will be able
to find information such as when a property was constructed, it's
architectural style, and why it was listed in the National Register.
Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation & Illustrated
Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings
popular guidance on rehabilitating historic buildings is now available in
a user-friendly "e-version". The Guidelines help property owners,
developers, and federal managers apply the Secretary of the Interior's
Standards for Rehabilitation during the project planning stage. Together
with the Standards, the Guidelines provide a model process to follow. The
Standards for Rehabilitation (36 CFR 67) are used in the Federal
Preservation Tax Incentives Program, administered by the NPS.
This web class was specially designed to
help owners, architects, developers, maintenance personnel, and members of
historic preservation commissions identify those tangible elements or
features that give historic buildings their unique visual character. Come
in and learn how to read a historic building. Take the quiz!
This web guide site is designed to
assist historic property owners, managers, and maintenance personnel in
understanding various work approaches on historic buildings outlined in
The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic
Properties--Preservation, Rehabilitation, Restoration, and Reconstruction.
One approach should be selected and used throughout a project in order to
save important history and avoid historical anachronisms.
Working on the Past in Local
This new information site--designed
for historic property owners, new members of historic preservation
commissions, community officials, and design professionals-- outlines the
legal strengths of local historic districts, describes the local
preservation ordinance, discusses the benefits of local design guidelines,
and makes clear the essential differences between preservation,
rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction. Includes a Quiz at the
end. Each content section is also available in a print-only format.