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[Preservation Tips & Tools] The Secretary of the Interior's Standards Explained

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Eager to learn about how you can get your hands dirty (literally) in preservation work? Then you’re in luck, because today’s toolkit elaborates on the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the …

Eager to learn about how you can get your hands dirty (literally) in preservation work? Then you’re in luck, because today’s toolkit elaborates on the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties -- the criteria about the physical approach to fixing up and maintaining historic places.

The Secretary of the Department of the Interior has a series of Standards to abide by regarding the maintenance, replacement, and repairing of historic materials, as well as the design of new additions and alterations to a property. Learn the basics in the toolkit above.

http://blog.preservationnation.org

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  • 1. THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR’S STANDARDS EXPLAINED
  • 2. What are the Standards? Implemented by the Secretary of the Department of the Interior, the Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties guide the maintenance, replacement, and repairing of historic materials, as well as the designs of new additions and alterations to a property. There are also Guidelines that recommend how the Standards should be applied to a historic property.
  • 3. There are four approaches to the treatment of historic properties. The four techniques -- preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction -- each have their own set of Standards and Guidelines. This toolkit explains the significance of each technique and how it can be applied to a historic property.
  • 4. Preservation as a treatment This approach focuses on the maintenance and repair of existing historic materials and retaining the form and character of a property as it has evolved over time.
  • 5. Rehabilitation as a treatment Rehabilitation recognizes the need to alter or add to a historic property in order to meet continuing or changing uses while simultaneously retaining the character of the historic property.
  • 6. Restoration as a treatment This method focuses on depicting a property at a certain period of time in history, and removes evidence from other periods that aren’t appropriate.
  • 7. Reconstruction as a treatment Reconstruction sets out to re-create lost or non-surviving aspects or portions of a property for interpretive purposes.
  • 8. Find out more about the Standards. For more information and a full list of the Standards and Guidelines for the Treatment of Historic Properties, click here.
  • 9. The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America’s historic places. Preservation Tips & Tools helps others do the same in their own communities. For more information, visit blog.preservationnation.org. Photos courtesy: Lyza, Flickr; Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos, Flickr; Kansas Sebastian, Flickr; Jimmy Emerson DVM, Flickr; Zach Frailey, Flickr; Missvain, Wikimedia.