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Preservation Library: articles, regulations & policy

United States Capitol architectureWelcome to the Preservation Library - a repository of historic preservation, building restoration articles that provide expert guidance for the rehabilitation and preservation of historic structures, as well as links to essential policy and legal documents that pertain to historic preservation and cultural resource management.

We are also pleased to offer regular installments of the "Arciform Article Series".  These articles focus on a myriad of topics from factors including consider when searching for a historic home to buy, to building restoration measures.  The articles are presented in partnership with the Portland, Oregon-based design-build company Arciform LLC - look for new articles each month!

Below you will find:

Your feedback is greatly encouraged - if there are documents/articles you would like see here, please contact us.  Check back often, as new content will be added regularly.  If you would like to be updated when new articles are added, please click here to sign up for our "General Email Newsletter".


Below is an overview of select laws, executive orders and regulations for historic preservation and cultural resource management.  For the complete list (which includes laws/orders/regulations for the National Park Service, maritime preservation, Native Americans & NAGPRA, tax incentives for historic preservation, and transportation), please visit www.nps.gov/history/laws.htm.

Please note, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open some documents, which you can download for free at http://get.adobe.com/reader.


 Historic Preservation:

Museums & Archives:

National Park Service:

(Technical Preservation Services (TPS), Heritage Preservation Services Division of the National Park Service)

The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties are common sense principles in non-technical language. They were developed to help protect our nation's irreplaceable cultural resources by promoting consistent preservation practices. The Standards may be applied to all properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places: buildings, sites, structures, objects, and districts.

Secretary of the Interior's Standards' Homepage: www.nps.gov/history/hps/tps/standards_guidelines.htm

PRESERVATION BRIEFS: (Technical Preservation Services (TPS), Heritage Preservation Services Division of the National Park Service)

Preservation Briefs provide guidance on preserving, rehabilitating and restoring historic buildings. Please note that the web versions of the Preservation Briefs differ somewhat from the printed versions.  Hard copies of the Briefs may be purchased from the Government Printing Office at http://bookstore.gpo.gov.

Preservation Briefs Homepage: www.nps.gov/history/hps/tps/briefs/presbhom.htm

Complete List of Technical Preservation Services' Publications and Online Materials: www.nps.gov/history/hps/tps/tax/download/tax_tech_index_2008.pdf

1. Assessing Cleaning and Water-Repellent Treatments for Historic Masonry Buildings   2. Repointing Mortar Joints in Historic Masonry Buildings   3. Conserving Energy in Historic Buildings 
4. Roofing for Historic Buildings 5. Preservation of Historic Adobe Buildings 6. Dangers of Abrasive Cleaning to Historic Buildings
7. The Preservation of Historic Glazed Architectural Terra-Cotta 8. Aluminum and Vinyl Siding on Historic Buildings: The Appropriateness of Substitute Materials for Resurfacing Historic Wood Frame Buildings 9. The Repair of Historic Wooden Windows
10. Exterior Paint Problems on Historic Woodwork 11. Rehabilitating Historic Storefronts 12. The Preservation of Historic Pigmented Structural Glass
13. The Repair and Thermal Upgrading of Historic Steel Windows 14. New Exterior Additions to Historic Buildings: Preservation Concerns 15. Preservation of Historic Concrete
16. The Use of Substitute Materials on Historic Building Exteriors 17. Architectural Character - Identifying the Visual Aspects of Historic Buildings as an Aid to Preserving Their Character 18. Rehabilitating Interiors in Historic Buildings - Identifying Character-Defining Elements
19. The Repair and Replacement of Historic Wooden Shingle Roofs 20. The Preservation of Historic Barns 21. Repairing Historic Flat Plaster - Walls and Ceilings
22. The Preservation and Repair of Historic Stucco 23. Preserving Historic Ornamental Plaster 24. Heating, Ventilating, and Cooling Historic Buildings: Problems and Recommended Approaches
25. The Preservation of Historic Signs 26. The Preservation and Repair of Historic Log Buildings 27. The Maintenance and Repair of Architectural Cast Iron
28. Painting Historic Interiors 29. The Repair, Replacement, and Maintenance of Historic Slate Roofs 30. The Preservation and Repair of Historic Clay Tile Roofs
31. Mothballing Historic Buildings 32. Making Historic Properties Accessible 33. The Preservation and Repair of Historic Stained and Leaded Glass
34. Applied Decoration for Historic Interiors: Preserving Historic Composition Ornament 35. Understanding Old Buildings: The Process of Architectural Investigation 36. Protecting Cultural Landscapes: Planning, Treatment and Management of Historic Landscapes
37. Appropriate Methods of Reducing Lead-Paint Hazards in Historic Housing 38. Removing Graffiti from Historic Masonry 39. Holding the Line: Controlling Unwanted Moisture in Historic Buildings
40. Preserving Historic Ceramic Tile Floors 41. The Seismic Retrofit of Historic Buildings: Keeping Preservation in the Forefront 42. The Maintenance, Repair and Replacement of Historic Cast Stone
43. The Preparation and Use of Historic Structure Reports 44. The Use of Awnings on Historic Buildings: Repair, Replacement and New Design 45. Preserving Historic Wooden Porches
46. The Preservation and Reuse of Historic Gas Stations 47. Maintaining the Exterior of Small and Medium Size Historic Buildings

PRESERVATION TECH NOTES: CASE STUDIES IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION: (Technical Preservation Services (TPS), Heritage Preservation Services Division of the National Park Service)

The Preservation Tech Notes provide practical information on traditional practices and innovative techniques for successfully maintaining and preserving cultural resources. Please note that the web versions of the Preservation Tech Notes differ somewhat from the printed versions.

Preservation Tech Notes Homepage: www.nps.gov/history/hps/tps/technotes/tnhome.htm

-  Log Crown Repair and Selective Replacement Using Epoxy and Fiberglass Reinforcing Rebars
Protecting Woodwork Against Decay Using Borate Preservatives
Paint Removal from Wood Siding

Repair and Reproduction of Prismatic Glass Transoms 
Repair and Reproduction of Historic Sidewalk Vault Lights
Preserving Historic Corridor Doors and Glazing in High-Rise Buildings 
Substitute Materials: Replacing Deteriorated Serpentine Stone with Pre-Cast Concrete
Non-destructive Evaluation Techniques for Masonry Construction
Replicating Historic Elevator Enclosures
Restoring Metal Cornices
Rehabilitating a Historic Iron Bridge
In-Kind Replacement of Historic Stamped Metal Exterior Siding
Reducing Visible and Ultraviolet Light Damage to Interior Wood Finishes
Temporary Protection of Historic Stairways During Rehabilitation Work
Specifying Temporary Protection of Historic Interiors During Construction and Repair
Protecting a Historic Structure during Adjacent Construction
Temporary Window Vents in Unoccupied Historic Buildings
Aluminum Replacement Windows for Steel Projecting Units with True Divided Lights and Matching Profiles


Below you will find links to articles and policy reports of particular importance to the historic preservation and cultural resource management community.  Additional articles and policy reports will be added over time, so please check back often.  If you have suggestions for content you would like added, please click here to contact us



We are pleased to offer our free comprehensive resource guide for historic and cultural resource preservation.  Developed for a lecture at the Portland, Oregon based Architectural Heritage Center by the staff of PreservationDirectory.com, the resource guide presents primary online resources in the field of historic and cultural resource preservation.  Topics include researching your historic home; funding sources and tax credit programs available; utilizing your State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO); finding an undergrad/graduate program in historic preservation; historic real estate resources online; preservation event/conference directories; and much more.

The current resource guide, while highlighting specific Portland/Oregon resources, is National in scope and will be applicable to anyone seeking resources in the United States.  Please note, it is our intent to eventually offer a separate resource guide for each state. 

Please contact us to request your free PDF copy of "Preservation Resources on the Web", developed by PreservationDirectory.com.   


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