Consulting the past

    

      Architectural History involves the identification and documentation of historic structures. During an architectural
survey, buildings are briefly evaluated on their stylistic attributes and
mapped.  For Phase II evaluation architectural
resources must be examined for architectural detail.  Age and style are important
considerations.  Alterations to the
original building is important in order to asses
s the integrity of the
resource.  This work is 
documented
through a series of photographs, maps, and drawings. 

      Cultural resources are evaluated in
reference to criteria established by the National Register of Historic
Places.  These criteria include
architectural merit, association with historic events, association with persons
important in history, and scientific value (that is having ability to provide
important scientific information about the past).  This phase of research determines whether or
not a previously identified resource meets any of these criteria of the
National Register of Historic Places and a resource is considered significant
if it meets one of these criteria.  Sites
under local jurisdiction may be assessed under different criteria.

      Mitigation involves detailed documentation to standards established by the National Park Service and refered to as HABS/HAER (Historic American Building Survey/Historic American Engineering Record).  The product here is destined for the Library of Congress and has exacting standards of drawing and photography.  

Radar Site 11 lavatory as left by the military in 1946

Radar Site 11 Enlisted Men’s Lavatory as left by the military in 1946 (HAER DE-57)