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 assess 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)