What is Historic Preservation?

Historic Preservation is defined as the act or process of applying measures necessary to sustain the existing form, integrity, and materials of a historic property. Work, including preliminary measures to protect and stabilize the property, generally focuses upon the ongoing maintenance and repair of historic materials and features rather than extensive replacement and new construction.

What exactly do you do?

We provide a full range of cultural resource services, specializing in developmental histories and historic contexts, National Register and National Historic Landmark nominations, cultural resource studies and historic structures reports. We also provide Section 106 compliance services and federal and state historic preservation tax credit program consultation.

Are you 36CFR Part 61 qualified?

Yes, we are highly trained and experienced professional historians and architectural historians with over 50 years combined experience with historic properties nationwide.

Are your services free?

No. Our consultation, research, recordation and evaluation services are reasonably priced according to the standards of our industry.

Are you architects or engineers?

No. We are historians and architectural historians. For projects requiring services of architects, engineers or archaeologists, we maintain associations with several highly qualified firms with whom we consult or subcontract.

Is your practice limited to a particular geographic area?

No. We are based in Maryland, but we are active throughout the United States.

I just purchased an old house. Can you tell me when it was built?

Yes. We provide consultations beginning with a minimum one-hour site visit and walk-through and can extend to research and a written report priced at an hourly rate.

I want to list my house in the National Register of Historic Places. What is the process?

First, the property must meet National Register eligibility requirements. Generally it must be at least 50 years old and retain “integrity” (authenticity). The process involves completing the National Register nomination form which includes a physical description and statement of significance explaining how the property is eligible for listing under at least one of the four criteria. In addition, the form includes a historic context with the property’s history placed into the larger history of its locale. Photographs and maps complete the submission. The nomination goes to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for review and then on to the State Review Board for official nomination. The National Register makes the final listing. The process usually takes six months to a year.

What is Section 106 and should I be concerned about it?

Section 106 refers to that part of the National Historic preservation Act of 1966 which requires federal agencies to consider the impact of their work on historic properties. If a federal permit or funding affects your historic property, the Section 106 compliance process must take place. Many states have their own version of this law concerning state funded or permitted projects.