Projects

Historic Resource Study, Mt. Rushmore National Memorial

Keystone, SD

The Mount Rushmore Historic Resource Study is a major project that requires expert research skills along with a broad national perspective to complete the study in a thorough and comprehensive manner, and to capture the national significance of the property in multiple areas.  Important themes addressed include the American Indian (specifically Lakota) historical association with the Black Hills; American Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny; Black Hills mining, cattle ranching and homesteading; Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor’s story; the rationale, design and location of the memorial; administration of the site and National Park Service involvement; and tourism and opposition to the colossal sculpture.  “The Historic Resource Study (HRS) is the primary document used to identify and manage the historic resources in a park.  It is the basis for understanding their significance and interrelationships, a point of departure for development of interpretive plans, and the framework within which additional research should be initiated.” (NPS-28, Cultural Resource Management Guideline)

National Historic Landmark Documentation, Mountain Meadows Massacre Site

Central, Utah (vic.)

Prepared National Historic Landmark Documentation for the Mountain Meadows Massacre Site in southwestern Utah. Scope of Work included cultural landscape description and photography, evaluating all properties within the district for contributing/ non-contributing status, developing multiple historic contexts to NHL level, including research and review of plentiful existing documentation, and making the case for NHL status.

National Historic Landmark Documentation, Jackson Lake Lodge

Grand Teton National Park, Moran WY

Prepared National Historic Landmark documentation for the 1955 lodge building, grounds and support structures. Gilbert Stanley Underwood, former Supervising Architect of the United States, designed the lodge and its component buildings for John D. Rockefeller’s Grand Teton Lodge and Transportation Company. We developed historic context, evaluation of the architectural significance, and proved exceptional significance, since the building was not 50 years old at the time of the project. Our work was featured on the PBS series, Great Lodges of the National Parks, and Paula Reed appeared on the show.

Cultural Resources Study and National Register Nomination Update, Monocacy National Battlefield

Frederick, MD

Paula S. Reed and Associates, Inc. prepared a comprehensive history and inventory of the cultural landscape and component architectural features encompassed by the Monocacy National Battlefield properties, from European contact through the 1930s, published in 2004. We also revised out-dated National Register documentation, added information on newly acquired properties, prepared historic context narrative, updated property descriptions and developed new areas of significance covering architecture, cultural history, early settlement, agricultural history, commemoration in addition to military history.

Historic Structure Reports

We have completed numerous historic structure report components for National Park Service properties. Our services provide, developmental history, property history, historic background and context; and evaluation of the historic components of the of the building’s fabric. We work with assembly of a chronology of development and use for the subject building and provide architectural description and identification of character defining features. Among these HSRs are the Newcomer Barn and the Joseph Park Barn both at Antietam National Battlefield. We provided extensive research and narrative on the history, function and use of these early 19th century barns in the mid-Atlantic grain belt.

Agricultural Historic Context Report and Recordation Project

Carroll, Frederick & Washington Counties, MD

Paula S. Reed and Associates, Inc. created an extensive agricultural historic context report and survey of historic agricultural properties in Washington, Frederick, and Carroll Counties in west-central Maryland, for the Catoctin Center for Regional Studies and the Maryland Historical Trust. Publication is pending.

Great Falls Park

McLean, VA

Prepared National Register nomination and Cultural Resource Study for Great Falls Park. The Scope of Work included architectural and cultural landscape description, evaluating all properties within the district for contributing/non-contributing status, developing multiple historic contexts, photography and providing an annotated inventory data base for all properties within the park boundaries. We also prepared a narrative cultural resource study.

Determinations of Eligibility, MD DNR Properties

Completed evaluations and Determinations of Eligibility for eight properties belonging to Maryland Department of Natural Resources. We researched and evaluated architectural and historical significance and prepared documentation for the Maryland SHPO’s database. The buildings were fully described, photographed and evaluated for National Register eligibility.

Fredericksburg Spotsylvania National Military Park

Fredericksburg, VA

Completed architectural and historical documentation for Army Reserve Camps in three states in the Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Scope of Work involved site visit, architectural evaluation and historical documentation and written report with determination of eligibility for the National Register. Most of the properties dated from the Cold War era with military building complexes dating from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. We evaluated the ARCs both as districts and as individual building components. In addition to evaluating the specific buildings, we researched and prepared historical context narratives for the ARCs to form a basis for understanding their potential historic and architectural significance.

Pacific Northwest Army Reserve Camp DOE Documentation

Washington, Idaho and Oregon

Completed architectural and historical documentation for Army Reserve Camps in three states in the Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Scope of Work involved site visit, architectural evaluation and historical documentation and written report with determination of eligibility for the National Register. Most of the properties dated from the Cold War era with military building complexes dating from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. We evaluated the ARCs both as districts and as individual building components. In addition to evaluating the specific buildings, we researched and prepared historical context narratives for the ARCs to form a basis for understanding their potential historic and architectural significance.