Thoroughly understanding the processes necessary to undertake any type of historic conservation project is crucial in identifying, maintaining and protecting a building, statue or landmark’s heritage value. Proper planning. proven methods and expert execution ensure successful outcomes.
Three Conservation Approaches
Protecting, maintaining and stabilizing the existing materials, form and integrity of a historic place or of an individual component, while protecting its heritage value.Preservation can include both short-term and interim measures to protect or stabilize, as well as long-term actions to retard deterioration or prevent damage through routine maintenance and repair, rather than extensive replacement or new construction.
Making possible a continuing or compatible contemporary use of a historic place or an individual component through repair, alterations or additions while protecting its heritage value.
Accurately revealing, recovering or representing the state of a historic place or of an individual component, as it appeared at a particular period in its history, while protecting its heritage value.Two terms commonly used in historic conservation are important to keep in mind: the “historic character” and the “integrity” of a property. “Historic character” is, in essence, the things that make a building special – its “visually distinctive features, materials and spaces,” for example, or the architectural styling of a structure or its unique methods of construction or craftsmanship. “Integrity” refers to whether or not a building retains these important character-defining features and has not been inappropriately changed over time.
Stuart Dean’s work is sensitive to both.