Historic Structure Report Overview
As appropriate, utilize the following at all stages of Historic Structure Report preparation processes:
National Register Bulletins Relevant to Historic Structures
Partner Publications Relevant to Historic Structures
2.0 Historic Structure Report Background
The HSR is the primary guide to treatment and use of a historic structure and may also be used in managing a prehistoric structure. A separate HSR should be prepared for every major structure managed as a cultural resource. Groups of similar structures or ensembles of small, simple structures may be addressed in a single report. In no case should restoration, reconstruction, or extensive rehabilitation of any structure be undertaken without an approved HSR, Parts 1 and 2.
The disciplines involved in preparation of a HSR reflect the key areas or issues to be addressed for the particular structure. The project manager, in consultation with the cultural resource compliance staff, is responsible for assigning specific technical investigation professions according to structure type and research intention, and of coordinating and integrating the information generated by the various disciplines.
The HSR in Project Development
As an assist to planning, the HSR can influence new projects (construction funding requests) and provide better clarity and understanding (PMIS statements that define construction goals). It cannot replace expected park development processes. Above all, imposition of funding limits and deliverable criteria almost always prevents expanded performance, like decision modeling, value analysis or as a mechanism for conceptual ideas for rehabilitated use. Depend upon the HSR as a background document and a reasoned and researched approach for management of the resource.
In conjunction with design services, the HSR can identify resource sensitivities, provide impact analysis and propose mitigation methods. When necessary, it should pinpoint specialized needs for further investigation and research. As a reconnaissance tool, it focuses design effort toward concise and feasible work alternatives that comply with accepted preservation practice. Although a HSR supports the design process it has limitations and is ineffective at supplying in-depth, technical analysis required for large scale and complex projects. Professional services contracting is best utilized for projects requiring specialized investigations/studies, subject matter experts, non-standard consultation, product and systems research, elaborate alternatives, or a stratified selection process for sorting out wide variances and options.
Expectation for a HSR must be realistic and practical for a successful outcome. It is a custom tool with a special purpose. A manageable project objective is the appropriate measure before commencing a HSR. It is not interchangeable with traditional park planning and design/construction methods. Projects with broad rehabilitation potential, projects with uncertain support, or rare projects needing special analysis/studies are not good HSR candidates.