<photo>Detail of reconstructed house; Link to National Park Service
<photo>detail of reconstructed site features

Building Interior

Re-creating the appearance of visible features of the historical structural system, such as post and beam systems, trusses, summer beams, vigas, cast iron columns, above-grade stone foundations, or loadbearing brick or stone walls. Substitute materials may be used for unexposed structural features if they were not important to the historic significance of the building.

The interior of the Hall of the Governor's Palace in Williamsburg, Virginia, was re-created in its entirety, including decorative features and finishes. Photo: Courtesy, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Re-creating a historic floor plan or interior spaces, including the size, configuration, proportion, and relationship of rooms and corridors; the relationship of features to spaces; and the spaces themselves.

Duplicating the documented historic appearance of the building's interior features and finishes, including columns, cornices, baseboards, fireplaces and mantels, panelling, light fixtures, hardware, and flooring; and wallpaper, plaster, paint and finishes such as stencilling, marbling and graining; and other decorative materials that accented interior features and provided color, texture, and patterning to walls, floors and ceilings.

Installing modern mechanical systems in the least obtrusive way possible, while meeting user need.

Installing the vertical runs of ducts, pipes, andcables in closets, service rooms, and wall cavities.

Installing exterior electrical and telephone cables underground, or in the least obtrusive way possible.

Not Recommended
Changing the documented appearance of visible features of the structural system.

Altering the documented historic floor plan or relocating an important interior feature such as a staircase so that the historic relationship between the feature and space is inaccurately depicted.

Altering the documented appearance of interior features and finishes so that, as a result, an inaccurate depiction of the historic building is created. For example, moving a feature from one area of a room to another; or changing the type or color of the finish.

Altering the historic plan or the re-created appearance unnecessarily when installing modern mechanical systems.

Installing vertical runs in ducts, pipes, and cables in places where they will intrude upon the historic depiction of the building.

Attaching exterior electrical and telephone cables to the principal elevations of the reconstructed building, unless their existence and visibility can be documented.



The Approach

Research + Documentation

Building Exterior

Building Interior



Special Requirements
Energy Efficiency
Health + Safety

The Standards



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