<photo>Detail of reconstructed house; Link to National Park Service
STANDARDS FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND GUIDELINES FOR RECONSTRUCTING HISTORIC BUILDINGS
<photo>detail of reconstructed site features

Recommend
Basing decisions for reconstructing building site features on the availability of documentary and physical evidence.

photo of grounds at Middleton Place, near Charleston, SC, that were originally built in the 18th century and largely reconstructed in the early 20th century

The spacious grounds at Middleton Place, near Charleston, South Carolina, constitute the first landscaped garden in America. The molded terraces, originally constructed in the 18th century, were largely reconstructed in the early 20th century based on extant remains and other documentary evidence. Photo: Middleton Place.

Inventorying the building site to determine the existence of aboveground remains and subsurface archeological materials, then using this evidence as corroborating documentation for the reconstruction of related site features. These may include walks, paths, roads, and parking; trees, shrubs, fields or herbaceous plant material; terracing, berms, or grading; lights, fences, or benches; sculpture, statuary, or monuments; fountains, streams, pools, or lakes.

Re-establishing the historic relationship between the building or buildings and historic site features, whenever possible.

Not Recommended
Reconstructing building site features without first conducting a detailed investigation to physically substantiate the documentary evidence.

Giving the building's site a false appearance by basing the reconstruction or conjectural designs or the availability of features from other nearby sites.

Changing the historic spatial relationship between the building and historic site features, or reconstructing some site features, but not others, thus creating a false appearance.

 

-GUIDELINES-

The Approach

Research + Documentation

Building Exterior

Building Interior

Site

Setting

Special Requirements
Energy Efficiency
Accessibility
Health + Safety

The Standards

 

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