<photo>Detail of reconstructed house; Link to National Park Service
STANDARDS FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND GUIDELINES FOR RECONSTRUCTING HISTORIC BUILDINGS
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Research    Investigate   Identify

Research and Document

Recommend
Researching and documenting the property's historical significance, focusing on the availability of documentary and physical evidence needed to justify reconstruction of the non-surviving building.

Jean Baptiste Wengler's watercolor rendering of Fort Snelling, MN, 1857 would not be adequate documentation for a Reconstruction

Jean Baptiste Wengler's watercolor rendering of Fort Snelling, Minnesota, in 1857 is aesthetically pleasing, but the overall view does not constitute adequate documentary evidence for a Reconstruction. Oral histories are also unreliable sources of documentation for treatment. Painting: NPS files.

 

Not Recommended
Undertaking a reconstruction based on insufficient research, so that, as a result, an historically inaccurate building is created.

Reconstructing a building unnecessarily when an existing building adequately reflects or explains the history of the property, the historical event, or has the same associative value.

Executing a design for the building that was never constructed historically.

Investigate

Recommend
Investigating archeological resources to identify and evaluate those features and artifacts which are essential to the design and plan of the building.

Minimizing disturbance of terrain to reduce the possibility of destroying archeological resources.

Not Recommended
Failing to identify and evaluate archeological information prior to reconstruction, or destroying extant historical information not relevant to the reconstruction but that should be preserved in place.

Introducing heavy machinery or equipment into areas where it may disturb archeological resources.

Identify, Retain and Preserve

Recommend
Identifying, retaining, and preserving extant historic features of the building and site, such as remnants of a foundation, chimney, or walkway.

paired photos illustrating the use of contemporary materials and techniques within the treatment, Reconstruction

Two photos illustrate the use of contemporary construction materials and techniques within the treatment, Reconstruction. Because Reconstruction is employed to portray a significant earlier time, usually for interpretive purposes, substitute materials may be appropriate if they are able to convey the historic appearance.

Not Recommended
Beginning reconstruction work without first conducting a detailed site investigation to physically substantiate the documentary evidence.

Basing a reconstruction on conjectural designs or the availability of different features from other historic buildings.

 

 

 

-GUIDELINES-

The Approach

Research + Documentation

Building Exterior

Building Interior

Site

Setting

Special Requirements
Energy Efficiency
Accessibility
Health + Safety

The Standards

 

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