Basing decisions for reconstructing features of the
building's setting on the availability of documentary
and physical evidence.
Two views of the Officers' Quarters at Fort
Snelling (ca. 1885-1890) not only provide information
on the materials and form of the historic block,
they document the wooden walkway and other landscape
features, such as stairs, railings, and tree placement.
Historical and pictorial evidence would need to
be combined with specific physical evidence in
order to make the case for Reconstruction as a
treatment. Photos: NPS files.
Inventorying the setting to determine the existence
of aboveground remains and subsurface archeological
materials, using this evidence as corroborating documentation
for the reconstruction of missing features of the setting.
Such features could include roads and streets; furnishings
such as lights or benches; vegetation, gardens and yards;
adjacent open space such as fields, parks, commons or
woodlands; and important views or visual relationships.
Re-establishing the historic spatial relationship
between buildings and landscape features of the setting.
Reconstructing features of the setting without first
conducting a detailed investigation to physically substantiate
the documentary evidence.
Giving the building's setting a false appearance by
basing the reconstruction on conjectural designs or
the availability of features from other nearby districts
Confusing the historic spatial relationship between
buildings and landscape features within the setting
by reconstructing some missing elements, but not others.