Technical Preservation Services publishes state-of-the-art information about caring for historic buildings.
Technical Preservation Services offers a broad range of program and technical information free of charge.
In addition to the publications listed below, single copies of individual Preservation Briefs may be requested. You may request up to a total of FIVE publications free of charge by sending an e-mail to NPS_TPS@nps.gov with your mailing address and a list of the requested materials.
Links below are to PDF versions of these publications. Use "Save as..." to download.
Historic Preservation Tax Incentives
Historic Preservation Tax Incentives. Michael Auer. 2012.
Introduction to Federal Tax Credits for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings—Barns. Elizabeth A. Creveling. 2007.
Introduction to Federal Tax Credits for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings—Rowhouses. Jennifer C. Parker. 2007.
Introduction to Federal Tax Credits for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings—Wood Frame Buildings. Jennifer C. Parker. 2007.
The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation (36 CFR 67). Brochure, specify English or Spanish.
Case Studies in Affordable Housing Through Historic Preservation
1 Pacific Hotel, Seattle, Washington. Aleca Sullivan. 1999.
2 Carnegie Place Apartments, Sioux City, Iowa. Aleca Sullivan. 1999.
3 Shelly School Apartments, West York, Pennsylvania. Bonnie Wilkinson Mark. 2005.
4 Northern Hotel, Fort Collins, Colorado. Charles Fisher. 2006.
5 Van Allen Apartments, Clinton, Iowa. Claire Kelly. 2006.
A Glossary of Historic Masonry Deterioration Problems and Preservation Treatments. Anne E. Grimmer. 1984, reprinted.
Historic Preservation Internships. Guy Lapsley and Shannon Dodge. 2004.
Preserving the Past and Making It Accessible for People with Disabilities. Thomas C. Jester. 1992.
Save That Farm, Federal Tax Incentives for Historic Buildings. Leaflet in poster format. 2007.
1 Cleaning and Water-Repellent Treatments for Historic Masonry Buildings. Robert C. Mack, FAIA, and Anne E. Grimmer. 2000.
2 Repointing Mortar Joints in Historic Masonry Buildings. Robert C. Mack, FAIA, and John P. Speweik. 1998.
3 Improving Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings. Jo Ellen Hensley and Antonia Aguilar. 2011.
4 Roofing for Historic Buildings. Sara M. Sweetser. 1978.
6 Dangers of Abrasive Cleaning to Historic Buildings. Anne E. Grimmer. 1979.
7 The Preservation of Historic Glazed Architectural Terra-Cotta. de Teel Patterson Tiller. 1979.
9 The Repair of Historic Wooden Windows . John H. Myers. 1981. Online only.
10 Exterior Paint Problems on Historic Woodwork. Kay D. Weeks and David W. Look, AIA. 1982.
11 Rehabilitating Historic Storefronts. H. Ward Jandl. 1982.
13 The Repair and Thermal Upgrading of Historic Steel Windows. Sharon C. Park, AIA. 1984.
14 New Exterior Additions to Historic Buildings: Preservation Concerns. Anne E. Grimmer and Kay D. Weeks. 2010.
15 Preservation of Historic Concrete. Paul Gaudette and Deborah Slaton. 2007.
16 The Use of Substitute Materials on Historic Building Exteriors. Sharon C. Park, AIA. 1988.
17 Architectural Character—Identifying the Visual Aspects of Historic Buildings as an Aid to Preserving their Character. Lee H. Nelson, FAIA. 1988.
18 Rehabilitating Interiors in Historic Buildings — Identifying Character-Defining Elements. H. Ward Jandl. 1988.
19 The Repair and Replacement of Historic Wooden Shingle Roofs. Sharon C. Park, AIA. 1989.
20 The Preservation of Historic Barns. Michael J. Auer. 1989.
21 Repairing Historic Flat Plaster—Walls and Ceilings. Marylee MacDonald. 1989.
22 The Preservation and Repair of Historic Stucco . Anne E. Grimmer. 1990.
23 Preserving Historic Ornamental Plaster. David Flaharty. 1990.
24 Heating, Ventilating, and Cooling Historic Buildings: Problems and Recommended Approaches. Sharon C. Park, AIA. 1991.
25 The Preservation of Historic Signs. Michael J. Auer. 1991.
26 The Preservation and Repair of Historic Log Buildings. Bruce. L. Bomberger. 1991.
27 The Maintenance and Repair of Architectural Cast Iron. John G. Waite; historical overview by Margot Gayle. 1991.
28 Painting Historic Interiors. Sara B. Chase. 1992.
29 The Repair, Replacement, and Maintenance of Historic Slate Roofs. Jeffrey S. Levine. 1992.
30 The Preservation and Repair of Historic Clay Tile Roofs. Anne E. Grimmer and Paul K. Williams. 1992.
31 Mothballing Historic Buildings. Sharon C. Park, AIA. 1993.
32 Making Historic Properties Accessible. Thomas C. Jester and Sharon C. Park, AIA. 1993.
33 The Preservation and Repair of Historic Stained and Leaded Glass. Neal A. Vogel and Rolf Achilles. 1993, updated 2007.
34 Applied Decoration for Historic Interiors: Preserving Historic Composition Ornament. Jonathan Thornton and William Adair, FAAR. 1994.
35 Understanding Old Buildings: The Process of Architectural Investigation. Travis C. McDonald, Jr. 1994.
36 Protecting Cultural Landscapes: Planning, Treatment and Management of Historic Landscapess. Charles A. Birnbaum, ASLA. 1994.
37 Appropriate Methods of Reducing Lead-Paint Hazards in Historic Housing. Sharon C. Park, AIA, and Douglas C. Hicks. 1995, updated 2006.
38 Removing Graffiti from Historic Masonry. Martin E. Weaver. 1995.
39 Holding the Line: Controlling Unwanted Moisture in Historic Buildings. Sharon C. Park, AIA. 1996.
40 Preserving Historic Ceramic Tile Floors. Anne E. Grimmer and Kimberly A. Konrad. 1996.
41 The Seismic Retrofit of Historic Buildings: Keeping Preservation in the Forefrontt. David Look, AIA, Terry Wong, and Sylvia Rose Augustus. 1997.
42 The Maintenance, Repair and Replacement of Historic Cast Stone. Richard Pieper. 2001.
43 The Preparation and Use of Historic Structure Reports. Deborah Slaton. 2004.
44 The Use of Awnings on Historic Buildings: Repair, Replacement and New Design. Chad Randl. 2004.
45 Preserving Historic Wooden Porches . 2006.
46 The Preservation and Reuse of Historic Gas Stations. Chad Randl. 2008.
47 Maintaining the Exterior of Small and Medium Size Historic Buildings. Sharon Park, FAIA. 2007.
Preservation Tech Notes
Historic Garage and Carriage Doors: Rehabilitation Solutions. Bonnie Halda, AIA. 1989.
1 Proper Painting and Surface Preparation. Sharon Park, AIA. 1986.
2 Paint Removal from Wood Siding. Alan O'Bright. 1986.
3 Log Crown Repair and Selective Replacement Using Epoxy and Fiberglass Reinforcing Bars. Harrison Goodall. 1989.
4 Protecting Woodwork Against Decay Using Borate Preservatives. Ron Sheetz and Charles Fisher. 1993.
1 Process-Painting Decals as a Substitute for Hand-Stencilled Ceiling Medallions. Sharon Park, FAIA. 1990.
1 Repair and Reproduction of Prismatic Glass Transoms. Chad Randl. 2002.
2 Repair and Rehabilitation of Historic Sidewalk Vault Lights. Cas Stachelberg and Chad Randl. 2003.
Historic Interior Spaces
1 Preserving Historic Corridors in Open Office Plans. Christina Henry. 1985.
2 Preserving Historic Office Building Corridors. Thomas Keohan. 1989.
3 Preserving Historic Corridor Doors and Glazing in High-Rise Buildings. Chad Randl. 2001.
1 Substitute Materials: Replacing Deteriorated Serpentine Stone with Pre-Cast Concrete. Robert M. Powers. 1988.
2 Stabilization and Repair of a Historic Terra Cotta Cornice. Jeffrey Levine and Donna Harris. 1991.
3 Water Soak Cleaning of Limestone. Robert M. Powers. 1992.
4 Non-destructive Evaluation Techniques for Masonry Construction. Marilyn E. Kaplan, Marie Ennis and Edmund P. Meade. 1997.
1 Replicating Historic Elevator Enclosures. Marilyn Kaplan, AIA. 1989.
1 Conserving Outdoor Bronze Sculpture. Dennis Montagna. 1989.
2 Restoring Metal Roof Cornices. Richard Pieper. 1990.
3 In-kind Replacement of Historic Stamped-Metal Exterior Siding. Rebecca A. Shiffer. 1991.
4 Rehabilitating a Historic Iron Bridge. Joseph P. Saldibar, III. 1997.
5 Rehabilitating a Historic Truss Bridge Using a Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Deck. Chad Randl. 2003.
6 Repair and Reproduction of Metal Canopies and Marquees with Glass Pendants. Lauren Van Damme and Charles E. Fisher. 2006.
1 Museum Collection Storage in a Historic Building Using a Prefabricated Structure. Don Cumberland, Jr. 1985.
2 Reducing Visible and Ultraviolet Light Damage to Interior Wood Finishes. Ron Sheetz and Charles Fisher. 1990.
1 Restoring Vine Coverage to Historic Buildings. Karen Day. 1991.
1 Temporary Protection of Historic Stairways. Charles Fisher. 1985.
2 Specifying Temporary Protection of Historic Interiors During Construction and Repair. Dale H. Frens. 1993.
3 Protecting A Historic Structure during Adjacent Construction. Chad Randl. 2001.
Please note that 1–9 are available only in The Window Handbook: Successful Strategies for Rehabilitating Windows in Historic Buildings, which can be purchased through our partner, the Historic Preservation Education Foundation.
1 Planning Approaches to Window Preservation. Charles Fisher. 1984.
2 Installing Insulating Glass in Existing Steel Windows. Charles Fisher. 1984.
3 Exterior Storm Windows: Casement Design Wooden Storm Sash. Wayne Trissler and Charles Fisher. 1984.
4 Replacement Wooden Frames and Sash. William Feist. 1984.
5 Interior Metal Storm Windows. Laura Muckenfuss and Charles Fisher. 1984.
6 Replacement Wooden Sash and Frames With Insulating Glass and Integral Muntins. Charles Parrott. 1984.
7 Window Awnings. Laura Muckenfuss and Charles Fisher. 1984.
8 Thermal Retrofit of Historic Wooden Sash Using Interior Piggyback Storm Panels. Sharon Park, AIA. 1984.
9 Interior Storm Windows: Magnetic Seal. Charles Fisher. 1984.
10 Temporary Window Vents in Unoccupied Historic Buildings. Charles Fisher and Thomas Vitanza. 1985.
11 Installing Insulating Glass in Existing Wooden Sash Incorporating the Historic Glass. Charles Fisher. 1985. Please note that the technology described in this publication is no longer the industry standard. The publication is provided for informational purposes only.
12 Aluminum Replacements for Steel Industrial Sash. Charles E. Fisher. 1986.
13 Aluminum Replacement Windows with Sealed Insulating Glass and Trapezoidal Muntin Grids. Charles Parrott. 1985.
14 Reinforcing Deteriorated Wooden Windows. Paul Stumes, P.Eng 1986.
15 Interior Storms for Steel Casement Windows. Charles E. Fisher and Christina Henry. 1986.
16 Repairing and Upgrading Multi-Light Wooden Mill Windows. Christopher W. Closs. 1986.
17 Repair and Retrofitting Industrial Steel Windows. Robert M. Powers. 1989.
19 Repairing Steel Casement Windows. Chad Randl. 2002.
21 Replacement Wood Sash Utilizing True Divided Lights and an Interior Piggyback Energy Panel. Charles E. Fisher. 2008.
22 Maintenance and Repair of Historic Aluminum Windows. Kaaren R. Staveteig. 2008.
For Kids and Teachers
American Defenders of Land, Sea & Sky. Kay D. Weeks, with drawings by Roxie Munro. 1996.
Teacher's Guide for American Defenders of Land, Sea & Sky. Kay D. Weeks, with drawings by Roxie Munro. 1996.
The Great American Landmarks Adventure. Kay D. Weeks, with drawings by Roxie Munro. 1992.