This is an image of a deteriorating clock surround on the Colorado County Courthouse, Texas, c. 1970s. Photo: NPS files.
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Working on the Past in Local Historic Districts
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<< The Chrisfield Model : / PRESERVATION / REHABILITATION / RESTORATION / RECONSTRUCTION

This is an image of the property, Chrisfield, after the treatment, PRESERVATION has been applied. The property has been protected, stabilized, and repaired for use as a county historical society library. Materials from all occupancies remain. The later additions are used as office space. A lift to accommodate individuals with disablities is located behind the garden wall. Drawing: Martha L. Werenfels, AIA, 1993.

Choosing Preservation as a Treatment

What happens to the house?
Chrisfield is protected, stabilized, and repaired—with its changes over time—as a county historical society library. The later additions are used as office space. A lift to accommodate individuals with disablities is located behind the garden wall.

<<HOW THE WORK FITS TIME AND PLACE>>

Preserving Chrisfield
Historic materials from 1790 to 1993 are retained and, as a result, all occupancies are represented.

Preservation places a high premium on the retention of all historic fabric through conservation, maintenance and repair. It reflects a property's continuum over time, and those changes that are made through successive occupancies.

<<Key Ideas in the Standards for Preservation >>

Use the property as it was used historically or find a new use that maximizes retention of distinctive features.

Preserve the historic character (with its changes over time).

Stabilize, consolidate, and conserve existing historic materials.

Replace minimum amount of fabric necessary and in kind (matching materials).

 

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