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>>
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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