This is an image of a deteriorating clock surround on the Colorado County Courthouse, Texas, c. 1970s. Photo: NPS files.
Fitting Your Work to Time and Place
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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 REHABILITATION has been applied. The property is given a compatible new use as an office complex.  An elevator tower addition is constructed and a missing brick chimney is replaced. Drawing: Martha L. Werenfels, AIA, 1993.

Choosing Rehabilitation as a Treatment

What happens to the house?
Chrisfield is given a compatible new use as an office complex. An elevator tower addition is constructed and a missing brick chimney replaced. The historic character is preserved.

<<How the Work Fits Time and Place>>

Rehabilitating Chrisfield
Historic materials from 1790 to 1993 are retained and preserved; however, a missing chimney is replaced and a new addition is constructed. All occupancies are represented.

Rehabilitation reflects a property's continuum over time. While emphasizing the retention and repair of historic materials, more latitude is provided for the replacement of deteriorated and missing features. Alterations and additions for an updated use are acceptable so long as they are compatible with the historic character.

<<Key Ideas in the Standards for Rehabilitation >>

Use the property as it was used historically or find a new use
that requires minimal change to distinctive features.

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

Do not make changes that falsify the history of the property.

Repair deteriorated historic materials and features. Replace a severely deteriorated or missing feature using the same material or visually compatible material.

Do not destroy distinctive materials and features when constructing a new addition or making alterations. New work should be compatible with the old, but not try to imitate it. Work should also be reversible, that is, it could be removed in the future, if necessary.

 

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