Preserving historic buildings consists of a lot more than restoration. There are many forms of preservation and each building or site must be evaluated to determine which form of treatment is the best for a project.
The Sectary of Interior’s Standards for the treatment of historic properties include: preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction. HFR has the capabilities to help clients determine which treatment to use and apply it to a project. We can also guide you through the process of getting building or site listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We can work with State and Federal officials to help obtain historic tax credits for a project. HFR also consults with highly skilled specialists who can perform metal conservation, mural restoration, paint analysis, and many other forms of historic preservation treatments.
But to us, historic preservation goes beyond these technical aspects. Preserving a historic building means making it useful to people, not just for today, but for years to come. We feel this is one of the best ways to preserve our historic buildings, by giving them a meaningful use and watching them come to life once again. We believe historic buildings create places. Reworking these buildings into the fabric of our everyday environment, plays an integral role in placemaking. They add draw to their communities, create character for their neighborhoods, and provide a distinct sense of place for the people who live or visit there. Historic buildings and sites are part of our heritage and should be passed down for future generations to learn from and enjoy.