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Preservation Briefs

The following Preservation Briefs are made available by the National Park Service. The links will take you to the National Park Service's website (http://www.nps.gov/hps/tps/briefs/presbhom.htm) and will open in a new window so you can easily return to the SHPO website. If you would like a hard copy of any of these Preservation Briefs, please use the "Request a Publication" link to the left.

  1. Assessing Cleaning and Water-Repellent Treatments for Historic Masonry Buildings
  2. Repointing Mortar Joints in Historic Masonry Buildings
  3. Improving Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings
  4. Roofing for Historic Buildings
  5. Preservation of Historic Adobe Buildings
  6. Dangers of Abrasive Cleaning to Historic Buildings
  7. The Preservation of Historic Glazed Architectural Terra-Cotta
  8. Aluminum and Vinyl Sidings on Historic Buildings: The Appropriateness of Substitute Materials for Resurfacing Historic Wood Frame Buildings
  9. The Repair of Historic Wooden Windows
  10. Exterior Paint Problems on Historic Woodwork
  11. Rehabilitating Historic Storefronts
  12. The Preservation of Historic Pigmented Structural Glass (Vitrolite and Carrara Glass)
  13. The Repair and Thermal Upgrading of Historic Steel Windows
  14. New Exterior Additions to Historic Buildings: Preservation Concerns
  15. Preservation of Historic Concrete
  16. The Use of Substitute Materials on Historic Buildings Exteriors
  17. Architectural Character: Identifying the Visual Aspects of Historic Buildings as an Aid to Preserving Their Character
  18. Rehabilitating Interiors in Historic Buildings: Identifying and Preserving Character-Defining Elements
  19. The Repair and Replacement of Historic Wooden Shingle Roofs
  20. The Preservation of Historic Barns
  21. Repairing Historic Flat Plaster Walls and Ceilings
  22. The Preservation and Repair of Historic Stucco
  23. Preserving Historic Ornamental Plaster
  24. Heating, Ventilating, and Cooling Historic Buildings: Problems and Recommended Approaches
  25. The Preservation of Historic Signs
  26. The Preservation and Repair of Historic Log Buildings
  27. The Maintenance and Repair of Architectural Cast Iron
  28. Painting Historic Interiors
  29. The Repair, Replacement & Maintenance of Historic Slate Roofs
  30. The Preservation and Repair of Historic Clay Tile Roofs
  31. Mothballing Historic Buildings
  32. Making Historic Properties Accessible
  33. The Preservation and Repair of Historic Stained and Leaded Glass
  34. Applied Decoration for Historic Interiors: Preserving Composition Ornament
  35. Understanding Old Buildings: The Process of Architectural Investigation
  36. Protecting Cultural Landscapes: Planning, Treatment and Management of Historic Landscapes
  37. Appropriate Methods for Reducing Lead-Paint Hazards in Historic Housing
  38. Removing Graffiti from Historic Masonry
  39. Holding the Line: Controlling Unwanted Moisture in Historic Buildings
  40. Preserving Historic Ceramic Tile Floors
  41. The Seismic Retrofit of Historic Buildings: Keeping Preservation in the Forefront
  42. The Maintenance, Repair and Replacement of Historic Cast Stone
  43. The Preparation and Use of Historic Structure Reports
  44. The Use of Awnings on Historic Buildings: Repair, Replacement and New Design
  45. Preserving Historic Wood Porches
  46. The Preservation and Reuse of Historic Gas Stations
  47. Maintaining the Exterior of Small and Medium Size Historic Buildings

Local Preservation Briefs

The following local preservation briefs were released by the National Park Service. They are not available online; however, they are available below in PDF scanned from the original documents. The link will open in a new window.

Preservation Tech Notes

All Preservation Tech Notes can be found at http://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/tech-notes.htm. These links will open in PDF in a new window so you can easily return to the SHPO site.


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Last Updated 1/26/12