Preservation Briefs

State Historic Preservation Office
Oklahoma Historical Society
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73105

Preservation Briefs offer technical information on a variety of preservation issues, many of which will relate directly to a particular rehabilitation project.  This series of documents supplements the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings.

The first Preservation Brief was published in 1975.  Since then, over 40 more have been added to the series.  For over 25 years, Technical Preservation Services (TPS) at the National Park Service has helped business property owners, homeowners, preservation professionals, organizations, and government agencies by publishing easy-to read guidance on preserving, rehabilitating and restoring historic buildings.  Preservation Briefs are available online as text-only at:

A how-to-order link at the end of each Brief leads to the TPS Publications Catalog.  The online Catalog provides the complete Preservation Briefs listing, stock numbers, prices, and a mail-in order form.  Fully illustrated Briefs, including useful charts, may be purchased in hard copy from the Government Printing Office.  Single copies of the illustrated Briefs can be ordered free of charge by calling the State Historic Preservation Office at (405) 521-6249.

Preservation Brief Titles

    01: The Cleaning and Waterproof Coating of Masonry Buildings

    02: Repointing Mortar Joints in Historic Masonry Buildings

    03: Conserving Energy in Historic Buildings

    04: Roofing for Historic Buildings

    05: The Preservation of Historic Adobe Buildings

    06: Dangers of Abrasive Cleaning to Historic Buildings

    07: The Preservation of Historic Glazed Architectural Terra-Cotta

    08: Aluminum and Vinyl Siding on Historic Buildings: The Appropriateness of Substitute Materials for Resurfacing Historic Wood Frame Buildings

    09: The Repair of Historic Wooden Windows

    10: Exterior Pain 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: Problems and General Approaches

    16: The Use of Substitute Materials on Historic Building 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 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, and 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 Historic 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 of 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 Structures 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


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