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Preservation Briefs

The following Preservation Briefs are made available by the National Park Service. The HTML links will take you to the National Park Service's website (http://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs.htm ) and will open in a new window so you can easily return to the SHPO website. The PDFs are available on the SHPO website.

  1. Assessing Cleaning and Water-Repellent Treatments for Historic Masonry Buildings [HTML] [PDF]
  2. Repointing Mortar Joints in Historic Masonry Buildings [HTML] [PDF]
  3. Improving Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings [HTML] [PDF]
  4. Roofing for Historic Buildings [HTML] [PDF]
  5. Preservation of Historic Adobe Buildings [HTML] [PDF]
  6. Dangers of Abrasive Cleaning to Historic Buildings [HTML] [PDF]
  7. The Preservation of Historic Glazed Architectural Terra-Cotta [HTML] [PDF]
  8. Aluminum and Vinyl Sidings on Historic Buildings: The Appropriateness of Substitute Materials for Resurfacing Historic Wood Frame Buildings [HTML] [PDF]
  9. The Repair of Historic Wooden Windows [HTML] [PDF]
  10. Exterior Paint Problems on Historic Woodwork [HTML] [PDF]
  11. Rehabilitating Historic Storefronts [HTML] [PDF]
  12. The Preservation of Historic Pigmented Structural Glass (Vitrolite and Carrara Glass) [HTML] [PDF]
  13. The Repair and Thermal Upgrading of Historic Steel Windows [HTML] [PDF]
  14. New Exterior Additions to Historic Buildings: Preservation Concerns [HTML] [PDF]
  15. Preservation of Historic Concrete [HTML] [PDF]
  16. The Use of Substitute Materials on Historic Buildings Exteriors [HTML] [PDF]
  17. Architectural Character: Identifying the Visual Aspects of Historic Buildings as an Aid to Preserving Their Character [HTML] [PDF]
  18. Rehabilitating Interiors in Historic Buildings: Identifying and Preserving Character-Defining Elements [HTML] [PDF]
  19. The Repair and Replacement of Historic Wooden Shingle Roofs [HTML] [PDF]
  20. The Preservation of Historic Barns [HTML] [PDF]
  21. Repairing Historic Flat Plaster Walls and Ceilings [HTML] [PDF]
  22. The Preservation and Repair of Historic Stucco [HTML] [PDF]
  23. Preserving Historic Ornamental Plaster [HTML] [PDF]
  24. Heating, Ventilating, and Cooling Historic Buildings: Problems and Recommended Approaches [HTML] [PDF]
  25. The Preservation of Historic Signs [HTML] [PDF]
  26. The Preservation and Repair of Historic Log Buildings [HTML] [PDF]
  27. The Maintenance and Repair of Architectural Cast Iron [HTML] [PDF]
  28. Painting Historic Interiors [HTML] [PDF]
  29. The Repair, Replacement & Maintenance of Historic Slate Roofs [HTML] [PDF]
  30. The Preservation and Repair of Historic Clay Tile Roofs [HTML] [PDF]
  31. Mothballing Historic Buildings [HTML] [PDF]
  32. Making Historic Properties Accessible [HTML] [PDF]
  33. The Preservation and Repair of Historic Stained and Leaded Glass [HTML] [PDF]
  34. Applied Decoration for Historic Interiors: Preserving Composition Ornament [HTML] [PDF]
  35. Understanding Old Buildings: The Process of Architectural Investigation [HTML] [PDF]
  36. Protecting Cultural Landscapes: Planning, Treatment and Management of Historic Landscapes [HTML] [PDF]
  37. Appropriate Methods for Reducing Lead-Paint Hazards in Historic Housing [HTML] [No PDF]
  38. Removing Graffiti from Historic Masonry [HTML] [PDF]
  39. Holding the Line: Controlling Unwanted Moisture in Historic Buildings [HTML] [PDF]
  40. Preserving Historic Ceramic Tile Floors [HTML] [PDF]
  41. The Seismic Retrofit of Historic Buildings: Keeping Preservation in the Forefront [HTML] [PDF]
  42. The Maintenance, Repair and Replacement of Historic Cast Stone [HTML] [PDF]
  43. The Preparation and Use of Historic Structure Reports [HTML] [PDF]
  44. The Use of Awnings on Historic Buildings: Repair, Replacement and New Design [HTML] [PDF]
  45. Preserving Historic Wood Porches [HTML] [PDF]
  46. The Preservation and Reuse of Historic Gas Stations [HTML] [PDF]
  47. Maintaining the Exterior of Small and Medium Size Historic Buildings [HTML] [PDF]
  48. Preserving Grave Markers in Historic Cemeteries [HTML] [PDF]
  49. Historic Decorative Metal Ceilings and Walls: Use, Repair and Replacement [HTML] [PDF]
  50. Lightning Protection for Historic Structures [HTML] [PDF]

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.


Exterior Woodwork


Historic Glass

Historic Interior Spaces


Mechanical Systems


Museum Collections


Temporary Protection


Last Updated 10/24/17