University of Vermont Historic Preservation Program

 

HP 305 Historic Preservation Practice Methods

 

Robert McCullough

 

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HISTORIC PRESERVATION PRACTICE METHODS
COURSE SYLLABUS
SPRING, 2017


COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course is designed to provide students with practical training in three vitally important areas of preservation practice: Rehabilitation Investment Tax Credits (RITC), National Register Nominations, and Historic Sites and Structures Surveys.   A fourth area of study, regulatory review at the local level, will be addressed as well, supplementing similar topics in the Historic Preservation Law course.  Class presentations and discussion will focus on case studies and the specific issues that you will likely confront in these areas of practice.  Assignments will require preparation of a sample RITC application and its supporting materials, a sample National Register nomination, and sample surveys.  Related tasks, such as the writing of proficient statements of significance and building descriptions, the composition of photographs, interpretation of the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, and the reading of building plans also will be stressed.  A single class will offer a method for reconstructing the history of land ownership, typically described as a chain of title.  Although assignments will be abbreviated versions of the project documents in question, the course is intended to introduce students to the level of professional competence required to practice in these areas of historic preservation.

CLASS SCHEDULE: Classes will convene on Wednesday’s between 12:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M.  Topics and assignments will be arranged according to the following schedule, although modifications may occur as the semester progresses.   Field study will be incorporated into the course and may require meetings at times other than Wednesday afternoons.


1.  Wednesday, January 18th

RITC – NPS and IRC.   Course and project introductions.  The RITC segment of the course will encompass several case studies, including a carriage house in Montpelier that will be rehabilitated for use as office space; a school in Underhill; and the Socialist Labor Party Hall Bakery in Barre.  The National Register portion of the course will use the Fisher House in Montpelier, a building formerly used as a tourist home, and today accommodating office space.  The carriage house is a related building.

Documents for Review:
1.    Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation (Secretary's Standards), and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings.  1990.
2.    Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, Revised Guidelines.  December, 2007 (Class Distribution). 
3.    NPS Form 10-168.  Historic Preservation Certification Application, Parts 1 and 2.
4.    Making a Good Program Better.  Final Guidance and Implementation of National Park System Advisory Board Recommendations for the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program, December, 2007; and ITS (Interpreting the Secretary’s Standards) 1-150.  (Class Distribution)
5.    36 CFR Part 67, Historic Preservation Certifications Pursuant to Section 48(g) and Section 170(h) of the Internal Revenue Code, and 36 CFR Part 68, The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation Projects.  (Document 80, HP 205 Course Book).
6.    National Park Service, Introduction to Federal Tax Credits for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings.  Barns.
7.    National Park Service, Case Studies in Affordable Housing Through Historic Preservation.  Number 5: Van Allen Apartments, Clinton, Iowa.
8.    Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.  The Historic Architecture of Vermont. Guide to Vermont Architecture.


2.  Wednesday, January 25th

RITC – NPS.  Field travel to Montpelier and Barre to inspect the carriage barn for the Fisher House, the Labor Party Hall Bakery, and other RITC projects. Take cameras and dress warmly because the buildings are unheated.

Readings:

1.  Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, pages 1-120;
2.  Committee on the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program, “Report to the National
     Park System Advisory Board,” pages 1-26;
3.  Committee on the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program, “Making a Good
     Program Better. Final Guidance and Implementation of National Park System
     Advisory Board Recommendations for the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit
     Program,” pages 1-11;
4.  Interpreting the Secretary’s Standards (ITS), Numbers 1-10.


3.  Wednesday, February 1st

RITC – NPS.  Preparation of Parts 1 and 2; writing statements of significance and building descriptions; discussion and interpretation of the Secretary's Standards for Rehabilitation; review of case studies; review of project plans.

Readings:
1.  36 CFR Part 67, Historic Preservation Certifications Pursuant to Section 48(g) and
     Section 170(h) of the Internal Revenue Code, and 36 CFR Part 68, the Secretary of the
     Interior's Standards for Historic Preservation Projects (HP205 Course Book Document 84).
2.  RITC Application, Fisher Carriage House, Parts 1 and 2.
3.  Interpreting the Secretary’s Standards (ITS), Numbers 11-25.

   
4.  Wednesday, February 8th

RITC - NPS.  Preparation of Part 2; discussion and interpretation of the Secretary's Standards for Rehabilitation; review of case studies.

Readings:
1.  Interpreting the Secretary’s Standards (ITS), Numbers 26-40;
2.  National Park Service, Technical Preservation Services, “Historic Preservation Tax
     Incentives Program.

   
5.  Wednesday, February 15th

RITC -NPS.  Preparation of Part 3; discussion and interpretation of the Secretary's Standards for Rehabilitation; review of case studies; review and conclusion of class RITC project.

Readings:
1.  Interpreting the Secretary’s Standards (ITS), Numbers 41-50.


6.  Wednesday, February 22th      RITC Application Due.


Land Title Records.  Field trip to the Shelburne Town Clerk’s Office to study title and deed searching to trace the history of land ownership.  Colleen Haag, Town Clerk.

Readings:
1.    National Register Bulletin 15, "How to Apply the National Register Criteria for Evaluation."


7.  Wednesday, March 1st

Historic House Museums.  Field trip to the Justin Morrill Homestead NHL, Strafford, Vermont, to meet with Tracy Martin, Chief of Historic Sites Division, Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.


8.  Wednesday, March 8th:

National Register Nominations.  Developing statements of significance and evaluating historic contexts.

Readings:
1.  National Register Bulletin 16A, “How to Complete the National Register Registration
     Form.”
2.  National Register Bulletin 19, "Policies and Procedures for Processing National
     Register Nominations."


9.  Wednesday, March 15th

Spring Recess – No Class


10.  Wednesday, March 22nd

National Register Nominations.  Developing statements of significance and evaluating historic contexts; National Register eligibility; historic districts; and ultiple property documentation forms.

Readings:
1.  National Register Bulletin 16B, "How to Complete the National Register Multiple
     Property Documentation Form.”
2.  National Register Bulletin 22, “Guidelines for Evaluating and Nominating Properties
     That Have Achieved Significance Within the Last Fifty Years.”
3.  National Register Bulletin 32, “Guidelines for Evaluating and Documenting Properties
     Associated with Significant Persons.”


11.  Wednesday, March 29th

National Register Nominations.  Developing descriptions, delineating nomination boundaries, maps, taking photographs, nomination procedures for community involvement before and after nomination, and archeological resources. 

Readings:
1.    National Register Bulletin 21, "Defining Boundaries for National Register Properties."
2.    National Register Bulletin 23, "How to Improve the Quality of Photographs for National Register Nominations."


12.  Wednesday,  April 5th:

Historic Sites and Structures Survey.  National Register and State Register eligibility.

Readings
1.    National Register Bulletin 24, "Guidelines for Local Surveys: A Basis for Preservation Planning."


13.  Wednesday, April 12th

Consulting Training.  Workshop co-sponsored by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the National Park Service, Technical Services Division, for historic preservation consultants.  UVM Davis Center, 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.


14.  Wednesday, April 19th.  National Register Nominations Due

Historic Sites and Structures Survey.  Group and individual field study.  Building descriptions.

Readings:
1.    Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, Survey Manual (HP 305 Course Book).


15.  Wednesday, April 26th

Historic Sites and Structures Survey.  Group and individual field study.  Building descriptions.

Readings:
1.  Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, Survey Manual (HP 305 Course Book).


16.  Wednesday, May 3rd

Historic Sites and Structures Survey.  Field Trip:  Surveys in rural communities, Keeseville, New York.  Steven Engelhart, Executive Director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage, Inc., a non-profit preservation organization, will meet with the class in Keeseville.


COURSE INFORMATION

GRADES.  Grades will be based on the assignments, each given equal weight, and on overall participation

READINGS.  Most of the course materials have been provided, but students are able to purchase copies of the three-volume set prepared by the National Park Service, Interpreting the Secretary’s Standards, for the cost of copying.  Students may also purchase the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and Illustrated Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings, published by the National Park Service, Technical Preservation Services, and available from their web book store.  The GPO stock number is 024-005-01091-2, web address is www2.cr.nps.gov/tps/tpscat_1.htm.  Unfortunately, the NPS book store has not been prompt in delivering orders, and you may wish to consider obtaining the document in PDF format from the web site.  The National Register bulletins will be provided at no cost.  The following reading list may be supplemented by other materials.

1.    National Park Service.  “Historic Preservation Certification Application.”
2.    National Park Service.  “Review Sheet – Historic Preservation Certification Application – Significance.”
3.    National Park Service.  “Review Sheet – Historic Preservation Certification Application – Rehabilitation.”
4.    National Park Service.  “Review Sheet: Historic Preservation Certification Application – Significance and Rehabilitation.  Instructions for Completing Form 10-168d (Rev. 12/86) and Form 10-168e (Rev. 12/86)
5.    National Park Service – Technical Preservation Services.  “Interpreting the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.”  3 Vols.
6.    National Park Service, Preservation Assistance Division.  Review Sheet: Historic
      Preservation Certification Application – Significance.  Instructions for Completing
      Form 10-168d (Rev. 12/86); and Review Sheet: Historic Preservation Certification
      Application – Rehabilitation. Instructions for Completing Form 10-168e (Rev. 12/86)
7.    National Park Service.  “National Register Bulletin 15: How to Apply the National
      Register Criteria for Evaluation.”
8.    National Park Service.  “National Register Bulletin 16A:  How to Complete the
      National Register Registration Form.” (1991)
9.   National Park Service.  “National Register Bulletin 16B: How to Complete the
      National Register Multiple Property Documentation Form.” (1991)
10. National Park Service.  “National Register Bulletin 19: Policies and Procedures for
      Processing National Register Nominations.”  (July, 1986. Revised 12/87)
11. National Park Service.  “National Register Bulletin 21: Defining Boundaries for
      National Register Properties.”  (1995)
12. National Park Service.  “National Register Bulletin 22: Guidelines for Evaluating and
      Nominating Properties That Have Achieved Significance Within The Last Fifty
      Years.”  (1979. Revised 1990, 1996)
13. National Park Service.  “National Register Bulletin 23: How to Improve the Quality
      of Photographs for National Register Nominations.” (1979. Revised1987, 1996)
14. National Park Service.  “National Register Bulletin 24: Guidelines for Local Surveys:
      A Basis for Preservation Planning.” (1977; Revised 1985)
15. National Park Service.  “National Register Bulletin 32: Guidelines for Evaluating and
      Documenting Properties Associated with Significant Persons.”
16. Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.  Manual for Historic Sites and Structures
      Inventory.  “Historic Sites and Structures Survey: Individual Structure Survey Form
      and Historic District/Complex Form.
17. Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.  Guide to Vermont Architecture
18. 36 CFR 60.  National Register of Historic Places.
19. Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for
      Rehabilitating Historic Buildings.