Preservation Standards and Techniques
Preserving and maintaining historic buildings requires techniques that differ from those used on modern buildings. Well-meaning, but inappropriate, repairs can result in irreparable damage. The purpose of this information is to educate owners of historic buildings about the properties of historic materials so they can be successfully repaired and maintained.
The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, established by the National Park Service, are aimed at ensuring appropriate restoration, rehabilitation, preservation or reconstruction.
Over 45 National Park Service Preservation Briefs cover topics from masonry cleaning to storefront rehabilitation.
Compilation of links for information about how to make your historic building more energy efficient.
The Kansas SHPO has produced five videos that illustrate the process for repairing historic wood windows.
In June 2010, the Kansas Barn Alliance hosted a five-day barn repair workshop in Doniphan County funded in part by a Historic Preservation Fund grant from the Kansas Historical Society. The work was recorded by videographer, Ron Frank in this three-video series.
U.S. General Services Administration's Historic Preservation Technical Procedures
National Park Service's Preservation Tech Notes - illustrated case studies of preservation projects
United States Environmental Protection Agency web link
Renovate Right Brochure by EPA and HUD
Information about lead hazards and how to renovate safely.
Preservation consultants are generally hired to help with documentation projects such as historic resource surveys, drafting of design guidelines, and nomination of properties and districts to the National Register of Historic Places. Some preservation consultants are also hired to advise property owners on appropriate rehabilitation treatments or to complete applications for funding programs such as tax incentives and grants.
This list is provided and compiled by the Kansas Historical Society, Kansas State Historic Preservation Office. This list is provided as a service to individuals, organizations, and communities. The State Historic Preservation Office does not attest to personal and corporate qualifications of these or any other consultants/contractors, whose level of experience and costs may vary. Contracting individuals/organizations are encouraged to ask any consultant/contractor for references and recent work samples. Projects are not limited to the sources on this list, nor are there any preferences for any one consultant/contractor.