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Preservation Briefs

Bungalow Home
Bungalow home
Muncie, IN

Preservation Briefs are published by the National Park Service on a variety of topics in order to assist owners and developers of historic properties in recognizing and resolving common preservation and repair problems prior to initiating rehabilitation work. These technical documents are especially useful to preservation tax incentive program applicants and grant recipients because they explain recommended methods and approaches for rehabilitating historic buildings in a manner that is consistent with their historic character. Each brief also contains a number of illustrations that represent the specific problems and repair methods covered. These documents may be obtained online from the
National Park Service or by contacting the DHPA. Below is the list of Preservation Briefs that are currently available:

  1. The Cleaning and Waterproof Coating of Masonry Buildings
  2. Repointing Mortar Joints in Historic Brick Buildings
  3. Conserving Energy 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 Siding on Historic Woodwork
  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
  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, & Cooling Historic Buildings: Problems & Recommended Approaches
  25. The Preservation of Historic Signs
  26. The Preservation and Repair of Historic Log Buildings
  27. The Maintenance & 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 Composition Ornament
  35. Understanding Old Buildings
  36. Protecting Cultural 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

Printed copies of these documents can be ordered free of charge. To obtain electronic copies and view an up-to-date listing of these briefs, access them online at the NPS website.

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