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Keeping it Real: Researching Historic Buildings - 10.7.14

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More than an academic pursuit, researching the design and construction history of a building can have tangible applications for architects who are responsible for the preservation, continued use, and transformation of historic buildings. Regardless of the level of significance of an older structure, much can be learned from a variety of archival resources about a historic building’s context, original design intent and spatial configuration, evolution over time, and unique materials, technologies, and systems. Maps, drawings, photographs, and various types of publications are just some of the important documentary sources that (taken together with careful physical investigation and examination) can provide an evidence-based framework for making informed design decisions that can enhance the value, aesthetics, and function of a historic building while retaining integrity and significance for future generations. Panelists will present examples and step-by-step strategies for researching historic buildings, starting with an overview of what information is useful to learn and why. Established as well as newly-available online tools and resources will be highlighted as a starting point for gathering information about a historic building. Speakers will explain how these resources can be used to direct in-depth investigations for specifics at various libraries, universities, and public archives, and will present case studies demonstrating the direct benefits that historic research can bring to the preservation and adaptation of historic buildings. Speakers: Mary Beth Betts, Ph.D., Director of Research, Landmarks Preservation Commission Donald Friedman, P.E., President, Old Structures Engineering, PC Teresa Harris, Ph.D., Project Coordinator, Marcel Breuer Digital Archive, Syracuse University Nancy A. Rankin, AIA , LEED AP, Principal, John G. Waite Associates Moderator: Nathan Hoyt, FAIA, Architect For full bios: http://cfa.aiany.org/index.php?section=calendar&evtid=7619