SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1996

Revision of the National Park Service Guideline for Historic Structure Reports


The historic structure report (HSR) is the primary document type used to guide treatment and use of historic structures managed by the National Park Service (NPS). In 1991 the Service initiated a revision to NPS-28, the agency guideline which directs cultural resource management activities—including preparation and use of HSRs. The draft revision to NPS-28 allows greater flexibility in format and level of research for HSRs than its predecessor. Proposed ultimate treatment, significance of the resource, and threats to the resource are noted as key variables in establishing the scope of a specific HSR. At the same time, the draft guideline emphasizes that HSRs should focus explicitly on issues related to building fabric and should address all aspects of construction history—including recordation of preservation treatment. Finally, the draft guideline recommends that the content and organization of an HSR be structured to ease its use as a reference in decision-making.

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Garrett, BG
Architecture Group, Denver Service Center, National Park Service, Denver, CO
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Developed by Committee: E06
Pages: 109–118
DOI: 10.1520/STP15429S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5321-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2006-8