Architectural history is the study of buildings in their historic context. Analyzing historic buildings can include researching historic construction technologies and materials, researching house histories, and recommending conservation best-practices. The built environment is not only indicative of our social history, but also a reflection of our values and innovation. Researching and documenting these patterns are essential steps in preserving our collective heritage. Ms. Davenport, Forgotten Landscapes Research, LLC's Principal and Owner, is a CFR-qualified Architectural Historian. Both research and documentation are essential to Architectural History projects.
Historic Structure Investigations
Historic structure investigations are comprehensive documents that look at historic buildings individually and within a greater regional architectural and sociological context. These investigations utilize documentary research and architectural investigation to determine the history of a building over time. Oftentimes, these extensive projects illuminate lost histories of a historic structure.
A historic structure investigation written by Forgotten Landscapes Research, LLC's Principal and Owner can be found here. This research has been instrumental to the National Park Service, and the NPS Historic Preservation Training Center has been using the research and findings in the exterior rehabilitation work being performed in the summer of 2022.
National Register, State, and Local Nomination Forms & Updates
The National Register of Historic Places was authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. It is the official, federal list of properties, landscapes, and districts worthy of preservation. Some state and local listing programs are modeled after the national program. Nomination forms usually include extensive research, photographic documentation, an evaluation of significance and integrity.
Architectural descriptions are just one piece of a comprehensive documentation of a building or landscape at any one point in time. Local, State, and Federal nomination processes all require architectural descriptions. Forgotten Landscapes Research, LLC takes pride in writing architectural descriptions that are easily understandable by the general public.