Documentation is an essential part of architectural history. Measured drawings in particular provide an excellent way to visualize both the social history related to the evolution of a building and more technical construction details. Drawings and photography, when paired with written histories, create a comprehensive record of a building and its history.
Photographic documentation is the most basic form of documenting a historic building or landscape. Photographs visually capture a building or landscape's condition at a single point in time and can demonstrate a building's relationship to its surroundings. This form of documentation is occasionally required by local planning departments prior to rehabilitation or demolition of a historic building. It is also helpful for documenting a rehabilitation process, including before, during, and after photographs.