Researching historic spaces and places is essential to our understanding of the built environment. Research can be performed in a variety of ways to discover new information about the past. Forgotten Landscapes Research, LLC implements tools such as deed research, census data, historic plats and surveys, newspaper documentation, and oral histories to uncover valuable information. Finding stories in this way can make history more tangible, contributing to our knowledge and understanding of past societies and their relationship with the built environment.
Historic contexts are essential for understanding regional history and can provide a lens that can be used to understand the full history of properties and landscapes. Contexts explore the political, social, cultural, and economic setting for any given location. Without context, house and land histories lose their meaning and importance.
House and Land Histories
Every building and landscape has a unique history that can be uncovered through documentary research and architectural investigation. A comprehensive history can uncover previously untold stories of former residents. This information can be used to make decisions about upcoming rehabilitation projects and site interpretation. It can also answer questions that homeowners have about their properties. Research can include historic maps of properties, if available.