Restoration, Renovation, Rehabilitation, Conservation: What Does it All Mean?

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When we read about historic architecture we often encounter the terms restoration, renovation, conservation or rehabilitation.  However, these terms have very specific meanings when used in particular contexts which can be quite different from how they are commonly understood.  It can be especially confusing when speaking to preservation professionals who use these terms following established […]

Historic Paint Colors for the Victorian or Arts and Crafts Era Home: Part Two

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In a previous post I described my process for selecting historic paint colors for Victorian and  Arts and Crafts era homes and businesses.  Rather than relying on the historic color collections from modern paint manufacturers such as Benjamin Moore or Sherwin-Williams, we use our own collection of period color swatches and advertising for authentic Victorian and Arts […]

Pressure Washers and Painting: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

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There are conflicting messages about using pressure washers when prepping building exteriors for painting. Some insist that pressure washers should never be used while others maintain that they are just fine and use them both for paint removal and cleaning.  Which is accurate?  As with most things, the truth is somewhere in between and depends on circumstance. […]

Preservation in Action: Minneapolis and Amboy, MN.

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Historic preservation has changed its focus over the last few decades.  Years ago historic preservation was largely an antiquarian exercise where citizens would save extraordinary and singular examples of historic architecture in their communities.  Today preservation efforts are directed at a much broader slice of our architectural resources.  In fact, we hardly think of it as […]

The National Register of Historic Places

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Historic Design will donate free architecture research services for a local institution, business or individual in 2017!  Click here to learn more. We frequently see and hear about historic buildings and other structures being listed on the National Register of Historic Places. However, it isn’t clear to many what the National Register is and what […]

Why choose Historic Design Consulting to help you select historic paint colors for your Victorian era home or business?

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There is an abundance of colorists, consultants and other professionals who specialize in Victorian-era paint colors and ornament for historic homes.  This can make selecting a consultant who is right for you and your historic architecture difficult considering their varying levels of training, education and expertise.  Historic Design’s color consultants, however, have a unique background […]

CNN Article on Preservation Successes and Failures

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CNN’s website has a nice article describing some preservation wins and losses in 2015. I find it encouraging to see coverage of preservation efforts in the popular media as it suggests that the idea of preserving our built heritage has become more mainstream and less the provenance of academics and architecture aficionados.  Although resistance to preservation […]