Writing Historic Structure Reports
Instructor: David Arbogast
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Without a doubt the most essential and, unfortunately, the most neglected investigation document used in the preservation of historic structures is the Historic Structure Report. A well-written HSR provides the necessary data for not only significant intervention in a historic structure, but for the on-going curatorial care of the structure. Historic structures can be viewed as very large, highly complex artifacts requiring highly skilled care. This course is designed for those given the responsibility both for the commissioning and for the preparation of Historic Structures Reports. It examines all aspects and sections of the Historic Structures Reports, using available HSRs as examples to examine and dissect so that a new level of excellence will be achieved in the writing of these vital documents. The instructor, David Arbogast, is an architectural conservator with over thirty years of experience in the field. His book, How to Write a Historic Structures Report, has recently been published and will be used as the text for the course.
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David Arbogast is an architectural conservator with a private practice in Davenport, Iowa. After receiving his graduate degree in 1974 from Columbia University in architectural restoration he worked as an historical architect for the National Park Service in the Midwest Regional Office in Omaha, the Northeast Regional Office in Boston, and the Denver Service Center over a span of eight years. He then was employed by an architectural firm in Iowa City, Iowa, following which he has maintained a private practice first in Iowa City and now in Davenport. His specialties are paint and mortar analysis, although his practice encompasses the full spectrum of architectural conservation with projects ranging from state capitol buildings to log cabins and from Alaska to Florida.