Wood – Historic Preservation
Since 1932, Stuart Dean has provided historic preservation to protect, stabilize, and maintain the existing materials and structure of historic places while preserving the heritage value of the structure. Craftsman and historic restoration teams focus on the original materials, while repairing and maintaining surrounding elements to match the existing.
Thoroughly understanding the actions and process necessary to undertake any type of historic preservation project is crucial in identifying, maintaining, and protecting a building, statue, or landmark’s heritage value. Stuart Dean understands that having a depth of knowledge of the issues facing each unique preservation project impacts the entire project. Proper planning and proven methods coupled with expert execution ensure a successful outcome and desired result.
Three conservation approaches
Preservation: The action or process of protecting, maintaining, and stabilizing the existing materials, form, and integrity of a historic place or of an individual component, while protecting its heritage value. Preservation can include both short-term and interim measures to protect or stabilize the place, as well as long-term actions to retard deterioration or prevent damage so that the place can be kept serviceable through routine maintenance and minimal repair, rather than extensive replacement and new construction.
Rehabilitation: The action or process of making possible a continuing or compatible contemporary use of a historic place or an individual component, through repair, alterations, or additions while protecting its heritage value.
Restoration: The action or process of accurately revealing, recovering, or representing the state of a historic place or of an individual component, as it appeared at a particular period in its history, while protecting its heritage value.
Historic buildings and institutions are preserved for as many reasons as they were built. With regard to historic preservation, most buildings are restored and protected based on the geographical region, age, and artistic and aesthetic value to the owner, community, and connections to historic events and people in history. Historic buildings are landmarks of past generations and are an integral part of any neighborhood they are a part of. Depending on which historical time period, and the events that took place in the building, the type of work needing to be performed will typically fall under preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation.
Two terms commonly used in historic preservation are important to keep in mind: the “historic character” and the “integrity” of a property. “Historic character” is, in essence, what makes a building special—its “visually distinctive features, materials, and spaces,” for example, or the architectural styling of a structure or its unique methods of construction or craftsmanship. “Integrity” refers to whether or not a building retains these important character-defining features and has not been inappropriately changed over time.
Stuart Dean advantages:
- Cost-effective preventative maintenance programs that are custom-designed by the most experienced, knowledgeable representatives in the industry
- Sensitivity to fragile and irreplaceable architectural appointments
- Proper selection of protective coatings (i.e. low VOC coatings that are environmentally beneficial)
- Creative and appropriate selection of refinishing methods, specifications, and techniques
- Widest array of specialty refinishing products being used in the industry
- Innovative new product applications to meet expanding presence of exotic substrates and finishes
- Field technician quality, efficiency, and safety standardization
The historical preservation craftsman teams employed by Stuart Dean provide services backed by many years of expertise and excellence. Stuart Dean employs a team of dedicated, experienced professionals that have helped restore and maintain thousands of national and historical landmarks, government facilities, and museums across the country.