Historic Conservation

Stuart Dean protects, stabilizes and maintains the existing materials and structure of historic places while conserving the heritage value of the structure. Craftsmen and historic restoration teams focus on the original materials, while repairing and maintaining surrounding elements to match the existing.

Thoroughly understanding the processes necessary to undertake any type of historic conservation project is crucial in identifying, maintaining and protecting a building, statue or landmark’s heritage value. Proper planning. proven methods and expert execution ensure successful outcomes.

Three Conservation Approaches

  • Preservation
    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, as well as long-term actions to retard deterioration or prevent damage through routine maintenance and repair, rather than extensive replacement or new construction.
  • Rehabilitation
    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
    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.Two terms commonly used in historic conservation are important to keep in mind: the “historic character” and the “integrity” of a property. “Historic character” is, in essence, the things that make 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’s work is sensitive to both.