Maintaining and Repairing Old and Historic Buildings
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A practical guide to the maintenance and repair of old and historic buildings

Carrying out work in accordance with the U.S. Secretary of the Interior's standards and guidelines can be a challenge for professionals charged with the preservation, restoration, and care of historic properties. This book-with-CD package facilitates the process with more than 400 field guidelines for the treatment of historic building structures, systems, and materials. It includes:

  • Background and rationale for treatment
  • Annotated standards and guidelines
  • Step-by-step treatment instructions
  • Information on energy conservation and meeting LEED and ADA requirements

The treatment guidelines cover a wide range of issues, from how to replace broken glass in wood and metal windows to preparing historic mortar. Each guideline can be printed out individually from the accompanying CD for easy reference and on-site use.

Well organized and easy to use, Maintaining and Repairing Old and Historic Buildings is a valuable resource for architects, engineers, facility managers, and related professionals working in the areas of building preservation and restoration.


JOHN J. CULLINANE, AIA, is the President of John Cullinane Architect, LLC, an Annapolis, Maryland-based architectural/engineering firm that has undertaken rehabilitation designs for thousands of old and historic buildings across the United States. Since 1993, he has taught historic building maintenance for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and preservation planning for the National Preservation Institute. From 1975 to 1992, he was senior architect for the President's Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C. He can be reached at [email protected].


Introduction v

Chapter 1 The Approach to Historic Buildings, Building Systems, and Historic Materials 1

What Is Historic and Why 2

Building Systems 5

Windows and Doors 24

Lead-Based Paint 34

Materials 36

Chapter 2 What You Need to Know 45

Is the Building Historic, and Why? 45

Functional Aesthetic 60

What Is a Contributing Element of the Building, and Why Is It important to Know? 63

What Are the Treatment Approaches? 83

How to Develop and Undertake a Treatment Plan 84

Developing the Plan 86

Treatment Principles 87

How to Identify Sources of Failure and Corrective Actions 91

How to Maintain Old and Historic Buildings 100

Chapter 3 T he Standards, Guidelines, and Other Guidance Material 111

Preservation 115

Restoration 115

Reconstruction 117

Rehabilitation 120

Applying the Standards for Rehabilitation 120

Guidelines for the Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring, and Reconstructing Historic Buildings 196

Preservation Briefs 199

“How To” 202

Chapter 4 Meeting Treatment Goals While Conserving Energy 209

Measuring the Energy Efficiency of Historic Properties 212

“Embodied Energy” 212

Preservation and Reuse of Old Buildings Maximizes Energy Conservation 213

Integrating Sustainable Design into Treatment Decisions 214

How to Conserve Energy in a Historic Building 216

Chapter 5 Making Old and Historic Buildings Accessible 219

Compliance with the 2010 Standards 220

Disability = Handicap 223

Fire Safety in an Old Building 237

2010 Standards Checklist 239

Index 245