Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 08:39:20 MST
                                        From: Renee Buchanan []

University of Utah
ARCH-558 "Preservation Technology and Building Rehabilitation"
Robert A. Young, Asst. Professor and Historic Preservation Program Director

First Presented: Winter Term, 1998.(offered biannually) 3 credit hours (quarter)

This course provides the foundation for the rehabilitation of buildings through the introduction of historic building materials, construction technologies, and methodologies for building rehabilitation that adhere to the Secretary of the Interior's standards for preservation. Students will investigate an historic building and prepare a site structures report for that property. The course consists of a sequence of lectures, readings, site visits, and community oriented service learning projects oriented towards historic buildings in and around Salt Lake City.

ARCH-558 focuses primarily on preserving and rehabilitating historic building resources with a secondary goal of developing a civic sensitivity to the value of retaining historic buildings. While several intermediate service-oriented activities are performed throughout the term, the primary project is the completion of a site structures report that demonstrates students' abilities in identifying historic elements of a building, assessing the condition of historic resources, and identifying a sequence of rehabilitation. In previous offerings of this course, teams of 2-3 students prepare a site structure report for an historic building that is either publicly or privately owned by individuals or groups concerned with the retention of historic resources within the community.

To prepare for the development of the report, the course includes lectures and demonstrations of rehabilitation processes, a bibliographic research project, site visits, and a service-oriented midterm exercise. For the bibliographic research project, the student reviews a series of journal articles and prepares a bibliographic entry and article abstract which is submitted to the Utah State Historic Preservation Office for inclusion in a database used to assist in public inquiries on preservation issues. Based on lecture materials and their bibliographic research, the students perform a service-oriented midterm exercise in which they visit an historic building selected by previous arrangement with the owner and perform an on-site inspection. The students then reconvene in specialty groups to confer with each other and develop a list of prioritized recommendations and presents them to the owner.

Once the midterm exercise is done , the students work in assigned groups on their designated buildings to prepare a comprehensive report on that building. This report is presented to the rest of the class at the end of the term where students describe the specific issues of the building and what recommendations they would make to the owner. Some of the projects completed in the past include the Utah Governor's Mansion (which won a citation from the Utah Historical Society), Utah State Capitol "Gold Room," Wilford Woodruff House, Rowland Hall- St. Mark's "Founder's Hall and Library," and the Avery Fischer Carriage House.

Within this course are numerous group and team interactions and intra-actions during which the students can comment and compare opinions and expertise. This provides an opportunity for the students to learn from each other as well as from the instructor. Along with the evaluation of the term project, grades are determined through a sequence of group and individual evaluations and class participation.

ARCH-558 is a required course for graduate students in the historic preservation program and may be taken as an elective for graduate level students in the Graduate School of Architecture and doctoral students in the History Department. Otherwise, instructor permission is required prior to enrollment.


This course provides the foundation for documenting, evaluating, and planning the rehabilitation and/or restoration of historic buildings by introducing the student to historic building materials and technologies; the Secretary of Interior's Standards for Historic Preservation; economic incentives for preservation; and general approaches to the rehabilitation of historic buildings. The domain of this course includes buildings built in the United States from the late 17th century through the early 20th century.


The objectives of this course are to teach the student to understand:

the procedures for planning a rehabilitation project from a preservationist's perspective; the mechanics of producing an historic structures report; the role of the Secretary of Interior's Standards for Historic Preservation in the rehabilitation process; 0 the evolution of building technology in the United States from the late 17th century to the early 20th century; 0 the process of identifying, rehabilitating and/or maintaining materials commonly found in historic buildings; 0 the technological development, use, and maintenance of building systems commonly found in historic buildings; the restoration techniques in common use today; the environmental safety issues related to the rehabilitation of buildings; 0 the effect of building codes on the use, operation, and maintenance of historic properties in the future; 0 the resources available for preservation/rehabilitation planning activities.


Class Hours: 1: 10 - 4:00 P.M., Room 228 AAC, Thursdays.

Class Assignments: The following assignments will be given:

(1) Topic Bibliographic Review
(2) Field Project (Historic Structures Report)

Site Visit: The class will be visiting a house currently in the process of preservation planning. The site visit will be Saturday February 3. 1996. Attendance is required.

Workshops: There will be a series of workshops on Saturday mornings for demonstrations of various procedures used in historic preservation and building rehabilitation. These will begin at 9:00 AM and will end by noon. Attendance is optional. Tentative dates and topics include:

January 13            Visual Inspections
January 20            Paint Stripping/Analysis
January 27           Wall Covering Identification

Grading:     Final grades will be determined from the accumulation

of points as follows:

Topic Bibliographic Review 20 points

Midterm Exercise                30 points
Historic Structures Report      50 points
 Total                          100 points

Grades will be assigned based on the following cut off points:

Texts: Morton, W. Brown; Hume, Gary; Weeks, Kay and Jandl, H. Ward. The Secretary of Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and Illustrated Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1992.

Weaver, Martin. Conserving Buildings A Guide to Techniques and Materials, New York: John T Wiley, 1993.