Identify, Retain and Preserve
Identifying, retaining, and preserving entrances
and porches--and their functional and decorative features--that
are important in defining the overall historic character
of the building such as doors, fanlights, sidelights,
pilasters, entablatures, columns, balustrades, and stairs.
As significant features in the Cape May Historic District, New Jersey, these decorative exterior porches have been carefully maintained and preserved. Photo: HABS Collection, NPS.
Altering entrances and porches which are important in
defining the overall historic character of the building
so that, as a result, the character is diminished.
Replacing historic entrance and porch features instead
of repairing or replacing only the deteriorated material.
Stabilizing deteriorated or damaged entrances and
porches as a preliminary measure, when necessary, prior
to undertaking appropriate preservation work.
Failing to stabilize a deteriorated or damaged entrance
or porch until additional work is undertaken, thus allowing
further damage to occur to the historic building.
Protect and Maintain
Protecting and maintaining the masonry, wood, and
architectural metals that comprise entrances and porches
through appropriate surface treatments such as cleaning,
rust removal, limited paint removal, and re-application
of protective coating systems.
One of the major principles of the treatment, "Preservation," is the ongoing maintenance of existing historic materials and features. The entrance of this historic house is receiving
a protective coat of paint, which will help preserve
wood from long-term effects of
weathering. Photo: © John Leeke.
Evaluating the existing condition of materials to
determine whether more than protection and maintenance
are required, that is, repairs to entrance and porch
features will be necessary.
Failing to provide adequate protection to materials
on a cyclical basis so that deterioration of entrances
and porches results.
Failing to undertake adequate measures to assure the
protection of historic entrances and porches.
Repairing entrances and porches by reinforcing the
historic materials using recognized preservation methods.
The new work should be unobtrusively dated to guide
future research and treatment.
Removing material that could be repaired, using improper
repair techniques, or failing to document the new work.
The following work
is highlighted to indicate that it represents
the greatest degree of intervention generally
recommended within the treatment Preservation,
and should only be considered after protection,
stabilization, and repair concerns have been addressed.
Limited Replacement in Kind
Replacing in kind extensively deteriorated
or missing parts of repeated entrance and porch
features when there are surviving prototypes such
as balustrades, cornices, entablatures, columns,
sidelights, and stairs. The new work should match
the old in material, design, color, and texture;
and be unobtrusively dated to guide future research
Replacing an entire entrance or porch feature
when limited replacement of deteriorated and missing
parts is appropriate.
Using replacement material that does not match
the historic entrance or porch feature; or failing
to properly document the new work.