<photo>Detail of reconstructed house; Link to National Park Service
STANDARDS FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND GUIDELINES FOR RECONSTRUCTING HISTORIC BUILDINGS
<photo>detail of reconstructed house and setting

Recommend
Basing decisions for reconstructing features of the building's setting on the availability of documentary and physical evidence.

photos of two historical views of the Officers' Quarters at Fort Snelling that provide information on the buildings' form, materials, walkway, and landscape

Two views of the Officers' Quarters at Fort Snelling (ca. 1885-1890) not only provide information on the materials and form of the historic block, they document the wooden walkway and other landscape features, such as stairs, railings, and tree placement. Historical and pictorial evidence would need to be combined with specific physical evidence in order to make the case for Reconstruction as a treatment. Photos: NPS files.

Inventorying the setting to determine the existence of aboveground remains and subsurface archeological materials, using this evidence as corroborating documentation for the reconstruction of missing features of the setting. Such features could include roads and streets; furnishings such as lights or benches; vegetation, gardens and yards; adjacent open space such as fields, parks, commons or woodlands; and important views or visual relationships.

Re-establishing the historic spatial relationship between buildings and landscape features of the setting.

Not Recommended
Reconstructing features of the setting without first conducting a detailed investigation to physically substantiate the documentary evidence.

Giving the building's setting a false appearance by basing the reconstruction on conjectural designs or the availability of features from other nearby districts or neighborhoods.

Confusing the historic spatial relationship between buildings and landscape features within the setting by reconstructing some missing elements, but not others.

 

-GUIDELINES-

The Approach

Research + Documentation

Building Exterior

Building Interior

Site

Setting

Special Requirements
Energy Efficiency
Accessibility
Health + Safety

The Standards

 

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