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Historic Architectural Survey
Historic architectural surveys are designed to locate, identify, and evaluate historically significant aboveground resources within a defined project area. The surveys may be conducted for projects requiring review under federal and state preservation laws or in support of historic preservation planning efforts. These surveys are performed in a phased approach consisting of:
- Reconnaissance level, or “windshield” survey — provides general information about the location, number, and types of properties present.
- Intensive level — involves more extensive research and fieldwork required to evaluate the significance of properties that may be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
- Analysis and assessment of direct and/or indirect project impacts on historic properties.
PAL has completed hundreds of historic architectural surveys, encompassing tens of thousands of properties. Our team of architectural historians has expertise in evaluating the broad range of property types that exist in the built environment.
We have developed innovative, technology-based processes that facilitate data collection, processing, and analysis while maintaining strict compliance with the requirements of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation Projects and other applicable state and federal guidelines.