Research & Documentation

Understanding the historical, cultural, and technological context of a piece of art, architecture, or artifact is essential to determining the appropriate conservation treatment or restoration approach.

Research allows documenting original conditions, appearance, design, or artistic intent, and is conducted using a variety of primary and secondary sources including historic photographs, construction documents, blueprints, specifications, and trade journals.

Historical documentation is undertaken to make a detailed record of proposed work to determine whether it will meet the needs identified in the planning process. It provides a framework that guides the selection of methods and evaluation of results, and specifies proposed treatment activities.