Historical Services and Preservation Planning

Commonwealth Heritage Group provides research and planning services for a wide range of historic property types, undertaking projects ranging in scale from urban centers to multi-county heritage areas throughout the United States for federal, state, and local governments and private clients. Our multidisciplinary teams of preservation professionals offer expertise in history, architectural history, landscape history, traditional cultural properties, folklore, and planning.

 

Historical Services
Above-Ground Resources Surveys
Historic District Delineation
National Register of Historic Places Evaluations and Nominations
Specialized Structure Assessments and Documentation
Visual Impact Assessments
Planning Services
Battlefield Preservation Planning
Public Interpretation

 

Historical Services

History is the common thread that links all of Commonwealth Heritage Group’s services. Regardless of project focus – from regions, landscapes, and districts to individual properties, sites, structures, buildings, or even single rooms or objects – sound historical research and analysis informs our understanding of project parameters and guides our search for suitable solutions. Commonwealth’s historians, working both independently and as part of interdisciplinary teams, are highly skilled in providing a level of historical services appropriate to the task at hand.

 

Above-Ground Resources Surveys

Above-ground resources surveys identify and document historic buildings and structures, cultural landscapes, and traditional properties that might be affected by project activities. Commonwealth Heritage Group’s historians, architectural and landscape historians, and anthropologists are experienced in identifying and evaluating a wide variety of above-ground resources throughout urban, suburban, and rural environments.

 

Historic District Delineation

Historic districts are often conceived as a group of buildings that are similar in architectural style. While this is a common way to define a historic district, it is by no means the only one. Commonwealth Heritage Group’s historians and architectural historians are trained to consider architectural similarity as well as complex themes and cultural landscapes when identifying historic districts, delineating their boundaries, and documenting the resources comprising them.

 

National Register of Historic Places Evaluations and Nominations

The National Register’s exacting set of criteria demands advanced research and reporting skills to successfully conduct evaluations and nominations. Commonwealth Heritage Group’s project teams provide clients with the expertise necessary to assess properties for National Register eligibility, complete National Register and National Historic Landmark nominations, and coordinate state and federal reviews.

 

Specialized Structure Assessments and Documentation

Commonwealth Heritage Group offers its clients services designed to identify, document, and assess the engineering and technical significance of all types of specialized structures. These services take advantage of our staff’s unique expertise in recording and evaluating structures such as bridges, piers, and hydroelectric facilities.

 

Visual Impact Assessments

Construction projects can result in impacts to historic properties that are not immediately obvious. Commonwealth Heritage Group’s cultural resources professionals are experienced in assessing visual impacts, illustrating those impacts, and developing plans to mitigate visual impacts to historic properties. Our geospatial services are available to support projects requiring viewshed simulations.

 

Planning Services

Commonwealth Heritage Group is experienced in preservation planning for historic communities and sites. Our work ranges from master planning for small-scale, non-profit organization to the preparation of regional plans for large-scale heritage areas. Our plans begin with an appreciation of the historic landscape context of the area and our planning solutions employ our understanding of that context to accommodate change in appropriate ways. We are experienced in assisting organizations in addressing a range of programmatic, management, funding, site management, and design issues, and are committed to assisting clients in achieving pragmatic results consistent with our philosophy that the planning process is the first step in implementation.

• Architectural Design Guidelines
• Architectural Impact Statements
• Community Planning
• Consultation with Local Review Boards
• Heritage Area Planning
• Interpretive Publications and Displays
• Investment Tax Credit Applications
• Master Planning for Historic Sites

 

Battlefield Preservation Planning

Commonwealth is privileged to have contributed to the preservation of battlefield sites around the country. Our battlefield preservation client base includes federal entities such as the National Park Service in the Southeast, National Capital, Northeast, and Midwest regions; state and regional entities, such as the counties of Prince William, Frederick, Fauquier, and Fairfax; and the cities of Fairfax and Manassas, all in Virginia, and elsewhere, including Gloucester County, New Jersey; the Village of Sackets Harbor, New York; Saratoga Preserve Land and Nature, New York; Chester and Delaware Counties, Pennsylvania; the Town of Ridgeland, South Carolina; the City of Franklin, Tennessee; and the Kentucky Department of Parks. The firm has also worked with non-profit organizations dedicated to battlefield preservation, including the Brandywine Battlefield Task Force, Civil War Preservation Trust, Campaign 1776, Mosby Heritage Area Association, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, Glass-Glen Burnie Museum, Fort Mill Ridge Foundation, Newtonia Battlefields Protection Association, Princeton Battlefield Society, Paoli Battlefield Foundation, Black Jack Battlefield Trust, and Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association. Commonwealth’s battlefield preservation portfolio includes master plans, site plans, interpretive plans, cultural landscape reports, historic resource inventories, and National Register and National Historic Landmark nominations.

 

Public Interpretation

Commonwealth Heritage Group has extensive experience in the production of banners, books, exhibits, interpretive panels, posters, and brochures. Text and imagery weave together the threads of archaeological, architectural, and historical records to provide communication between the community and the professionals working on the project. Cultural resource-related undertakings are made visible locally and nationally to the American public, often as part of the requirements of Section 106 compliance.

• Banners
• Books/Booklets
• Brochures
• Display Panels
• Exhibits
• Newsletters
• Posters

 

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