If so, professional research can reveal that history, and document distinctive architectural features. With this information in hand:
- Understand your building. You, your family and your guests will learn where your property fits into your area’s history, as well as the architectural styles prevalent in your region.
- If you are planning restoration, having a well documented history might assist you in obtaining grant money or possibly even tax incentives.
- Historic and architectural documentation can help you protect property from encroachment by development. If a property is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places or a state or local register, this listing must be taken into consideration prior to making changes which will affect the integrity of the listing.
- The resale value of the property may increase. People love historic properties, and will often pay more to get a property with an interesting history or important architecture.
- Helps market commercial properties. If you own a business in an historic building, you can use that building’s history in your marketing and themes.
- Permanently record your structure. Your building can be permanently recorded in the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS)/Historic American Engineering Record (HAER)/Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS).
The President and principal of Historic Estate Research, Lucy B. Wayne, Ph.D., is a professional archaeologist and architectural historian with over 30 years experience in research and documentation of historic properties. She is a published author who will provide you with a thoroughly documented and illustrated history of your property.
Historic Estate Research’s documentation will describe the historic context of the property within local, regional and national history and architectural design. Significant previous owners, neighbors and events will be identified, as well as the role these people and the property played in the development of your region. Architecturally significant features of the property will be highlighted within the context of the styles represented. If appropriate and requested, a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places or Level II or III HABS/HAER/HALS documentation can be completed.