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HISP 405: Survey & Preservation Planning

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Course Outline

Historic Preservation 405, Survey and Preservation Planning, is a survey and research-based study of preservation planning, emphasizing the identification and analysis of cultural resources in their unique geographical, historical, and socio-economic contexts.  The course will be divided into three sections: preservation planning in the planning context, surveying, and the National Register. This course is designated both as a Department of Historic Preservation Capstone course and as a Writing Intensive course. The course involves: identifying and qualitatively evaluating cultural resources, utilizing and analyzing survey materials, and exploring preservation planning theories and methods.

Course Objectives

  • Foster an understanding of the interaction between general planning efforts and preservation planning, particularly in regards to comprehensive and preservation plans.
  • Provide additional exposure to planning terminology and tools that are useful to students in both as future preservation professionals and as engaged citizens involved in the preservation of historic resources within their own communities.
  • Acquire working familiarity with cultural resource surveys and the National Register.
  • Provide practical experience in researching and writing for historic preservation purposes, as well as verbally presenting information to a variety of audiences.
  • Foster students’ curiosity regarding current issues and challenges affecting preservation planning and historic resources.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will engage in several writings assignments and be able to write in the proper format for the National Register.
  • Students will be able to collect and analyze cultural resource survey entries.
  • Students will be able to assemble professional-level reports with the use of specialized software.
  • Students will be able to explore and explain different, divergent, and contradictory perspectives and priorities in urban planning and historic preservation.

Student Learning Outcomes (Writing Intensive Specific)

  • Ideas: Students will demonstrate satisfactory knowledge of the varying strategies to convey arguments, main ideas and support/evidence.
  • Organization: Students will demonstrate satisfactory knowledge of the varying patterns of composition organization and development.
  • Rhetorical Situation: Students will demonstrate satisfactory knowledge of the audience, the role of the writer, and rhetorical strategies.
  • Editing: Students will demonstrate satisfactory knowledge of writing conventions and correctness.

Course Documents

Note: The following documents are posted during the Fall semester when they are needed.
Discussion Leader Assignments
Survey Materials:
Reference Materials: Print CRS Survey Form (you should use the survey website if possible), Glossary, and Checklist/Protocol
Maps: Numbered Map, Team Area Assignment, Example Map.

Survey Analysis Materials:
SPSS Instructions Sheet
Database Example [SPSS Format] – Use this file to experiment in SPSS
CRS Master Database [SPSS Format] – NOTES: Download the file (right click and save link). Rename the Master and work from that file only. You must clean the data before analysis.

Course Policies

Course Requirements

Graded Course Requirements Due Date Weight
Class Participation All Semester 10%
Cultural Resource Survey Forms Tuesday September 30 10%
Preservation Planning Essay Thursday October 9 15%
Cultural Resource Survey Report Tuesday November 4 25%
NR Nomination: Boundaries Tuesday November 18 10%
NR Nomination: Sections 7 & 8 Tuesday November 25 10%
NR Presentation Thursday December 4 05%
Complete NR Nomination Tuesday December 9 15%

Course Schedule

WEEK 1
8/26 T Course Introduction
8/28 R What is Preservation Planning?
Readings: White & Roddewig, Chapter 1
WEEK 2
9/2 T Cultural Resource Surveys: Introduction
Readings: White & Roddewig, pp. 5-11
NR Bulletin: NR Bulletin: G
uideline For Local Surveys, Introduction
Guidelines for Conducting Cultural Resource Studies in Virginia, pp. 6-13
9/4 R Preservation Planning: Legal Basis & Tools
Readings: White & Roddewig, pp. 11-20
NR Bulletin: Guideline For Local Surveys, Chapter 4
& Appendix III
WEEK 3
9/9 T The Survey Form
Readings: Pennsylvania Survey Form & Instructions
Colorado Survey Forms
, Instructions and Lexicon
9/11 R Integrating Preservation Planning
Readings: White & Roddewig, Chapter 3
WEEK 4
9/16 T Survey Field Practice [Location TBA]
Readings: Manhattan, Kansas CRS Preface, Introduction & Methodology
NR Bulletin: Guideline For Local Surveys, Chapter 2
9/18 R Preservation & Transportation and Health
Readings: Restoration of the Vista House
Charter of the Congress for New Urbanism
Towns Just Saying “No” to Federal Funds
Funder’s Network pp. 1-12
WEEK 5
9/23 T Archival Research & Data Organization
Readings: NR Bulletin: Guideline For Local Surveys, Chapter 3
Guidelines for Conducting Cultural Resource Studies in Virginia, pp. 10-28
9/25 R Preservation & Economic Development
Readings: A New Report Tells Just How Preservation Pays
Lynn and Salem Follow Different Paths toward Resurgence
WEEK 6
9/30 T CRS FORMS DUE
Analysis & Synthesis [Meet in Drafting Lab]
Readings: NR Bulletin: Guideline For Local Surveys, Chapter 5
10/2 R Preservation & Social Justice
Readings: Will Gentrification Spoil the Birthplace of Hip-Hop?
Gloucester’s Race for Survival

In South Bronx, Blight Returns to a Rehabilitated Block
West Rutland Buildings to be Converted
WEEK 7
10/7 T Work Session: CRS Analysis & Synthesis [Meet in Drafting Lab]
Readings: City of West Linn
10/9 R PRESERVATION PLANNING ISSUE PAPER DUE
Preservation & Sustainability
Readings: A Boston Federal Building is Going Green at Age 72
Reuse vs. Teardown
For Montauk, It’s Lighthouse vs. Surf’s Up!
WEEK 8
10/14 T NO CLASS – FALL BREAK
10/16 R Assembling a CRS Report [Meet in Drafting Lab]
WEEK 9
10/21 T Work Session: CRS Report Assembly
10/23 R Feedback: CRS Report
WEEK 10
10/28 T Threats and Limitations for Preservation Planning
Readings: The Odd Challenge for Detroit Planners: How to Shrink a City
Future Of Brutalist-Designed Church Not Concrete
Nostalgia vs. New Housing in Silver Spring
Ohio group fights razing of historic spacesuit lab
US Forest Service Lacks Preservation Funds
10/30 R Work Session: CRS Report Assembly
WEEK 11
11/4 T CRS REPORT DUE
Introduction to the National Register & the National Register Form
Readings: National Register Bulletin #15
National Register Bulletin #16A (skim)
11/6 R Defining Boundaries, Geographic Locator Techniques & Photographs
Readings: National Register Bulletin – Boundaries National Register Bulletin #23
WEEK 12
11/11 T Writing Section 7 & 8
Readings: National Register Bulletin #16A, section 7National Register Bulletin #16A, section 8
National Register Bulletin #39 (skim)
11/13 R Work Session: NR Form
WEEK 13
11/18 T NR BOUNDARIES DUE
Work Session: Review of NR Sections 7 & 8
11/20 R The National Register in a Larger Context
WEEK 14
11/25 T SECTIONS 7&8 DUE
Work Session: Assembling the NR Nomination
11/27 R NO CLASS – THANKSGIVING
WEEK 15
12/2 T Course Review: Preservation Planning Into the Future
12/4 R TEAM PRESENTATIONS
WEEK 16
12/9 T NR NOMINATIONS DUE

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