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Historic Preservation: Research a Building

Resources in support of the Clemson University/College of Charleston joint Master's and Certificate programs in Historic Preservation

Local Building History Resources

Research a Specific Building

Try to address as many of these as you can:

BUILDING NAME - a building may be known by several names (at once or over time), including variant names (Fallingwater or Falling Water), its street address (30 Rockefeller Plaza), or relationship to a client (Kaufmann Residence, Trump Tower, Wells Fargo Center). Collect them all!

BUILDING TYPE - often defined by function (which can change over time) but just as often defined by form or purpose

DATE - of design, start of construction, or construction completion

LOCATION/CONTEXT - urban, zero lot, suburban, rural,

DESIGNER - may be a single individual, or an architect, or multiple architects over time, or a design firm.

PATRON/CLIENT - may be anonymous (vernacular), an individual, institution, government, or corporate entity

PERIOD/STYLE - periods are defined relationally as much as by time; styles can be revisited from one epoch to the next [e.g., classical, neoclassical, classical revival]

BUILDING TECHNOLOGY - construction method & materials, technological innovations or significance

SIGNIFICANCE - historical, technological, aesthetic, cultural: first, last, best, tallest, largest, worst, "only example of ___," etc.

CHANGES OVER TIME - alterations, additions, renovations, restorations, catastrophic damage, demolition