Historic Structure Report

Abbreviation: HSR

A historic structure report (HSR) guides the restoration of a historic building, much as a roadmap guides the traveler to his or her destination. Its general content is a two-fold narrative of the structure’s developmental history and recommendations for its treatment and use. A third component, rarely incorporated into the actual HSR, addresses work that has been carried out. Far more important is establishing the basis on which the work can be executed with accuracy, integrity, and respect for the structure’s historic and cultural significance. Supplemental information, such as a bibliography, references, field survey data, measured drawings, photographs, materials testing reports, and copies of relevant historic documents, is placed in appendices, which are as important as the body of the report itself.[1]

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