Read and download examples of how the Historic New England property care team applies our preservation philosophy to the preservation, maintenance, and management of our historic properties. These white papers articulate our team’s best practices in approaching solutions to a range of issues. We strive to share our expertise (and struggles) for the benefit of other professionals who operate historic sites.
Our white papers are generally divided into three sections: Philosophy Statement, Guidelines, and Technical Information. Most white papers contain both a Philosophy Statement and a section for Guidelines but not all topics contain Technical Information.
Philosophy Statement: the overall approach to a topic
Guidelines: the basic steps or best practices we are striving to achieve
Technical Information: the expansion of the guidelines with more detailed information
We think of these white papers as living documents and are always looking to refine them based on our practical experiences. We also, however, realize that our approach to an issue may not be the only approach. We embrace these differences and welcome discussion on any preservation topic. While these documents are recommendations for practice, they do not supplant local building codes, regulations, or ordinances. Always check with your local government to ensure your approach is in compliance.