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Historic Preservation and Conservation

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An Evaluation Of Historic Cement Stucco Using Conditions Assessment Methodology And Digital Visualization Tools, Grand Teton National Park, Usa, Sara Jane Stratte Jan 2018

An Evaluation Of Historic Cement Stucco Using Conditions Assessment Methodology And Digital Visualization Tools, Grand Teton National Park, Usa, Sara Jane Stratte

Theses (Historic Preservation)

The John Moulton homestead, constructed in 1938, is one of four intact homesteads in the Mormon Row Historic District within Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. The homestead is a vernacular, two story wood frame structure finished with pink-painted cementitious stucco. The National Park Service (NPS) has passively preserved the structure since 1990 and it still maintains a high degree of integrity. The John Moulton Homestead is a popular tourist attraction for its accessibility and its unique paint color. At the present, however, the stucco exhibits severe cracking due to a number of causes, including a lack of designed expansion ...


Choosing How To Remember: Negative Heritage And Values-Centered Preservation, Evan Schueckler Jan 2018

Choosing How To Remember: Negative Heritage And Values-Centered Preservation, Evan Schueckler

Theses (Historic Preservation)

Preserving sites of negative heritage poses particular challenges. The changeful nature of heritage can lead to “dissonance in heritage,” which can result in friction between groups connected to a given piece of heritage, impeding decision-making around preservation. A key issue for sites of negative heritage is therefore not what sort of preservation approach should be employed, but rather how stakeholder groups influence the approach. Values-centered preservation is an important means of navigating tension between different groups. It centers on realizing multiple different values and integrating engagement into decision-making and ongoing management, promoting stakeholder participation.

This thesis analyzes examples of a ...


Performance Evaluation Of Commercial Nanolime As A Consolidant For Friable Lime Based Plaster, Jean Jang Jan 2016

Performance Evaluation Of Commercial Nanolime As A Consolidant For Friable Lime Based Plaster, Jean Jang

Theses (Historic Preservation)

This thesis focuses on the performance evaluation of commercial nanolime as a consolidant for friable historic lime based plaster such as found at Mission San Jose de Tumacácori, a Spanish Colonial mission site near Tucson, Arizona. The church’s façade was originally finished with a polychromatic painted on fired brick and adobe. Though generally stable over time, the exterior plaster at Tumacácori became friable and detached after repeated weathering cycles of high diurnal temperature swings and precipitation concentration during monsoon season in the summer. As friable stucco is vulnerable to loss, consolidation should be considered a first priority in the ...


Henry H. Houston's Germantown Development Portfolio, 1860-1895: A Niche Suburb's History And Placement Within Suburban Historiography And Preservation Planning, Joshua Bevan Jan 2016

Henry H. Houston's Germantown Development Portfolio, 1860-1895: A Niche Suburb's History And Placement Within Suburban Historiography And Preservation Planning, Joshua Bevan

Theses (Historic Preservation)

Over the course of 25 years, Pennsylvania Railroad Company executive and land developer, Henry H. Houston, amassed a real estate portfolio spanning 3,000-plus acres in northwestern Philadelphia. Houston’s holdings in Germantown, an emerging Philadelphia suburb during the mid-Nineteenth century, have been overshadowed in terms of scholarly research by Houston’s large-scale community development in neighboring Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. Accordingly, this thesis aims to uncover a comprehensive development narrative for Houston’s Germantown development, connecting land holdings, associated dwellings, architectural character, and social history together in order to determine if Houston’s role in Germantown was simply a precursor ...


An Investigation Of The Painted Finishes Of Mission San José De Tumacácori’S Façade: At The Interface Of Materials Analysis, Conservation, And Cultural Confluence, Jocelyn Chan Jan 2015

An Investigation Of The Painted Finishes Of Mission San José De Tumacácori’S Façade: At The Interface Of Materials Analysis, Conservation, And Cultural Confluence, Jocelyn Chan

Theses (Historic Preservation)

Located near Tucson, Arizona, the Mission San José de Tumacácori is a Spanish-Colonial mission and the primary landmark of significance within the Tumacácori National Historical Park. Begun around 1800 and acquired by the National Park Service as a half-completed ruin in 1916, successive campaigns of repair have stabilized but also obscured much of the original surfaces of its once brilliantly painted church façade.

There are comparatively very few mission structures that have not been repainted or replastered. Initial conservation methodologies at Tumacácori were experimental and would eventually give rise to the use of traditional building materials and methods. However in ...


Performance Assessment And Evaluation Of Hydrophobic And Ultraviolet Protective Treatments For Historic Log Structures, Courtney Magill Jan 2015

Performance Assessment And Evaluation Of Hydrophobic And Ultraviolet Protective Treatments For Historic Log Structures, Courtney Magill

Theses (Historic Preservation)

This thesis focuses on the evaluation of the durability of traditional and modern sustainable hydrophobic and ultraviolet (UV) resistant treatments for historic log structures such as those found at the Bar BC Dude Ranch in Grand Teton National Park, WY. These treatments are evaluated on a variety of criteria including performance in accelerated weathering, ecological sustainability, and impact on aesthetic and heritage character. Like many log structures in the American West, Grand Teton National Park’s historic structures are exposed to a large amount of UV radiation. In addition to problems delineated from contact with water, the physical fabric of ...


Evaluation Of Cementitious Injection Grouts For The Stabilization Of Holly Tower Support Rock, Hovenweep National Monument, Naima A. Sweeting Jan 2014

Evaluation Of Cementitious Injection Grouts For The Stabilization Of Holly Tower Support Rock, Hovenweep National Monument, Naima A. Sweeting

Theses (Historic Preservation)

This thesis addresses the testing and evaluation of the use of a cementitious injection grout for the reattachment of detached slabbing on the sandstone support rock of Holly Tower at Hovenweep National Monument. This research follows on a previous condition assessment and diagnosis of the deterioration of the sandstone support rock and the effects of consolidation on the rock as the first step in a multi-phase conservation program.

The extreme instability of the slabbing on the west side of the support rock requires remedial intervention that will retain and reattach the slab to the parent rock. Injection grouting was identified ...


Bold Adaptation In The Cause Of Preservation: A Reuse Strategy For The Mission 66 Visitor Center At Far View, Nathaniel Thomas Schlundt Jan 2014

Bold Adaptation In The Cause Of Preservation: A Reuse Strategy For The Mission 66 Visitor Center At Far View, Nathaniel Thomas Schlundt

Theses (Historic Preservation)

Mission 66, a program that was intended to modernize, expand, and reinvent National Park System from 1956-1966, was the largest improvement initiative by the National Park Service and one of the most ambitious federal projects of the twentieth-century. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Park System, the decade-long program saw the expenditure of around $1 billion for the acquisition of land, the hiring and training of new staff, and the construction of thousands of miles of roads and trails. While these projects helped to transform the image of the Park Service and announce their entry into the modern ...


Responsible Recording Of Historic Sites And Buildings Based On Skills, Training And Sound Judgment, Matthew Robert Morgan Jan 2014

Responsible Recording Of Historic Sites And Buildings Based On Skills, Training And Sound Judgment, Matthew Robert Morgan

Theses (Historic Preservation)

It has always been important for the field of Preservation to collect data as a means for understanding the past or present of a particular site, and to comprehend how that data will be used as a mechanism for future understanding and interpretation of the site. There is a place for technology and preservation recording to work together, however the field must take steps to properly educate its graduates and professionals in understanding the benefits and limitations of each, and allowing them to answer the question that preservationists must ask: Is the selected technique for recording justifiable? Are the people ...


A Design Feasibility Study For The Preservation Of The Main Cabin At The Bar Bc Dude Ranch, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, Benjamin Allen Doubledee Jan 2014

A Design Feasibility Study For The Preservation Of The Main Cabin At The Bar Bc Dude Ranch, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, Benjamin Allen Doubledee

Theses (Historic Preservation)

This is the fifth in a series of theses and an independent study engendered from a collaboration between the Bar BC Dude Ranch, Grand Teton National Park, and the University of Pennsylvania, together with another thesis generated from the Park’s collaboration with the University of Oregon. Previous works considered the planning and management of the Ranch’s historical assets, structural integrity of the log cabins, and plausibility of the reimplementation of sod (green) roofs. Following these works, this thesis brings together the aforementioned directives to frame a feasibility study for the reuse of the Bar BC’s Main Cabin ...