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Overview of Architectural Survey Program
Maine's architectural survey program began in 1972. Since then, the effort to catalogue and document the historic human-made environment has continued to be a central goal of the Commission's mandate with more than 21,700 properties surveyed to date. The survey component of the overall preservation planning program is a vital one. Surveys document at a variety of levels the historic human-made environment of our communities. This in turn enables us to identify those properties which merit nomination to the National Register of Historic Places and to thereby extend protection to those resources.
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In addition to geographic based surveys, the Commission has also undertaken theme based survey projects to identify specific property types on a state-wide or regional basis. In the past, theme-based projects have included an inventory of designed landscapes, railroad related buildings, shoe-industry related buildings, sporting camps, textile mills, motor courts, and historic highway bridges, the latter undertaken by the Maine Department of Transportation. Future areas of study will focus on Grange Halls, post World War II commercial and residential architecture, automobile-related resources, and boys and girls summer camps.
One of MHPC's focuses in recent years has been the recordation of agricultural outbuildings and historic farmsteads. These resources are rapidly disappearing from Maine's landscape, and the survey of these properties have resulted in a greater understanding of the state's specialized agricultural buildings and landscapes. This effort will aid in the development of agricultural and rural historic district listings in the National Register.
What is an architectural survey?
Why undertake an architectural survey?
Who can undertake a survey?
What is recorded in a survey?
Properties over 50 years old, including, houses, barns and farms, churches, public buildings, schools, commercial structures, industrial structures, cemeteries, landscapes. Also cultural features, including tree lines, stone walls, and town pounds.
How is survey linked to the National Register?
The information collected during an architectural survey forms the basis for determining the eligibility of a National Register of Historic Places historic district. They provide visual, structural, and historical information that can be evaluated against the National Register criteria; they help to identify trends in style and design; chart neighborhood evolution; and illuminate structures or residences of significant historical importance.
Steps for Starting an Architectural Survey
Sample Survey Forms
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