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Historic Structures Reports


Professional internships are strongly encouraged for students in the MHP program. Dozens of opportunities are available through the United States and abroad. Internships may be eligible for credit hours, and often include a stipend or other form of compensation. Read below for a sample of how our students have gained valuable experience interning with preservation organizations. 


MHP Summer 2021 internship Highlights

Internship Highlights Megan McPherson, 2nd year UGA MHP student, received a highly competitive NCPE summer 2021 internship at Redwood National Park in northern California. Second year UGA MHP student, Sarah Owen, received a highly competitive NCPE summer 2021 internship at Fort Scott National Historic Site in Kansas. Sierra Beighey, 2nd year MHP student, interned for Preservation Pittsburgh during summer 2021.




Student Internship Spotlights: English Hinton and Zack Orr

This time of year, many students are seeking Summer internships. For two CED students, their remarkable experiences left a big impact as they closed a chapter on their time at UGA.




Anders Yount, left, and Mills Dorn, right, in the field for Find!It 
(Photo Credit: UGAToday) 

FindIt! Program

Mills Dorn ('19), Carter Finch ('19), Savannah Young ('19), and Anders Yount ('18) worked with the FindIt! Program to complete cultural resource surveys in Dooly County. This included conducting field surveys to identify and document historic properties, as well as entering this data into Georgia’s Natural, Archaeological, and Historic Resources GIS. FindIt! is housed in the Center for Community Design and Preservation at the College of Environment and Design here at the University of Georgia. Read UGAToday's feature on the program and learn more at


TIP Boathouses

Five historic boathouses dubbed the "Painted Sisters" at Thousand Island Park. 

Thousand Island Park 

For the past two years, Caitlin Plesher ('19) has spent her summers interning with the Thousand Island Park Landmark Society and Thousand Island Park Corporation in beautiful upstate New York. The park was a Methodist campground established in 1875 that still continues to attract visitors from throughout the United States. As part of her internship, Caitlin put together exhibits on TIP’s history, surveyed historic cottages and boat houses, and compiled archival research and maps that will assist in the addition of the boathouses to TIP’s National Register listing. She said, “The Thousand Islands area is absolutely gorgeous with a rich history that has been beautifully preserved. I can’t wait to go back soon!”



Sherrie Raleigh (left) with members of the Hartwell citizen committee

Archway Partnership

The Archway Partnership is a UGA program that pairs students with communities to address their needs. As part of second-year student Sherrie Raleigh's ('19) assistantship with Archway, she is collaborating with citizens of Hartwell, Georgia to consolidate historic walking tours and research downtown buildings. Other projects MHP students have completed for Archway in the past include making recommendations for adaptive reuse, writing National Register nominations, and developing interpretative markers. 


Lauren Patterson

Lauren Patterson at the Portland Head Light, Maine's oldest lighthouse

Greater Portland Landmarks

Lauren Patterson ('19) joined Greater Portland Landmarks in Maine to perform architectural surveys of neighborhoods vulnerable to development. With a team of three other graduate students from around the country, she surveyed six neighborhoods, researched their historic contexts, and helped develop the case for how the areas tell the story of Portland and deserve diligence to ensure their character is retained. Check out the Landmarks' blog for more on her adventures in New England. 




Maxwell Nosbisch in front of Sagamore's main lodge 

Great Camp Sagamore 

For the past two years, Maxwell Nosbisch ('20) has spent his summers and falls interning with Great Camp Sagamore National Historic Landmark in Raquette Lake, New York- an Adirondack Great Camp.The site was the summer home of the Vanderbilt family and is the progenitor of "Rustic" architecture in the United States. The internships focused on interpretation and the preservation of the original structures. Maxwell took part in a rehabilitation of the original servants' quarters which now serves as the site's gift shop, intern lodging, and lounge. Maxwell also created a new tour of the site that focused on the female history including Margaret Vanderbilt. Maxwell said, "Great Camp Sagamore is always looking for interns that are ready to get their hands-dirty and learn hands-on preservation techniques. Anybody interested in the MHP at UGA will find Great Camp Sagamore a beneficial internship to their possible career goals." 


Governors Mansion

The Governor's Mansion was built in 1839, when Milledgeville was the capital of Georgia. 
(Photo Credit: Visit Milledgeville)

The Governor's Mansion

Darcie Scales ('20) has always loved history. That’s why she jumped at the opportunity to take an internship with the Old Governor’s Mansion in Milledgeville, Georgia. She quickly found herself doing such things as transcribing the private journals of people like former Governor Joseph E. Brown and his wife. The chance to work with original documents thrilled Darcie as she is interested in a career in archival research. Her time at the Old Governor’s Mansion taught her what it takes to read and interpret historical manuscripts, which in turn helped the site further the interpretation it gives to the public.


Elyse Hoganson

Elyse Hoganson dove into her hometown's history by interning with the local historical society.

 Etowah Valley Historical Society 

Being from Cartersville, Georgia, Elyse Hoganson ('20) has always felt a connection to the history of her hometown. That is why she decided to spend the summer interning with the Etowah Valley Historical Society. Hoganson wrote articles for the Society's website regarding her research on historic schools in Bartow County, Georgia. The research was intensive, involving a variety of materials such as historic newspapers, microfilm, interviews, and site visits. Through her work, Hoganson identified three different types of historic schools in Bartow County. The depth of research surprised Hoganson, who feels the lessons learned helped her become a more professional preservationist.


Knox Heritage

Knox Heritage 

As a Knoxville, Tennesee native, Rose Mayo ('20) has seen the impact of a growing effort toward historic preservation throughout her hometown. When the opportunity arose to intern with Knox Heritage, she was eager to contribute her efforts to the fantastic work the organization does in the community. Rose assisted on a number of projects under the direction of the Director of Education and Technical Services, most notably researching and writing portions of a National Register nomination for the first multi-level parking garage in the downtown area. This internship provided Rose invaluable insight into the work of preservation professionals and helped her ultimately decided to pursue an MHP at UGA. 


Other organizations with which MHP students have recently interned include: Athens-Clarke County Planning Department (Athens, GA); Great Camp Santanoni (Adirondacks, NY); Historic Savannah Foundation (Savannah, GA); Historic Rural Churches of Georgia; the Northeast Georgia Regional Planning Commission (Athens, GA); the Cannonball House (Macon, GA); WLA Studio (Athens, GA); and Historic Macon Foundation (Macon, GA), among others.


Master of Historic Preservation students represent a variety of academic and cultural backgrounds and interests. This is reflected in the breadth of projects taken on as independent thesis research. The below list includes completed topics through the Spring 2018 semester.

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While travel is not required, many MHP students choose to do their thesis research on locations with which they have a strong connection. This has taken them to places such as duck camps in Louisiana (left); Nassau, Bahamas (middle); and Minneapolis, Minnesota (right). 

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  • Maier, Allison E. The Jimmy Carter National Historic Park: residential site as a non-partisan space
  • McSwigan, Caitlyn M. “Greetings from the Jersey Shore: A Study of the Character-defining Features of Three New Jersey Seaside Resort Towns”
  • Discher, Margaret M. Elam Alexander: Enduring Architecture in Macon, Georgia
  • Braithwaite, Amanda J. Something Blue: A Framework for the Revival of Indigo Culture in the North American South
  • Pawloski, Devon E. “Stolen Lands, Stolen Stories: Colonizing and Decolonizing Cherokee Historic Sites in Georgia”







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  • Beaty, John M. Secondary Fermentation: The Adaptive Use of American Breweries Built Between 1865 and 1919
  • Bredenko, Barbara. Adhering to the Secretary of Interior’s Standards: Three Antique Wood Carousel Restoration and Their Very Different, and Similar, Results
  • Burdette, Frank. Humidity Control in Buildings
  • Cochran, Christopher. As Giants Sleep: An Assessment of United States Local Historic Preservation Commissions
  • DeViney, Claudia. From Spirit to Structure: State of Georgia Historical Camp Meeting Grounds
  • Franklin, Patrick. Daniel Pratt: The Milledgeville Houses
  • Hudson, Helen Anne. Streamline Modern Greyhound Bus Terminals: A Dying Breed
  • Kersel, Morag. We Sell History: Issues in the Illicit Trade of Antiquities and Cultural Repatriation
  • Lawrence, Sandra. Interpretation of the National Park Service
  • Marshall, Susan Hamilton. The Role of American Women in Historic Preservation and Their Influence on the Profession: A Georgia Perspective
  • Pfister, Thomas Paul. Preservation Revolving Funds: The Cases of Historic Landmarks Foundations of Indiana and Preservation North Carolina
  • Renell, Jacqueline. Store-wide Sale: The Adaptive Use of Downtown Department Stores
  • Walsh, Timothy Ryan. Elements of Style: A Survey and Analysis of Historic Fence Design
  • Webb, Lee Alexander. The Evolution of Atlanta’s Historic In-town Residential Neighborhoods Including Morning Side, Virginia Highland, and the Auburn District


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  • Blizzard, Dana Cherie. “There are Little Silent Places Where…the Stories of Ages Find Voice”: Interpreting the Homes of Southern Writers
  • Harris, Frances Katherine Parr. West Virginia Homeplaces: A Study of Architectural Resources in the Appalachian Corridor H Project Area
  • Hastie, Winslow Warren. Conservation in the Ashley River Historic District
  • Hinder, Kimberly Dee. The Preservation of Large Estates in Florida with an Adaptive Reuse Proposal for the Preservation of Pearce-Lockett Estate
  • Leynes, Jennifer Brown. Paternalism, Progressivism, and the Built Environment: The West Point Manufacturing Company Towns of Langdale and Shawmut, Alabama
  • Lonnee, William Robert Bruce. Preserving the American Drive-In Theater
  • Mason, Amber Rebecca. The Effects of Historic District Regulation in Three Historic Districts: Macon, Georgia’s In-town District, New Orleans, Louisiana’s Vieux Carre District, Greenville, South Carolina’s Hampton-Pinckney District
  • Morgan, Julie Camille. An Analysis of the Use of Preservation Easements for Historic Interiors
  • Picaro, Alicia Victoria. The American Motor Court: Its Past, Present, and Future
  • Rierson, Autumn Leigh. Where East Meets West: Cultural Property Laws in China and the United States
  • Rodrigue, Dorothy Merritt. This Old Courthouse: Georgia Historic Courthouse Preservation at the End of the 20th Century
  •  Sawyer, Kimberly Dawn Cruce. The Preservation of Cold War Resources Through the Legacy of Resource Management Program
  • Veregin, Margaret Ann Callister. Section 106 & Highway Development
  • Weiss, Paige Lindgren. Commemoration of Civil Rights Sites of the Mid-Twentieth Century: Case Studies of the Selma Voter Registration Drive and the Selma to Montgomery March Sites
  • Woodard, Sarah Amanda. Connection Between Fewer Wrecking Balls and Smiling Faces: Historic Preservation and Quality of Life


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  • Braddock, Virginia Lynne. Indicators of Success in Nonprofit Statewide Historic Preservation Organizations 
  • Bryant, Stella Gray. Organizational Effectiveness for Historic Preservation Non-Profits
  • Ciucevich, Robert Anthony. Providing a Future for Historic Streetcar Lines
  • Durham, Alan Ryan. Georgia Scenic Byways: A Tool for Historic Preservation Planning
  • Gaylen, Susan Cheryl. Heritage Tourism in Appalachia: A Case Study in Grayson County, Virginia
  • Goldstein, B. Colleen. The Evolution and Significance of the Front Porch in American Culture
  • Groover, Amy Melissa. John Volk, Architect: A Study of His Work in the Palm Beaches
  • Joines, Sherry Jane. Up Before Dawn: A Profile of Farms and Farm Ways in Alleghany County, North Carolina
  • Martinson, Lauren Burlison. Revitalization and Preservation in Alabama’s Textile Mill Villages
  • Mishra, Ashish. Sustainable Design and Energy Conservation in Historic Preservation
  • Mullen, Amanda Kirsten. Evaluating Success of Main Street Programs in Georgia
  • Porter, Gary Lynn. Preservation Technology Programming Recommendations for Preservation Trades Education
  • Robinson, Brian Scott. Historically Significant Signage: Challenges in the Streetscape
  • Slocum, Allison Bethea. State Archival Photographic Collections and Their Potential for Preservation Applications
  • Squier, Jeffery T. Learning About Our Past For a Purpose: Heritage Education, Education Standards, and Critical Thinking
  • Torbett, Shannon Reynolds. An Analysis of Affordable Housing Strategies for Urban Residential Historic Districts
  • Van Voorhies, Christine U. Georgia’s Archeological Resources: Their Consideration on the Local Government Level
  • Woodhull, Cheri Michele. Jekyll Island’s Hollybourne: A Turn of the Century Architectural Museum
  • Young, Kelly. Relocated Structures in Recreated History Villages


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  • Anderson, Alicia Kay. Shrines to Sport: American Ballparks
  • Bedingfield, Amanda. The Thames River at Oxford: A Character Appraisal
  • Carter, Joanna Ruth. The Section 106 and 4(f) Processes: An Evaluation of Effectiveness and the Preservation Consultant’s Role
  • Cassady, Jane Tyson. Preserving Cultural and Historic Landscapes: A Study of Preservation Policies and Techniques
  • Chancellor, Mark Douglas. A Preservation Study of Northwest Florida
  • Cliett, Melissa Marie. The Regulation of Religious Properties Against First Amendment Challenges Under Federal Law
  • Heeb, Mark William. Sapelo Island, Georgia: Analysis of a Multiple Period Landscape Using National Park Service Landscape Preservation Methodology
  • Hitchcock, Susan Lee. The Colonial Revival Gardens of Hubert Bond Owens
  • Kierman, Elaine Kathleen. “I Would Have A Howse Stronge In Timber”: The Eighteenth Century Connecticut Heavy-Timbered House, A Historic House Form with Modern Structural Problems
  • Koehler, Sheila Kathryn. Interpretation of Historic Houses: The Incorporation of Architectural Significance in Interpretation
  • Maul, Jennifer L. Preservation Issues and Historic Public Housing
  • Miller, Gail Frances. The Preservation of Country Place Era Properties in Coastal Georgia
  • Robertson, Chase Lovewell. The Impact of Bed and Breakfasts on Historic Preservation: In Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana
  • Watson, Marcus Warren. The Effective Marketing of Historic Properties Through the Education of Real Estate Professionals


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  • Baldwin, Gail Marlene Taylor. Apalachee, Georgia: Preservation of Historic Resource in the Unincorporated Rural Community
  • Barker, Elizabeth Kelley. American Empire Furniture: Its Impact on the State of Georgia
  • Blencoe, Corrine Victoria. Preservation Strategies for Three Lakeside Communities in Georgia: Lake Rabun, Mountain Park, and Bishop Lake
  • Diehlmann, Nicole Alexis. Learning from Controversy: The Maryland Experience: Nimbys, Local Historic Districts, and Citizen Participation
  • Foell, Stephanie Sue. Agricultural Museums: Interpretation and Authenticity
  • Goetcheus, Cari Lyn. Visual Concerns for Historic Sites: A Survey Review of Visual Assessment Methodologies and Proposal for Historic Sites
  • Green, Evelyn L. The Impact of Film Industry Activity on Historic Communities in Georgia: Creating the Incentive to Preserve
  • Malone, Katherine Eugenia. Heritage Education at the Community Level
  • McAuliff, Kevin Patrick. Accommodating New Eucharistic Liturgies in Traditional Churches: The Intersection of Theology and Architecture in the Roman Catholic and Anglican Communions
  • McClure, Jill Cathleen. The Interior Scenery and Decoration of William Jay: A Study of His Architecture in Savannah and Charleston
  • Mercer, Chloe Shana. Preservation Building Crafts Enlighten Disadvantaged Youth and Strengthen Quality of Life
  • Messer, Scott Eric. A Profile of “Rural Historic Districts” on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Miles, Diana Greer. Revitalization and Preservation in Two Textile Mill Villages in South Carolina
  • Tarlov, Jane Alison. Education and Employer Expectations for Preservation Professionals in the Nineties
  • Worgan, Glenn Simpson. Federal Period Paint Colors Used on Exterior Shutters and Window Trim in Coastal Cities and Towns


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  • Anderson, Sherry Jean. Pre-1955 Tourist Attraction in Florida: A Developmental History and Analysis of Significance
  • Cullison, David Charles. J.W. Barnett: The Influence of the Architect and City Engineer on the Physical Development of Athens, Georgia 1889-1930
  • Davis, Laurel Denise. Effective Fundraising for Small House Museums
  • Evans, Martha Lillian. The Interpretation of Abandoned Rural Communities and the National Park Service
  • Franks, Kathryn Anne. Enka, North Carolina: New Planning in an Early Twentieth Century Mill Town
  • Horton, James Alexander. The Fast-Food Restaurant and the Historic District: Respecting Community Identity
  • Martin, Jorene Theresa. Successful Self-Guided Resource Materials in Heritage Education Programs
  • Masterman, Amy Reynolds. On-Location in North Carolina: The Use of Cultural Resources in Filmmaking
  • Price, Wendy Lyn. Protecting the Rural Landscape: A Compilation of State Enabling Legislation for Rural Preservation and Open Space Conservation
  • Tarpley, Michelle Leigh. Preserving Historic Downtown Commercial Building Through Residential Use in Small Town Georgia


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  • Glover, Guerry. Lead Based Paint: The Increasing Awareness of Its Dangers and the Role of Preservationists in Developing a Solution to Its Problems
  • Goodman, Hugh David. The Role of the Builder-Architect in the Domestic Architecture of John McComb, Jr.
  • Griffin, Kelly Glasgow. A Study of the Development and Regional Influences of the Greek Revival Period of Architecture in Mississippi with Interpretive Planning Guidelines for Its Interiors
  • Hardison, Lillian Hooper. Coca-Cola Bottling Plants in Georgia: The Preservation of Standardized Early 20thCentury Commercial Buildings
  • Janicki, Joan Carole. Preserving Historic Resources in New Subdivision Development: Promising Developments in the Maryland Suburbs
  • Larimore, Denise Rachael. Let the Stones Speak: Interpreting Civil War Monuments at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
  • Malone, Constance Marie. The Adaptive Use of Abandoned Railroad Depots in Northeast Georgia’s Small Towns
  • Michael, Michelle Ann. The Rise of the Regional Architect in North Carolina as Seen Through the Manufacturer’s Record
  • Townes, Bryan Landon. The Adaptive Use of Abandned Turn-of-the-Century Schools in Small Georgia Communities
  • Ungaro, Maurice A. Rehabilitating Historic Hotels
  • Walker, Robert Burke. Georgia’s Carnegie Libraries: A Study of Their History, Their Existing Conditions, and Conservation


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  • Christian, Anne Catherine. Using a Revolving Loan to Acquire, Rehabilitate, and Re-sell Historic Homes for Affordable Housing
  • Kelly, William Bryan. Preserving Historic Downtowns of University Cities Through Traditional Use as Location for Retail Businesses
  • McDowell, Ellen Burton. Documenting Antebellum Interiors in the Lower Mississippi River Valley: A Guide to Historic Research for House Museums
  • Strickland, Tiffany Tuley. House Museum Education Programs: Reinforcing School Subjects Through a Visual Experience
  • Turner, Cathleen D. The Wright Brother’s Memorial: A Study in the Application of the Context-Based Approach to Evaluating Significance
  • Vogel, Lisa Diane. Southern Textile Mills and the National Register of Historic Places: A Framework for Evaluation
  • Wyatt, Eric Michael. Historic Structures of Rural Dallas County, Alabama: An Overview of Resources and Alternatives for the Conservation of the County’s Built Environment


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  • Hudson, Charlton. Historic Preservation and Affordable Housing
  • Maddox, Janice Wilma. The Derivation of the Urn Motif: A First Study of the Decorative Use of Urns in European and American Architecture
  • Rine, Ruth Kristin. Agricultural Resource Protection Programs in Pennsylvania: An Analysis and Application


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  • Butler, C. Scott. Windows in Georgia: Technological and Stylistic Changes as an Aid in Dating Historic Buildings, 1733-1945
  • Hirschy, Susan Alden. Historic Property Appraisals: Residential Real Estate Valuation
  • Houston, Katherine Lewis. Evaluating Residential Rehabilitation and Resale Business Potentials
  • Sebree, Michelle. The Development and Preservation of Coral Gables, Florida: An Early Twentieth Century Thematic Suburb
  • Terrell, Elinor Greta. The House Museum: A Tool for Teaching History
  • Wright, Elliott Kipling. Historic Preservation Polls: Purpose, Method, and Application


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  • Jones, Lynn M. The Design of National Park Visitors Centers: The Relationship Between Buildings and Their Sites
  • Latham, Dan Hill. Georgia Marble: A Study of Its Production and Architectural Use Before World War II
  • Turner, Mary Julia. Surveying Industrial Era Vernacular Architecture


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  • Casey, Susan Elizabeth. Historic Preservation and the Festival Marketplace: Utilizing Historic Structures in Small Cities
  • Cleveland, Martin Todd. The Economic Impact of Historic Preservation on Local Economies
  • Clower, Jennifer M. The University of Virginia’s Historic Renovation Corporation: A Model for Providing Improved Historic Housing for Students
  • Dixon, Lori Ann. The Hotel Oakwood: A Case Study in Adaptive Use Planning
  • Gromlich, Bonnie Flanagan. Design Guidelines for Historic Districts
  • Harris, Virginia Jan. The Absence of Self-Awareness of Potential Local Historic Preservation Organizations
  • Strong, Jeanne Mansell. Historic Preservation Commission and Computer Technology: Potentials for Immediate Application
  • Vinson, John Chalmers. The Development of Historic Preservation as a Profession in the United States and the State of Georgia: A Study of the History, Present Status, and Future Prospects of Historic Preservation as a Professional Endeavor
  • Wilson-Martin, Catherine Louise. UNESCO World Heritage List: An Assessment of the City of Savannah


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  • Edge, Carolyn Paris. The Career of C. Wilmer Heery of Athens, Georgia, Architect
  • Hubbell, Robin. Historic Georgia Lighthouses: A Study of Their History and an Examination of Their Present Physical State for Historic Preservation Purposes
  • Hudson, Karen Elaine. The Historic Farmstead Agriculture of Oglethorpe County: A Preliminary Step Toward the Development of a Standard Typology and Nomenclature for Piedmont Georgia
  • Mason, Vickie Elaine. Vernacular Buildings in the Northwestern Piedmont of North Carolina: A Study of Rural Dwellings in Alexander and Caldwell Counties


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  • Adams, Julian Wade. G. Lloyd Preacher, Southern Architect: A Study of His Career
  • Bowers, Sybil Argintar. Creative Financing for Downtown Revitalization
  • Glickman, Sara Orton. Historic Resources in African-American Neighborhoods of Piedmont Georgia
  • Prevette, Olive Bumgarner. The Cottage Gardens of Georgia and the Carolinas, 1850-1900: A Guide for Contemporary Homeowners
  • Butler, Donna Leigh Ratchford. The Use of Easements on Historic Structures: A Survey and Analysis of Easement Holding Organizations in Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia

Historic Structures Reports

According to the National Parks Service, “a historic structure report provides documentary, graphic, and physical information about a property’s history and existing condition.” By partnering with local historic sites, students in the MHP program get hands-on experience completing HSRs and learning how this vital resource plays into preservation planning. Below are examples of HSRs that students have completed on a variety of different building types for the Building Materials Conservation class. 

Oconee County High School

Denmark Hall

Bowersville Gin

Wright House Outbuilding

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