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Recording Historic Structures, 2nd Edition

John A. Burns (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-471-27380-6
320 pages
December 2003
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This new edition of the definitive guide to recording America's built environment provides a detailed reference to the re-cording methods and techniques that are fundamental tools for examining any existing structure. Edited by the Deputy Chief of the Historic American Building Survey/Historic American Engineering Record, this revised edition includes in-formation on recent technological advances such as laser scanning, new case studies, and expanded material on the docu-mentation of historic landscapes.
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Table of Contents


Foreword to the 1989 Edition.


Preface to the 1989 Edition.



1. Overview (John A. Burns).

2. History (Alison K. Hoagland & Gray Fitzsimons).

3. Photography (William L. Lebovich).

4. Measured Drawings (John A. Burns).


5. Recording Vernacular Building Forms (Catherine L. Lavoie).

6. Documenting Historic Bridges (Eric N. DeLony).

7. Recording Structural And Mechanical Systems (John A. Burns).

8. Recording Historic Ships (Richard K. Anderson).

9. Recording Monuments (Mark Schara).

10. Recording an Industrial Process (Richard K. Anderson).

11. Recording Historic Landscape.

List of Illustrations.




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Author Information

JOHN A. BURNS, FAIA, is a deputy chief and principal architect of HABS/HAER/HALS. He has lectured and written extensively on topics related to historic buildings, including the technologies of architectural and engineering documentation.
HABS/HAER/HALS are part of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. The programs document important architecture, engineering structures, industrial sites, and landscapes throughout the U.S. and its territories. The HABS/HAER/HALS collections are archived at the Library of Congress and are also available at http://memory.loc.gov.
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New to This Edition

  1. Includes technological advances such as laser scanning, CAD, and digital-rectified photogrammetry.
  2. New state-of-the-industry case studies, expanded landscape coverage, and related web links.
  3. Appropriate for students of historic preservation; students in architecture programs and landscape architecture students.
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The Wiley Advantage

  1. Offers clear step-by-step guide for students who are involved in studying and documenting America's historic struc-tures.
  2. Discusses each aspect of documentation--including initial survey and planning, field notes, historical research and analysis, and photographs and measured drawings.
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