Historic survey can be a valuable tool for both municipal planning and for local economic development. With the continued growth of heritage tourism, having a comprehensive survey, as well as user-friendly elements such as a written or cell phone or IPod-based walking tour can draw people into your community. Here are some of the historic property surveys on which I have worked:
Beach Haven National Register District Expansion (2011)
Beach Haven, a borough on Long Beach Island on New Jersey’s shore is one of the true architectural gems of the state. Its earliest buildings are a treasure trove of Victorian architecture while other pre-World War II buildings represent diverse examples of bungalows and foursquares. Because of development pressure, smaller houses in the historic district are often endangered. Westfield Architects and I are preparing the district expansion to provide the Borough and its review commission with information about which buildings contribute to the district’s significance.
Gloucester City Historic District Survey-Phase I (2009-2010)
Gloucester City reached its development heyday in the mid-nineteenth to early twentieth centuries as a small industrial center and leisure destination on the Delaware River near Philadelphia. In order to permit its historic preservation commission to comment on proposed changes to buildings within the historic district, Gloucester City contracted with John Milner Associates, Inc. for a survey of 170 buildings.