For many years, the policy of many Federal agencies and state historic preservation offices was “doc and destroy.” An adverse effect would be mitigated by the research and recordation of the affected property to HABS/HAER/HALS standards. In recent
years, however, alternative mitigation, especially mitigation products
accessible to the public have become the rule. The following are some of the
mitigation products in which I played a key role.
TWA Maintenance Hangar. Philadelphia International Airport. HAER
Recordation. This hangar, now the site of the airport’s international
terminal, was notable for its cable-suspended roof.
Brandywine Filter Plant Mitigation. Wilmington, Delaware.
As mitigation for the alterations planned to the National Register-eligible Brandywine Filter Plant, John Milner Associates prepared a popular history of the Wilmington water system. I wrote the draft historical section and gathered many of the images.
A Historic Context and Intensive Survey of the Atlantic City Public Schools. As mitigation for the destruction of Atlantic City’s first consolidated high school, the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office required compilation of a context on education in the shore resort town and an intensive-level survey of remaining school buildings.
Display and interpretative panels. I participated in the design, writing, and
image selection for display and interpretative panels for the Philadelphia
Naval Shipyard, the Frederick, Maryland MARC Station, the Pownal, Vermont
Tannery Site, and the Overlea, Maryland Transit Shelter.