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Technical Assistance for Historic Schools

Technical Assistance from the Iowa Historic Preservation Office
Now that you know why you should preserve your historic school, you are probably wondering how to go about it. We are currently developing technical assistance geared toward owners of historic schools. Until that is available, please visit our general technical assistance web page.

National Trust for Historic Preservation: Historic School Success Stories
One of the best ways to learn is by example. The National Trust for Historic Preservation provides dozens of success stories that illustrate preservation and/or rehabilitation of historic schools across the nation. Each story includes contact information for those who were involved in these important projects.

National Park Service: Preservation Briefs
Working with older buildings inevitably involves important decisions about how to treat historic building fabric. The National Park Service’s Preservation Briefs provide guidance on preserving, rehabilitating, and restoring historic properties. The Briefs are fully illustrated and easy-to-read. Administrators of historic schools can find information about cleaning, repointing, and removing graffiti from historic masonry (Numbers 1, 2, & 38); repairing roofs or selecting replacement roof materials (4, 19, 29 & 30); repairing historic wood and steel windows (9 & 13); adding on to historic buildings in an appropriate manner (14); and making sure historic buildings meet current building codes (3, 24, 32, 37 & 39).

National Park Service: Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties promote responsible preservation practices for historic properties. Each of the four treatments (Preservation, Rehabilitation, Restoration, and Reconstruction) is presented with basic philosophical Standards that guide that treatment and Guidelines to help historic building guardians make decisions regarding treatment.

National Park Service: The Good Guides
The Good Guides are tutorials and pamphlets developed by the National Park Service over the years to assist professionals, building owners, governmental agencies, and preservation organizations. Many have since been updated for use online and are presented at this website.

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