The United States is home to many historical landmarks, from the Statue of Liberty to former mining towns. Across the US are many historic buildings facing the threat of destruction and removal to make room for modern advancements. However, there are ways to save your local historic building. Use these tips on how to maintain and preserve historic buildings to learn more.
Use the Right Materials
One of the first things to do with any historic building is to build it back up. The main building materials for modern buildings are concrete and steel. However, historic buildings require special structural materials to cement brick and stone in place. Commonly, this is lime mortar or lime plaster. You can use natural hydraulic lime plaster for old masonry and strawbale buildings because they are less susceptible to moisture, mold or mildew.
Clean Up the Area
It also helps to clean up the area. Before moving or removing any obstacles, always check the local historical preservation society or university to conduct an archeological dig in the area. You never know what treasures lie underneath or around the base of the building. Otherwise, if you notice the area has trash, leaves or other debris around it, clean it up. Once the area is clean, you’ll have an easier time learning how to maintain and preserve historic buildings. A clean area also reduces insect or rodent infestations.
Do Some Historical Research
It never hurts to do historical research on the building and surrounding area. This may take time depending on the significance of the building but doing so offers greater insight into the area’s past. The building could be a former hunting lodge, battlefield or major industry from long before the modern era. Also, historical research furthers your chance of the building receiving recognition as a historic heritage site. Receiving this status ensures state and federal protection for the building and surrounding site. Have researchers look into its history. Then, apply for recognition as a heritage site to raise awareness, publicity and appeal for the building.