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Approaches to Historic Building Fabric


You own or plan to buy an old building; you are a designer or tradesperson intending to work on one; or perhaps you serve on a historical commission. You want to understand the fabric of old buildings in order to plan for their repair, maintenance, upgrade, or rehabilitation, or for an addition. The purpose of this class is to teach students how professionals document, assess, and recommend treatments for historic properties. The focus is on the physical fabric of buildings - materials and assemblies - which must be understood before design and rehabilitation work can begin. It will cover nineteenth-century buildings principally. Practitioners with expertise in rehabilitation, documentation, and materials conservation will discuss historic materials and their approach to old buildings through case studies. Also covered will be historical structural assemblies: slow-burning and warehouse construction; cast iron, and iron and brick construction; and reinforced concrete construction. Students will prepare a historic structure report - a planning document for decision-making about preservation and treatment of historic buildings. The course is intended for anyone interested in learning about caring for and adapting old buildings: designers, engineers, tradespeople, preservationists and advocates, and owners.

Credits 3 Credits
Prerequisites * None.
Co-Requisites None.
Fall, Spring


* Prerequisites listed are for onsite degree programs only.  For questions regarding prerequisites for Professional & Continuing Education, The Sustainable Design Institute or The Landscape Institute please call the office at 617-585-0101 or email pce@the-bac.edu. For questions regarding prerequisites for the Distance track Master of Architecture please call 617-585-0390 or email dmarch@the-bac.edu. If you are looking at the course page of a 4000 series course, the prerequisites listed on the page do apply to you.

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