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Historic Preservation


The University of Vermont Historic Preservation program aims to prepare graduate degree students for broad-based careers in the conservation and sustainable management of the historic environment through studies and research in heritage preservation administration, planning, architectural conservation, adaptive use and economic development, architectural and cultural history, documentation, law, and cultural resource management. 


McCullough, Robert L.; Associate Professor, Department of History; PHD, Cornell University
Visser, Thomas Durant; Professor, Department of History; MS, University of Vermont


HP 200. History American Architecture. 3 Credits.

Study of architectural history to gain fluency in the stylistic terms so essential to historic preservation and to public support for conserving our architectural heritage.

HP 201. History on the Land. 3 Credits.

Identifying and interpreting evidence of the cultural forces - early settlement patterns, transportation, industry, agriculture, planning, conservation - that have shaped our land, buildings, towns and cities. Cross-listed with: HST 201.

HP 204. Historic Pres: Devlpmnt Econ. 3 Credits.

Survey of economic, financial aspects of real estate development pertaining to preservation and adaptive use of historic buildings (market studies, pro-formas). Field trips. Actual proposal development for underutilized properties.

HP 205. Historic Preservation Law. 3 Credits.

Legal issues in conservation of the built environment. Basic legal techniques for protection of historic structures (historic districts, protective legislation, easements, covenants). Study of significant court decisions.

HP 206. Rschg Historic Structure/Sites. 3 Credits.

Methods for researching historic structures and sites using archival and physical evidence, deciphering archaic building technologies, and documenting structures through professional reports, architectural photography, measured drawings.

HP 302. Community Preservation Project. 3 Credits.

Third-semester graduate students apply developed professionals skills to actual community preservation problems. Projects include strategy development, securing and allocating funds, research, advocacy, and implementation. Prerequisite: Historic Preservation major.

HP 303. Grad Internship. 3 Credits.

Participants will devote a semester to preservation within an appropriate institution or agency. Prerequisite: HP 304 or HP 305.

HP 304. Contemp Preservation Plan&Pol. 3 Credits.

This introduction to the professional practice of preservation planning traces the evolution of the historic preservation movement and examines contemporary preservation policy-making issues. Prerequisite: HP 200.

HP 305. Hst Preservation Pract Methods. 3 Credits.

This course introduces students to professional practice methods for conducting historic site and structures surveys. National Register nominations, and rehabilitation investment tax credit application projects. Prerequisites: HP 200, HP 205.

HP 306. Architectural Conservation I. 3 Credits.

An examination of the physical properties of historic building materials, their deterioration mechanisms, and strategies for assessing conditions, conserving and rehabilitating historic resources. Lecture and lab. Prerequisite: HP 206.

HP 307. Architectural Conservation II. 3 Credits.

A continuation of Architectural Conservation I, emphasizing an integrated examination of historic preservation through lectures, seminars, and field and laboratory research projects. Prerequisite: HP 306.

HP 391. Master's Thesis Research. 1-6 Credits.

Total of six hours required.

HP 395. Special Topics. 1-3 Credits.

Credit as arranged.

HP 397. Special Readings & Research. 1-6 Credits.

Credit as arranged.