Property, building, neighborhood, district or project-related histories
Unlocking insights about particular buildings, sites or areas is a first step in making decisions about their use, care, protection or improvement. I conduct architectural, historical and social histories through interviews, document and archive research, photo research and other explorations to create a thorough understanding of a property and its impact, significance and role over time.
House History Study
Let me help you unlock the stories of your house by completing a History Study. In most cases, I have been able to put clients in touch with living former residents who have shared their own memories and photos with current residents. Click here to see how I found photos that helped us restore our own home.
A House History Study usually goes like this:
Utilizing old city building permit documents, city directories, early neighborhood maps, county land records, newspapers, and interviews with past residents, I will compile for you:
1. Information about the builder of your house, the date your house was built, and a discussion about the style and construction of your home. Included are the original construction and plumbing permits for your house.
2. A detailed chronological listing of the former owners of your home, complete with information from and about past residents and their families.
3. An early map of the neighborhood that shows your house and its pre-1933 address.
4. A narrative report that ties these pieces together into an interesting synopsis of how your house and the immediate surrounding neighborhood have evolved over the years.
5. A visit and walk-through to understand the unique historic characteristics of your home.
History Study prices vary depending on the property, with more complicated properties requiring more time. Typical cost of a full study is $500. The final product, usually about 25 pages, is bound and makes a special keepsake or gift. I’m glad to prepare a proposal for your consideration. To start the conversation on a study for your home, please contact me at 503-901-5510 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other research services are available including assistance locating historic photos; biographical research about former residents, builders or architects; architectural identification and construction mystery solving.
Just for fun, see what The Oregonian wrote about how our old-house research came in handy!