Architectural Studies

Hunter Research has several graduate-level, National Park Service-qualified architectural historians on its full-time staff. These personnel are typically engaged in historic sites surveys where the inventory and evaluation of historic buildings, structures and landscapes are required. Preparing nominations to the National Register of Historic Places (and other state and local registers) is a common outgrowth of these surveys.

Our firm is often called upon to document and report on historic buildings and structures undergoing demolition or relocation. These projects usually involve recording through drawing and photography in accordance with the requirements of the Historic American Buildings Survey and the Historic American Engineering Record.

Our architectural historians frequently work alongside architects, engineers and planners producing historic structures reports and preservation plans, sometimes taking the lead on specific projects of this type. We have teamed successfully with many of the leading architects in the region and we are experienced in dealing with the complex regulatory and coordination requirements of restoration and rehabilitation projects.

Sample Projects Include:

Breidenhart Historic Structure Report
Moorestown, New Jersey

Breidenhart, also known as "The Castle," was designed by the Philadelphia architect Walter Smedley in 1894 for Samuel Leeds Allen, a manufacturer of agricultural equipment best known for his invention of the Flexible Flyer sled.   Continue

Tweeds Tavern
New Castle County, Delaware

In 1999-2000, following earlier Phase I and II level cultural resource studies for the planned State Route 7/Valley Road intersection improvements, Hunter Research was engaged by the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) to undertake a complex series of mitigation measures for the Gutherie-Giacomelli House/Tweed's Tavern structure prior to its relocation to a new site.   Continue

South Brunswick Township Historic Sites Survey
Middlesex County, New Jersey

Between January 2000 and February 2003 Hunter Research undertook a municipality-wide survey of historic sites for the Township of South Brunswick. Working closely with the Historic Preservation Ordinance Advisory Task Force and the planning, zoning and administrative staff of the Township of South Brunswick, Hunter Research identified, characterized and documented the Township surviving historic legacy, providing a valuable planning tool for use in support of future local historic preservation efforts.   Continue