This course addresses the important steps in conducting physical and archival research in the preservation planning process. It serves to underscore the need for meticulous investigation and planning prior to work on irreplaceable cultural resources. You will learn how to use archival sources, and the building itself, to piece together a building’s story and to help create an overall preservation plan. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of understanding irreversible steps in the preservation process and how to avoid them. You will undertake hands-on field work, each selecting 1-2 historic properties to investigate during the course. The class will incorporate several field trips to demonstration sites and repositories of historic building information.