What is a Context Statement?

by Andrew Shaffer  on June 27, 2018 | | No comments

A Context Statement is a study that explores a historical theme within a geographic place during a specific period of time. In focusing on property types instead of individual buildings, it ties the built environment to an area’s history. Examples of themes include: economic, political or social history; architectural styles and building types; or people and cultural groups. Geographical areas can be as small as a neighborhood or as large as the nation, while chronology can be any range of dates from pre-history to the present.

About the Author

Andrew Shaffer is the California Preservation Foundation’s Engagement Director. His job includes sharing stories of CPF’s work and collaborating with members and partner organizations on preservation issues across California. Prior to joining CPF, he studied at the University of San Francisco and the University of Wisconsin, where he specialized in LGBTQ history, preservation, and activism. Andrew is a transplant to San Francisco and loves showing off his adopted hometown to people from all over the world.