What is a Historic Survey?

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

Historic Surveys inventory a community’s cultural resources (eg. buildings, structures, sites, districts and objects). They are both a process and a product to identify and document historic resources and to evaluate their significance. They are conducted within a geographic boundary, usually including properties that are at least 45 years of age and that have integrity. Properties are documented through mapping, photography, physical descriptions and condition assessments. They are evaluated using established local, state and/or federal designation criteria associated with historic contexts important in the community’s history.

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.