What is an Intensive Survey?

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

An Intensive Survey starts with the information acquired in a Reconnaissance Survey and adds a detailed architectural description, additional photographs and mapping, an integrity analysis, documentation of permitted and informal changes over time, a title search and site specific historical research on persons and events associated with the property. The documentation is evaluated against specific criteria to determine the property’s historical significance, often indicated by an OHP status code. This information can be part of a long-range planning exercise, result in compliance with environmental regulations, or further an interest in voluntary designation.

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.