What is the difference between restoration and rehabilitation?

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

Restoration and Rehabilitation are two treatments recognized by the Secretary of the Interior to conserve historic properties. Restoration re-creates missing features, based upon physical or documentary evidence, to return a property to its appearance at a specific point in time. Rehabilitation involves upgrading existing features and/or adding new features to accommodate a change in use. The intent is to provide economic or social benefit to keep a historic property in service.

About the Author

Andrew Shaffer is the former Engagement Director at the California Preservation Foundation. 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.