Historic Preservation

We view preservation as the scientific, intelligent, and creative management of change with the utmost respect for the past.

Computer Lab

Preservation and Managing Change

Widener Library

Harvard University

With its landmark representational spaces, generous patron user areas, secure areas for collections, and workplace for a large staff, this project embodies many of the typical challenges presented by historic structures. We preserved the historic character of this campus icon, phasing work to allow the library to function without interruption. The extensive project enhanced the safety and security of collections, in part by creating climate-controlled book storage, and created a more comfortable environment for student and faculty study.

Navy Chapel interior

The Power of Place

Brigade of Midshipmen Chapel

US Navy

Spaces made sacred by shared experience are valuable touchstones for our culture. Heritage buildings offer an opportunity to reveal the essence of what makes a structure culturally significant while enabling its contemporary relevance and maximizing systems performance.

Featured Historic Preservation News & Publications

Birch Bayh Courthouse and US Federal Building

Historic Buildings, Green Performance

by Deborah Fritz, Matthew Chalifoux, Justin Shultz, Brandon Andow

exterior of warfield house

The Power of Preservation

featuring Matthew Chalifoux, Anthony Bochicchio

Exterior view of Fort Stanwix

Celebrating the National Park Service

featuring Matthew Chalifoux, Eric Ward, Justin Shultz

Watchbox

Senior Historic Preservation Architect, Matthew Chalifoux, FAIA, explores the challenges and opportunities associated with preservation projects in The Military Engineer.