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.

Historic Preservation
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.

Historic Preservation
Modernized interior of the Richards Labs

Richards Medical Research Laboratories

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

STEM

Contemporary interventions guided by careful analysis of the original design unlock the potential of an outdated facility.

Watch Box exterior with historic cannons

Historic Watch Box

NAVFAC Washington

arts & culture

The guard house, where Abraham Lincoln made the last official visit of his presidency, has been restored and returned to its original site.

Reading Room

Widener Library

Harvard University

Higher Education

The modernization of this campus icon embodies many of the challenges presented by working in older and historic buildings.

Latest Publications

EYP Historic Preservation & Design Expert Matthew Chalifoux, FAIA, shares his extensive preservation expertise in The Military Engineer as he explores the challenges and partnership opportunities associated with applying design-build to complex and historically-significant preservation projects.

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The article, “Bridge to the Past,” authored by EYP Senior Structural Engineer and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) adjunct faculty member Mark Kanonik, recounts how a group of RPI structural engineering master’s degree students completed an extensive and unique analysis of the historic Shushan Covered Bridge in Shushan, NY. In accordance with the Historic American Engineering Record, the students documented the structure, while partaking in a radical departure from the traditional classroom engineering educational experience.

Using the right energy modeling tools at the right time in the design process is especially important in historic preservation, no matter what type of preservation is being undertaken. More

Historic Preservation publications

exterior view of building

US Embassy, Rome

US Department of State

Diplomatic

The splendor of this Roman landmark belies its security.

Exterior view of US Ambassador's Residence in Prague, Czech Republic

US Ambassador's Residence

US Department of State

Diplomatic

Beneath its elaborate Beaux-Arts skin, the Villa Petschek is a highly secure 21st-century residence and workplace.