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Buildings and Structure Resources

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Index of Topics

     
 

Accessibility

  [wpfilebase tag=fileurl id=295 linktext='Property Support Policy Regarding Loans for Accessibility' /]. Property Support does not make grant monies available for making buildings accessible, however, the Committee makes loan money available under certain conditions. A copy of the Committee's policy can be downloaded as a word document.   U.S. Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act Home Page. [Select from a list of available materials and to view or download ADA regulations including the ADA Standards for Accessible Design, technical assistance materials, and other information from the Department of Justice and other agencies.] Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association. [The site features materials that can be downloaded regarding accessibility, among them ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities; Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act; and Disability Etiquette, which provides pointers on how to relate to people with various disabilities.].   National Organization on Disabilities. [The National Organization on Disability promotes full and equal participation of America's 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life." The site features materials which can be ordered on line as well as downloaded. The NOD also sponsors the Accessible Congregations Campaign interactive site, a self-assessment of your congregation's efforts to ensure the full participation of people with disabilities and older adults.] Making Historic Properties Accessible. [Washington, D.C.: National Park Sevice; Preservation Brief 32.] This Brief introduces the complex issue of providing accessibility at historic properties, and provides guidance on making properties accessible while preserving their character. It also provides examples to show that independent physical accessibility can be achieved with careful planning, consultation, and sensitive design.    

 Bird Deterrence

  Bird Deterrent Systems. A study of bird deterrent systems performed for the General Services Administration (GSA) and published as Preservation Note 7. (Also available as a Word document.)   Removal of Bird Repellent Gel from Masonry. This specification, published by the General Services Administration as Preservation Note 21, describes the method which proved most successful in removing repellent gel from marble. (Also available as a Word document.)    

Cell Phones

  Locating Telecommunications Towers in Historic Buildings. [National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2000.] This 28 page publication provides information on integrating cell phone transmitters into historic buildings, especially steeples, as well as advice concerning negotiating leases. To obtain a copy, please contact the Property Support Office.  

Codes

  Safety, Building Codes and Historic Buildings. [National Trust for Historic Preservation.] A review of the evolution of the building regulatory system and current building codes, with a discussion of compliance issues for older and historic buildings. To obtain a copy, please contact the Property Support Office.    

Consultants

  Using Professional Consultants. [National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1993.] Learn how to get the best results from the services of a consultant. Includes sample contracts, letter agreements, and requests for proposals. To obtain a copy, please contact the Property Support Office.  

Contamination

  Coping with Contamination: A Primer for Preservationists. [National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1993.] An introduction to the issues surrounding such hazardous materials as lead paint, asbestos, radon, and underground storage tanks. To obtain a copy, please contact the Property Support Office.    

Energy

  Utility Tracking Spreadsheet   Ceiling Fans in Worship Spaces. [Andrew Rudin; Philadelphia: The Interfaith Coalition on Energy.] To obtain a copy, please contact the Property Support Office.   Energy and Environment Awareness Activities for Congregations. [Andrew Rudin; Philadelphia: The Interfaith Coalition on Energy, 1996.] To obtain a copy, please contact the Property Support Office.   Natural and Artificial Changes in Interior Worship Space Temperatures. [Philadelphia: The Interfaith Coalition on Energy.] To obtain a copy, please contact the Property Support Office.   The Positive Effect of Low Temperatures on Pipe Organs. [Philadelphia: The Interfaith Coalition on Energy, 1988.] To obtain a copy, please contact the Property Support Office.   Energy Activities for Faithful Youth. [Andrew Rudin; Philadelphia: The Interfaith Coalition on Energy, 1986.] To obtain a copy, please contact the Property Support Office.   Conserving Energy in Historic Buildings. [Washington, D.C.: National Park Service; Preservation Brief 03.] Putting Energy Into Stewardship: Energy Star for Congregations Guide. [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, October 2000].    

Filming

  History for Hire: Using Cultural Resources as Film Locations. [National Trust for Historic Preservation.] A guide for owners to the benefits and drawbacks of using properties as film locations. Included are a glossary of standard film terms and a sample agreement. To obtain a copy, please contact the Property Support Office.  

Flooring

  Preserving Historic Ceramic Tile Floors. [Washington, D.C.: National Park Service; Preservation Brief 40.] Restoring and Maintaining Stone Flooring. Published by the General Services Administration, Preservation Note 35 describes maintenance, care and restoration procedures for stone floors. (Also available as a Word document.)   Technical Pamphlet 15: Care and Repair of Old Floors. [Adele Wright, RIBA; London: Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, 1999; 13pp.] To obtain a copy, please contact the Property Support Office.    

Graffiti

  Removing Graffiti from Historic Masonry. [Washington, D.C.: National Park Service; Preservation Brief 38.]

Graveyards

  Graveyard Preservation. [Michael F. Lynch, NYSHPO, 1998.] Sources of technical information and assistance on the subject of graveyard and tombstone preservation.   Texas Preservation Guidelines: Preserving Historic Cemeteries. [Texas Historical Commission]. A 16-page booklet describing relevant laws and government agencies, ways to document and protect cemeteries, restoration and care, and more.    

Heating

  Water Treatment for Low Pressure Cast Iron Steam Boilers. [Philadelphia: The Interfaith Coalition on Energy, 1997.] To obtain a copy, please contact the Property Support Office.  

Landmarking

  Congregational Buildings Listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. A Microsoft Word document listing congregations in communion with the Episcopal Diocese of New York whose buildings are known by the Property Support Office to be listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.   National Register of Historic Places. Information on the National Register program, collections and publications. Includes a searchable list of properties on the Register, the NRIS - National Register Information System. Also has information on processing an application, sample nomination, using the Register for historical research.   Heritage Preservation Services, National Park Service, helps identify, evaluate, protect and preserve historic properties. Located in Washington, D.C. within the National Center for Cultural Resource Stewardship & Partnership Programs, the Division provides a broad range of products and services, financial assistance and incentives, educational guidance, and technical information in support of this mission. A complete list of Preservation Briefs can be found on this site.   The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (SHPO) is the agency that administers the State and National Registers of Historic Places in New York. Information concerning the effects of listing as well as the process to become listed is available through the SHPO.   New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission protects the New York City's architectural, historic, and cultural resources. The Commission identifies, designates, and regulates buildings, districts, sites, and interiors; surveys potential landmarks and historic districts; evaluates proposals for landmark designations; and regulates alterations to designated sites and structures. Downloadable forms can be found at this site.   The New York Landmarks Conservancy is a private, not–for–profit organization that provides financial and technical aid to owners of historic properties. The Conservancy's Sacred Sites Program publishes Common Bond, a newsletter oriented toward historic religious buildings, and provides matching grants for planning and restoration work. A downloadable application for a Sacred Sites matching grant can be found at this site.   The National Trust for Historic Preservation chartered by Congress in 1949, is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the irreplaceable through education and advocacy. It fights to save historic buildings and the neighborhoods and landscapes they anchor. The Trust also provides financial assistance to historic properties.   The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) promotes the preservation of historic resources through the advancement and dissemination of technology and training. NCPTT, created by Congress, serves public and private practitioners through research, education and information management.    

Lead Hazards

  Appropriate Methods of Reducing Lead-Paint Hazards in Historic Housing. [Washington, D.C.: National Park Service; Preservation Brief 37.]

Leasing/Selling Property

  Amazing Space: Opening Doors to Community Ministry. [Charles D. Kiefer, ed.; Inspired Partnerships: 1993]. To obtain a copy, please contact the Property Support Office.   Building Consensus for Sharing. [William S. Gaither, The Sacred Trusts Conference, Baltimore, MD: 1992]. To obtain a copy, please contact the Property Support Office.   Charging for Rented Space. [The Intefaith Coalition on Energy: January, 1995]. To obtain a copy, please contact the Property Support Office.   Model Lease for Use by Diocesan Congregations. (Available as a PDF document). [Episcopal Diocese of New York, 2002.] New Standing Committee guidelines and applicable canon and state laws governing the leasing, sale and encumbering (mortgages, easements, covenants, etc.) of church property. As one word document containing revised procedures, newly-instituted investment agreement, and sample documents approved by the Standing Committee on January 4, 2007: Procedure and Forms in Real Property Transactions (Word document) For a copy of Selected provisions of the New York Relgious Corporation Law Applicable to Episcopal Parishes, please contact the Property Support Office.   See also For Parishes: Lease and Sale of Real Estate for a description of policies and procedures.  

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Maintenance

  Building Survey Form. Episcopal Diocese of New York, Property Support Office, 2003. Available as a Microsoft Word Document.   Checklist for the Routine Inspection of Buildings. Prepared by the U.S. General Services Administration, the checklist cover roofs,walls and exterior finishes, windows, decks, basements and crawl spaces, attics, and mechanical and electrical systems.   Sample Job Description for Congregation Property Manager. [Philadelphia: The Interfaith Coalition on Energy, 1997.] To obtain a copy, please contact the Property Support Office.   Questions for People Applying for Maintenance/Custodial Employment. [Philadelphia: The Interfaith Coalition on Energy, 1996.] To obtain a copy, please contact the Property Support Office.        

Masonry

  The Cleaning and Waterproof Coating of Masonry Buildings. [Washington, D.C.: National Park Service; Preservation Brief 01.] The inappropriate cleaning and waterproofing or masonry buildings is a major cause of deterioration of the historic resources. While both treatments may be appropriate in some cases, they may cause serious deterioration in others. The purpose of this leaflet is to provide guidance on the techniques of cleaning and waterproofing, and to explain the consequences of their inappropriate use.   Removing and Replacing Deteriorated Brick Masonry. Specifications prepared by the U.S. General Services Administration.   Preparing Lime Mortars For Repointing Masonry. Guidance on preparing lime mortars for repointing masonry prepared by the U.S. General Services Administration.   Repointing Mortar Joints in Historic Masonry Buildings. [Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, Preservation Brief 2.] Includes information on all types of historic unit masonry and should serve as a guide to prepare specifications for repointing historic masonry buildings.   Dangers of Abrasive Cleaning to Historic Buildings. [Washington, D.C.: National Park Service; Preservation Brief 06.] The Preservation of Historic Glazed Architectural Terra-Cotta. [Washington, D.C.: National Park Service; Preservation Brief 07.] The Preservation and Repair of Historic Stucco. [Washington, D.C.: National Park Service; Preservation Brief 22.]  

Moisture

  Holding the Line: Controlling Unwanted Moisture in Historic Buildings. [Washington, D.C.: National Park Service; Preservation Brief 39.]

Painting

  Exterior Paint Problems on Historic Woodwork. [Washington, D.C.: National Park Service; Preservation Brief 10.] Paintquality.com. A comprehensive resource on paint quality and techniques.   Preservation Brief 28: Painting Historic Interiors. [Washington, D.C.: National Park Service; Preservation Brief 28.]  

Plaster

  Repairing Historic Flat Plaster - Walls and Ceilings. [Washington, D.C.: National Park Service; Preservation Brief 21.] Preserving Historic Ornamental Plaster. [Washington, D.C.: National Park Service; Preservation Brief 23.]

Roofing

  Asphalt Shingle Roofing (.pdf file). A checklist with guidelines and bid forms designed to facilitate soliciting bids from roofing conractors. This publication sets the minimum standards acceptable by the Property Support Committee when considering requests for financial assistance for a new roof. Available as a .pdf file (Adobe Acrobat needed) or by contacting the Property Support Office.   Roofing for Historic Buildings. [Washington, D.C.: National Park Service; Preservation Brief 04.] A weather-tight roof is basic in the preservation of a structure, regardless of its age, size, or design.   The Repair and Replacement of Historic Wooden Shingle Roofs. [Washington, D.C.: National Park Service; Preservation Brief 19.] The Repair, Replacement, and Maintenance of Historic Slate Roofs. [Washington, D.C.: National Park Service; Preservation Brief 29.] The Preservation and Repair of Historic Clay Tile Roofs. [Washington, D.C.: National Park Service; Preservation Brief 30.]

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Siding

  Aluminum and Vinyl Siding on Historic Buildings: The Appropriateness of Substitute Materials for Resurfacing Historic Wood Frame Buildings. [Washington, D.C.: National Park Service; Preservation Brief 08.]

Stained Glass

  Standards and Guidelines for the Preservation of Historic Stained Glass. [Kansas City, MO.: Stained Glass Association of America.] To obtain a copy, please contact the Property Support Office.   The Preservation and Repair of Historic Stained and Leaded Glass. [Washington, D.C.: National Park Service; Preservation Brief 33.] Stained Glass Preservation. [Michael F. Lynch, NYSHPO, 1998.] Sources of technical information and assistance on the subject of stained glass preservation.    

Stewardship

  Conservation of Urban Religious Properties. [National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1990.] A look at the preservation of historic religious properties in metropolitan areas using five Chicago churches as examples. To obtain a copy, please contact the Property Support Office.   Strategies for the Stewardshp and Active Use of Older and Historic Religious Properties. [National Trust for Historic Preservation.] A guide to the preservation, restoration, and reuse of historic religious structures. To obtain a copy, please contact the Property Support Office.        

Windows

  The Repair of Historic Wooden Windows. Washington, D.C.: National Park Service; Preservation Brief 09.   The Repair and Thermal Upgrading of Historic Steel Windows. Washington, D.C.: National Park Service; Preservation Brief 13.  

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Director of Property Support

Mr. Michael Rebic

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Director of Property Support Property Support Work Phone: 212-316-7428 Work Fax: 212-932-7328
 

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