The Recent Past: Strategies for Evaluation


Examine nationwide trends in mid-20th-century houses and neighborhoods, with an emphasis on the evaluation of large suburban developments, construction methods, and house types and plans. Review era-specific factors that help to identify and categorize these buildings. Evaluate survey methodologies and consider the impact of neighborhood zoning, subdivision design review, urban renewal, and owner associations. Discuss how to determine the significance and integrity of resources when evaluating eligibility for federal and state programs, such as the National Register and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.

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Daniel Paul, architectural historian in independent practice with regulatory experience on Section 106, the Secretary of the Interior's Standards, and CEQA; previously a project manager with ICF; author of listed landmark applications and a specialist on the history and preservation of late 20th-century architecture

Evaluation Comments

"It enriches my knowledge in historic preservation . It opened the door to all the issues confronting the recent past."

"[It brought up] current professional opinions regarding the topic and upcoming challenges."

"Thought provoking . good information on materials and style markers."

"I am much better able to place modern buildings with the decade in which they were constructed."

"Helped structure my thinking. The manual is excellent, too."

"[It gave me] a better appreciation for post-WWII vernacular architecture: typologies, materials, architectural features."


Architectural historians; architects; planners; federal, state, and local agency cultural resource managers; preservation consultants.

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Customized Training

This in-person seminar is currently not scheduled, however NPI offers customized training to meet specific organizational needs at a location and time convenient for the sponsor. In-person seminars, online, on-demand courses, and/or webinars may be based on current NPI offerings or new preservation-related training may be developed.


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