In the decades since the Moore House report was completed, preservation specialists commissioned by owners and managers of historic properties have prepared thousands of reports of this type.
Similar studies have also been used for many years as planning tools in France, Canada, Australia, and other countries, as well as in the United States.
Examples include courthouses and state capitols still serving their historic function, such as the Wisconsin State Capitol (above); significant properties that are to be rehabilitated and adaptively reused; and properties that are to be preserved or restored as house museums.
Photo: Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, Inc "Just as an art conservator would not intervene in the life of an artistic artifact before obtaining a thorough knowledge of its history, significance, and composition, so those engaged in the preservation of buildings...should proceed only from a basis of knowledge.
Although historic structure reports may differ in format, depending upon the client, the producer of the report, the significance of the structure, treatment requirements, and budgetary and time restrictions, the essential historic preservation goal is the same.