Services for Cultural Resource
evaluation and interpretation of significant historical resources are important
aspects for understanding our nation’s past. After all, those resource provide
tangible, three-dimensional links that tie the past to the present–as well as to
the future. HRL is very pleased to offer to engineers, planners, local historic
preservation commissions and others a wide variety of services designed to
facilitate the management and use of our nation’s cultural resources. Our
services include the following:
SECTION 106 & 4F
Dating to 1966 and the
passage of the National Historic Preservation Act, Congress requires that
impacts on significant historical, architectural and archaeological resources be
considered for any project with federal involvement (i.e. federally funded,
permitted or licensed). This is a multi-step process that involves (1)
identifying potentially significant resources; (2) formally evaluating those
resources for National Register eligibility; (3) determining if a project will
have an adverse effect on the historical character of significant resources; and
(4) if an adverse effect is anticipated, then proposing and completing
mitigation that either eliminates or minimizes that effect. Accordingly, HRL’s
experienced staff can:
resource reconnaissance surveys designed to identify those resources in a
project area that may have National Register (Register) potential.
property-specific evaluations through which potentially significant
properties are determined eligible or not for the Register.
Assess the impact a
project might have on the historical character of a Register-eligible
property and prepare a Determination of No Adverse Effect or a Documentation
for Consultation–depending on whether or not an adverse effect is
of Agreement in which the specific steps to mitigate an adverse effect on a
significant property are formally codified.
manage all aspects of mitigation implementation, from advertising the
availability of historic properties to producing quality Historic American
Building Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER) documents
and museum quality display panels or brochures.
Draft 4F documents
for those cases where there will be a "taking" from historically significant
OF HISTORIC PLACES AND
REHABILITATION TAX CREDIT CONSULTING:
The owners of historic
buildings often want them nominated to and listed on the National Register of
Historic Places. Reasons for listing a building on the Register can vary. One
owner may simply want to commemorate his/her structure, while another may want
to rehabilitate it, taking advantage of available rehabilitation tax credits.
Regardless of the motivation, HRL staff can:
Register nominations and see them through the Wisconsin Historical Society’s
documentation necessary to qualify properties for rehabilitation tax
For planning purposes,
communities, counties or other governmental agencies are frequently interested
in learning about historical resources that might be within their jurisdiction.
Through identifying, evaluating and interpreting these resources, the past can
be more easily understood by those in the present. Or the resources, when
preserved and adaptively reused, can be the collective focal point around which
a community builds its identity and pride as new business and economic
development are sought. Prior to preservation and interpretation, however, the
resources have to be identified and evaluated for historical significance.
Accordingly, HRL staff can:
resource reconnaissance surveys that identify properties with the potential
for National Register eligibility.
individual properties, as well as historic districts, and determine whether
or not they are eligible for the National Register.
Assist clients in
preparing historic preservation ordinances and preservation plans so that
historically significant resources can be successfully managed and utilized
tours and brochures that are designed to educate and entertain, as well as
elevate public awareness of community resources.