Sectors and Services

Whatever you can conceive of in the realm of historic buildings and properties, we provide the background, experience, and work products along with our enthusiasm to help you move forward. Explore our Key Areas of Practice & Portfolio and Connect with us on your project needs and vision.

Architecture and Rehabilitation

Public, Higher Education, Commercial, and Residential

We provide the full range of customary architectural services for design of new buildings, rehabilitation, renovations, and additions. We work in a variety of roles, including prime architect, consultant on a team, and a single source for design on smaller projects. We are conscientious about parameters of scope and work with our clients to design elegant solutions that are also cost effective. Our services include the customary drawings and specifications, with CAD drafting for existing conditions and new design.

 

Architectural History

Architectural History and Historic Significance of Properties and Districts

Clients often come to us to understand the history and to determine the historic significance of their properties. Typically, properties with structures that are at least 50 years or more in age are evaluated to determine historic significance, which may be due to association with events, patterns of history or people or if the property is architectural distinctive in its construction or is the work of a master. While not all properties will be significant, some are identified as such through research and evaluation. Our research references databases, libraries, historical societies, local government archives and other repositories to understand the broader history and that which is specific to the property. We have evaluated individual buildings and more expansive properties to determine their history, significance, character-defining features and boundaries. Our work products include historical reports, national register nominations, cultural resource documentation for environmental impact reports, national register nominations, and DPR 523 Forms.

Documentation

Documentation, Planning, Condition Assessments, and Feasibility Studies

Our firm has prepared record documentation of properties as well as planning, conditions, and feasibility studies, which are actively used by property owners to prepare long-range plans and initiate fund raising. Knapp Architects has prepared record documents that meet standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey and Historic American Landscape Survey including as-built drawings and historical summaries. We have also prepared historic structure reports, a recognized format used widely in the United States for long-term operation and improvement of historic buildings and sites. For conditions assessments, we study and document the existing conditions for deterioration. We compile feasibility studies based on the existing building conditions and planning goals, working with cost estimators to develop preliminary cost estimates for future rehabilitation. We bring to these reports a command of the technical requirements of documentation and applicable professional and regulatory standards to provide recommendations with a practical sense of the needs and options facing owners and stakeholders.

Compliance

Historic Resource and Project Evaluations

Knapp Architects has prepared a range of evaluations for proposed projects related to historic buildings, districts and precincts to assess compliance with preservation standards either at the local, state or national level. Typical documents we have prepared involve written descriptions for historic resource determinations, historic resource evaluations, and letters of evaluation along with graphics including photographs, drawings, and historic documents.

Federal and Local Historic Preservation Certification and Tax Credits

Where clients seek federal tax credits or local tax credits such as the Mills Act, we prepare historic preservation certification applications and letters detailing the existing conditions, proposed work and documentation of the completed work for final review by local, state, and national reviewing bodies including the State Office of Historic Preservation and National Park Service.