Suggested References For Church Preservation and Maintenance


Chambers, J. Henry, AIA. Cyclical Maintenance for Historic Buildings. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of the Interior, 1976.

Common Bond. New York, NY: New York Landmarks Conservancy. [This is a newsletter distributed free to churches. It is an excellent reference. Address: New York Landmarks Conservancy, 141 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010. Telephone: (212) 995-5260.]

Haynes, Wesley, Andrew Rudin, and J. Thomas Ryan, P.E. Inspecting and Maintaining Religious Properties. New York, NY: New York Landmarks Conservancy, 1991. [Address: New York Landmarks Conservancy, 141 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010. Telephone: (212) 995-5260.]

Lynch, Michael. How to Care for Religious Properties. Albany, NY: Preservation League of New York State, 1982. [Address: Preservation League of New York State, 44 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12206. Telephone: (518) 462- 5658.]

Maintenance Manual. Albany, NY: Architecture and Building in the Diocese of Albany, 1985. [Address: Architecture and Building in the Diocese of Albany, P.O. Box 6480, Albany, NY 12206. Telephone: (518) 462-5476.]

Goldberg, Shari P. Managing Repair & Restoration Projects: A Congregation’s How-to Guide. New York, NY: New York Landmarks Conservancy, Inc., 2002.


Conservation and Restoration of Stained Glass: An Owner’s Guide. Worcester, MA: The Census of Stained Glass Windows in America, 1988. [Address: Stained Glass Associates, P.O. Box 1531, Raleigh, NC 27602.]

Insulating the Old House. Portland, ME: Greater Portland Landmarks, Inc., 1978. [Address: Greater Portland Landmarks, Inc., 165 State Street, Portland, ME 04101.]

McKee, Harley J, F.A.I.A. Introduction to Early American Masonry, Stone, Brick, Mortar and Plaster. Washington, D.C.: National Trust for Historic Preservation and Columbia University, 1973.

Slate Roofs. Fair Haven, VT: Vermont Structural Slate Co., 1977.


The Cape May Handbook. Philadelphia, PA: The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 1977.

John Milner Associates. The Beaufort Preservation Manual. West Chester, PA: John Milner Associates, 1979.

The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of the Interior, 1980.

Sullivan, Charles, Eileen Woodford, and Staff. Maintaining Your Old House in Cambridge. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge Historical Commission, 1988.


U.S. Department of the Interior, Technical Preservation Services Division, Washington D.C.

1.          The Cleaning and Waterproof Coating of Masonry Buildings; Mack, Robert C., AIA.

2.          Repointing Mortar Joints in Historic Brick Buildings; Mack, Robert C., Tiller, de Teel Patterson, Askins, James S.

3.          Conserving Energy in Historic Buildings; Smith, Baird, AIA.

4.          Roofing for Historic Buildings; Sweetster, Sarah M.

5.          Preservation of Historic Adobe Buildings.

6.          Dangers of Abrasive Cleaning to Historic Buildings; Grimmer, Anne E.

7.          The Preservation of Historic Glazed Architectural Terra-Cotta; Tiller, de Teel Patterson.

8.          Aluminum and Vinyl Sidings on Historic Buildings; Meyers, John H.

9.          Repair of Historic Wooden Windows; Meyers, John H.

10.        Exterior Paint Problems on Historic Woodwork; Weeks, Kay D., and Look, David W., AIA.

11.        Rehabilitating Historic Storefronts; Jandl, H. Ward.

12.        The Preservation of Historic Pigmented Structural Glass.

13.        The Repair and Thermal Upgrading of Historic Steel Windows; Park, Sharon C., AIA.

14.        New Exterior Additions to Historic Buildings: Preservation Concerns, Weeks, Kay D.

15.        Preservation of Historic Concrete: Problems and General Approaches; Coney, William B., AIA.

16.        The Use of Substitute Materials on Historic Building Exteriors; Park, Sharon C., AIA.

17.        Architectural Character: Identifying the Visual Aspects of Historic Buildings as an Aid to Preserving Their Character; Nelson, Lee H., FAIA.

18.        Rehabilitating Interiors in Historic Buildings: Identifying and Preserving Character-defining Elements; Jandl, H. Ward.

19.        The Repair and Replacement of Historic Wooden Shingle Roofs; Park, Sharon C., AIA.

20.        The Preservation of Historic Barns; Auer, Michael J.

21.        Repairing Historic Flat Plaster – Walls and Ceilings; MacDonald, Marylee.

22.        The Preservation and Repair of Historic Stucco; Grimmer, Anne.

23.        Preserving Historic Ornamental Plaster; Flaherty, David.

24.        Heating, Ventilating, and Cooling Historic Buildings: Problems and Recommended Approaches; Park, Sharon, AIA.

25.        The Preservation of Historic Signs; Auer, Michael J.

26.        The Preservation and Repair of Historic Log Buildings; Bomberger, Bruce D.

27.        The Maintenance and Repair of Architectural Cast Iron; Waite, John G., AIA.

28.        Painting Historic Interiors; Chase, Sara B.

29.        The Repair, Replacement, and Maintenance of Historic Slate Roofs; Levine, Jeffry S.

30.        The Preservation and Repair of Historic Clay Tile Roofs; Grimmer, Anne E. and Paul K. Williams.

31.        Mothballing Historic Buildings; Park, Sharon C., AIA.

32.        Making Historic Properties Accessible; Jester, Thomas C. and Sharon C. Park, AIA.

33.        Preservation and Repair of Historic Stained and Leaded Glass; Vogel, Neal A. and Rolf Achilles.

34.        Applied Decoration for Historic Interiors – Preserving Composition Ornament; Thornton, Jonathan Thornton and William Adair, FAAR.

35.        Understanding Old Buildings: The Process of Architectural Investigation. Travis G. McDonald, Jr.

36.        Protecting Cultural Landscapes: planing, Treatment, and management of Historic Landscapes. Charles A. Birnbaum, ASLA.

37.        Appropriate methods of Reducing Lead-Paint Hazards in Historic Housing. Sharon C. Park, AIA, and Douglas C. Hicks.

38.        Removing Graffiti from Historic Masonry. Martin E. Weaver.

39.        Holding the Line: Controlling Unwanted moisture in Historic Buildings. Sharon C. Park AIA.

40.        Preserving Historic Ceramic Tiles Floors. Anne E. Grimmer and Kimberly A. Konrad.

41.        The Seismic Retrofit of Historic Buildings: Keeping Preservation in the Forefront. David W. Look, AIA, Terry Wong, PE, and Sylvia Rose Augustus.

42.        The Maintenance, Repair and Replacement of Historic Cast Stone. Richard Pieper.