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    ArchitectureWeek Notes No. 518
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    A new addition at the Arkansas Studies Institute (ASI), designed by Polk Stanley Rowland Curzon Porter Architects, combines with two older buildings — one from 1882 and another from 1914 — to form a single multipurpose facility. Photo: Timothy Hursley

    by ArchitectureWeek

    In an urban district of Little Rock along the Arkansas River, the Arkansas Studies Institute occupies a facility befitting the study of state history. Two neglected buildings from the 1880s and 1910s were repaired and combined with a new addition to form one consolidated facility that houses over ten million historic documents.

    Operated jointly by a regional public library and a university, the institute is one of five honorees in the 2011 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards, given jointly by the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association.

    Synergy for Arkansas History

    Designed by Polk Stanley Rowland Curzon Porter Architects (now Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects), the Arkansas Studies Institute provides space for research, collections storage, and exhibits in three interconnected buildings.

    At the east end of the row is the Porbeck & Bowman Building (1882), a structure of heavy timber and load-bearing brick masonry. To its west stands the Geyer & Adams Building (1914), a poured-concrete building with a brick facade. Over the years, the two structures had housed a variety of functions, including wholesale grocery distributors, a Jewish social hall, a coffee and spice company, and a print shop.   >>>



    In addition to documenting more conventional buildings, Historic Structure Reports (HSRs) can also cover non-building construction. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri combines qualities of both buildings and non-building structures.

    How to Write a Historic Structure Report
    by David Arbogast

    One could say — at least in a generic sense — that any report written about a historic structure could be considered a historic structure report. The term, however, has evolved over time, taking on a very specific and far more limited meaning. Here we take the reader through the typical structure and content of a Historic Structure Report (HSR) and, in doing so, demonstrate what makes the HSR distinct from other documents and important in its own right.

    It is worth beginning by asking the question, What is a "historic structure"? What, exactly, makes a structure "historic" rather than merely old? And are HSRs limited only to historic structures?

    Historical significance may, like beauty, be in the eye of the beholder, and various criteria and categories have been created to determine historical significance. For most structures aspiring to the lofty heights of historical significance, getting listed in the National Register of Historic Places settles the question.

    There are, however, structures that fail to meet the standards required for listing in the National Register, but are significant in other ways. Typically, these structures are of more recent vintage and thus not sufficiently old to qualify for the National Register. Nevertheless, Structure Reports for these buildings can be, and often are, crafted along the same lines as the HSR for the same type of historic structure, giving the HSR concept applicability beyond "historic structures."

    The earliest example of a formal Historic Structure Report was published in 1935 by Charles E. Peterson, Chief Historical Architect of the National Park Service. In the early 1930s, Peterson conducted an investigation of the Moore House, the site of the surrender at Yorktown, Virginia during the Revolutionary War. What constitutes an HSR has evolved and been refined over time — so much so, in fact, that the Moore House Historic Structure Report would no longer fit a close definition of what constitutes an HSR by many professionals. Nevertheless, Peterson's report is considered to be the seminal work in establishing the HSR as an important and useful tool for historic preservation.   >>>

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    Maya Lin, Frank Lloyd Wright, Thom Mayne, and Louis Kahn are each credited with two of the following quotes. Please identify which quotes go with which architect:

    A. Architecture is the reaching out for the truth.
    B. All my work is much more peaceful than I am.
    C. My buildings don't speak in words but by means of their own spaciousness.
    D. Descriptions of my work depress me. They make me feel pinned down.
    E. A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
    F. I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That's art to me.
    G. A great architect is not made by way of a brain nearly so much as he is made by way of a cultivated, enriched heart.
    H. Design is not making beauty; beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love.



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