U.S. Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
The Guidelines are advisory, not regulatory.
The Standards are a series of concepts about maintaining, repairing, and replacing historic materials, as well as designing new additions or making alterations. The Guidelines offer general design and technical recommendations to assist in applying the Standards to a specific property. Together, they provide a framework and guidance for decision-making about work or changes to a historic property.
The Standards and Guidelines can be applied to historic properties of all types, materials, construction, sizes, and use. They include both the exterior and the interior and extend to a property’s landscape features, site, environment, as well as related new construction.
Federal agencies use the Standards and Guidelines in carrying out their historic preservation responsibilities. State and local officials use them in reviewing both Federal and nonfederal rehabilitation proposals. Historic district and planning commissions across the country use the Standards and Guidelines to guide their design review processes.
The Standards offer four distinct approaches to the treatment of historic properties—preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction with Guidelines for each.
The Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties are regulatory for all grant-in-aid projects assisted through the national Historic Preservation Fund.
Interpretation and Application of Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
This free eLearning course is designed by the State Office of Historic Preservation for historic preservation commissioners, planning staff, local government officials and anyone who want to better understand the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
This self-paced course consists of a brief navigation tutorial and 3 learning modules. We recommend that the modules be completed in sequence the first time through. Modules are self-paced and can be stopped midway and returned to at a later time.
Scripts for each of the modules may be printed out by clicking on Script links below.
Click on the link to launch the module:
Navigation Instructions Script (approx. time 4 minutes)
Module 1 - Introduction to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties Script (approx. time 15-20 minutes)
Module 2 - Understanding the Four Treatments for Historic Properties Script (approx. time
Module 3 - Interpretation and Application of the Standards for Rehabilitation Script (approx. time 30-35 minutes)
Compiled Script (Modules 1-3)