The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) has published The Los Angeles Historic Resource Survey Report, the document that laid the groundwork for SurveyLA.
The report, prepared by Kathryn Welch Howe, is the culmination of years of research by the GCI on "best practices" in historic resources survey work around the nation. It outlines a proposed structure for the citywide survey, details the importance of a citywide Historic Context Statement, discusses the need for rigorous criteria and evaluation methods, and underscores the value of a single, centralized survey database. The report also contains recommendations on communication and community engagement, funding of the survey, and linkages to historic preservation incentives.
As Timothy P. Whalen, Director of GCI, writes in the report foreword: "This report is perhaps best viewed as a road map through the often challenging procedural requirements and technical components of a survey undertaken on an enormous scale...This report is both a reference for the survey process and an indicator of the tools and best practices for accomplishing a survey."
GCI and the Office of Historic Resources hope that the report will prove useful to historic preservation professionals and to the general public in other communities undertaking historic resources surveys.
Due to the large size of the document, the report has been divided into three sections for posting.