The Trust architectural conservation staff offers a full complement of building restoration and preservation maintenance services. Our conservators possess the educational background that allows us to make sound preservation decisions based on an understanding of the building’s history and materials while balancing the financial needs of the client. Our award winning staff possess many years of experience preserving historic structures ranging from National Historic Landmarks to vernacular barns. Whether you are looking for conservation, project management or simple maintenance, the Trust should be your first call.
The Trust offers comprehensive services to identify causes of masonry deterioration, develop conservation strategy, and implement treatments. From stabilizing a weathered grave marker to developing appropriate mortar mixes for a re-pointing campaign, the Trust can help you solve masonry problems in the most sensitive possible way.
Most historic structures include a variety of wooden structural and decorative elements from windows and doors to roofs and framing systems. The Trust’s team applies a conservation approach that seeks to preserve original material wherever possible and, as necessary, create replacement elements to complement the old in form and species.
Restoring historic interiors requires a certain delicacy. Trust conservators have the experience, attention to detail and refined skills required to tackle the most intricate details. From early colonial to art deco, the trust will successfully execute your interior project.
Maintenance Planning & Implementation
A strong maintenance plan and implementation strategy will provide the tools you need to protect your preservation investment. The Trust identifies the client's maintenance needs, specifies materials and methods for maintenance, and provides comprehensive maintenance management and implementation services.
Successful restoration requires mating of similar materials. Consequently it is important to incorporate materials analysis into any project. Materials analysis, including interior and exterior finishes studies, as well as mortar/stucco and plaster analysis, can be key insights into your buildings construction history.
Large or small preservation projects can be overwhelming. The Trust has managed projects of all sizes for city agencies and non-profit organizations. We can apply our professional experience to help you define the scope of your project, manage the decision process, bid work, select contractors and oversee construction... from the conditions survey to the treatment report.
Public Art Conservation
Public art works and other outdoor sculpture require regular conservation to address preservation challenges that can range from skateboarding damage to graffiti. The Trust can apply its ten years experience conserving Philadelphia's public art to your challenges. Public art services include conditions surveys, conservation treatments, graffiti removal and maintenance.
Research & Documentation
Historical research, building materials analysis and documentation of existing conditions provides a starting point to understand your building’s preservation challenges. The Trust’s range of documentation and research services includes conditions assessments, historic structure reports and National Register Nominations.