Boston African American Historic District
HHM is preparing a National Register district nomination for Boston African American National Historic Site (BOAF) on Beacon Hill in Boston, Massachusetts. BOAF is a currently listed district comprised of 16 individual resources that are on the Black Heritage Trail® and also contributing resources to other NR-listed districts. HHM surveyed 16 domestic, educational, religious, and commemorative resources and assessed the district’s cultural landscape as well as the surrounding context. To create a comprehensive history of the district HHM undertook archival research to determine the historical development of the neighborhood and to identify appropriate architectural themes and historic contexts. HHM assessed the district within the framework of existing national and local designations and within the previously explored contexts such as the Underground Railroad. HHM historians and architectural historians investigated areas of significance including pre-Civil War African American settlement on the North Slope of Beacon Hill, the impact of the abolition movement and Underground Railroad in the community, the role of educational and religious institutions in the African American community, and commemoration of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment.
Historic Furnishings Report for Hampton National Historic Site
As the team leader, HHM is currently undertaking a two‐phased project to complete a Historic Furnishings Report (HFR) Historical Data and Implementation Plan for five spaces in Hampton Mansion. These spaces include the Northeast/Children’s Bedchamber, Guest Bedchamber, Kitchen, Great Hall, and First and Second Floor Stair Halls. Hampton Mansion sits upon an industrial and agricultural estate that formerly encompassed 24,000 acres of land, with links to the Ridgely family, a politically prominent Maryland family from the Revolutionary War through the mid‐twentieth century. Components of the HFR include lists of furnishings and working drawing as well as guidelines for interpretation. Based on in‐depth archival research, the work includes recognition and interpretation of the lives and work of enslaved individuals and servants at Hampton.
Historic Texas Highways
Meridian Highway, Burkburnett to Galveston and Laredo
Bankhead Highway, Texarkana to El Paso
Following the completion of the Texas Historical Commission’s inaugural project of the Texas Historic Roads and Highway Program – The Development of Highways in Texas: A Historic Context of the Bankhead Highway and Other Historic Named Highways – HHM was awarded the program’s second project – The Meridian Highway through Texas. For these projects, HHM conducted research on the history of the highways and completed historic contexts for each. HHM’s GIS team used historic maps and guidebooks to map the route of the historic highways through the state. HHM’s team of professional architectural historians followed these routes, documenting highway‐related resources along the way using digital survey tablets.
Thematic Contexts for Mining, Timber, and Rural Farmsteading
Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri
HHM prepared three thematic historic contexts; Mining, Timber and Rural Farmsteading, for the United States Department of Agriculture–Forest Service, Mark Twain National Forest. The thematic contexts included narratives of the historic development of mining, timber and farmsteading activities in the Missouri Ozarks, a property type analysis of historic resources, and a National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) evaluation framework relevant to each theme. The historic contexts incorporated numerous historical themes pertaining to the evolution of mining, timber and farmsteading in the region. The property type analysis included typologies which provided a historical structure to the evolution of property types. The section also included photographs detailing property types as they would appear today in a forest setting. Finally, the NRHP evaluation framework, or registration requirements, included evaluation criteria as well as significance and integrity discussions related to each historic theme. The final report provides Mark Twain National Forest cultural resource staff with a valuable tool to guide future NRHP-eligibility evaluations for historic resources associated with mining, timber and farmsteading.
Historic Resources Survey of East Austin
HHM completed a comprehensive historic resources survey of East Austin for the City of Austin. 6,600 resources were documented in the survey including single- and multi-family housing, commercial, religious, industrial, and recreational sites. Survey crews used digital tablets to document resources in the field. HHM also conducted in-depth archival research and conducted multiple oral histories in order to complete both a citywide historic context and a historic context for East Austin. HHM assessed resources for both City of Austin landmark eligibility and NRHP-eligibility, and also assessed areas for historic district eligibility. Working with the City of Austin, HHM conducted and participated in public outreach meetings throughout the duration of the project.
Data and reports available with the City of Austin:
East Austin Historical Survey
Lyndon Baines Johnson National Historical Park (LYJO)
HHM provided a Combined Historic Structure and Historic Furnishings Report for the Secret Service Command Post, a Historic Structure Report for the Aides and Communications Complex and a Historic Furnishings Report for the working Show Barn at the Ranch Unit of LYJO.
The Historic Structure Report provides a management summary, developmental history, proposals for treatment and use, and documentation of the physical structures related to the Aides and Communications Complex
The Historic Furnishings Report contains a written narrative of the building’s interiors based on research. It recommends the location and placement of furnishings, objects, and equipment including those from the LYJO collection and those that would need to be acquired. Additionally it provides direction for the restoration of historic finishes and systems, and offers suggestions for interpretation, operation, security, and accessibility.
VA Medical Center Historic District Design Guidelines
San Francisco, California
HHM worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs to develop a set of Historic District Design Guidelines to guide future development on the campus of their San Francisco Medical Center, a portion of which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District. These design guidelines have been produced to facilitate smooth and efficient review of new construction projects that are designed to sustain and enhance the Department of Veterans Affairs' ability to fulfill its medical mission. The guidelines interpret the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and apply them to the unique historic features within the SFVAMC Historic District.
Fischer National Register Historic District
Fischer, Comal County, Texas
HHM completed a National Register nomination for the Fischer Historic District in Comal County, Texas. The historic district contains over 100 resources associated with the small rural agricultural community of Fischer in northern Comal County. HHM surveyed agricultural complexes, residences, commercial resources, and assessed the district’s cultural landscape. All resources within the district were photographed and mapped. HHM performed in-depth historical research; gathering historic maps, photographs, newspaper articles, and family histories. The nomination officially listed in the National Register in 2017.
Lost Bayou National Register Historic District
HHM completed a National Register nomination for the Lost Bayou Historic District in Galveston, Texas. The historic district contains over 500 resources associated with the residential and commercial development of the neighborhood. Comprised largely of single-family residences, the historic district also contains several religious and commercial resources. HHM surveyed, inventoried, photographed, and mapped all the resources within the district. HHM performed in-depth historical research in its efforts to provide a detailed description of the historic district’s evolution and significance. The historic district was officially listed in the National Register in 2017.
A Guide to Architecture and Engineering Firms of the Cold War Era
Department of Defense, Legacy Program
A Guide to Architecture and Engineering Firms of the Cold War Era describes the role and makeup of key A/E firms during the Cold War. The project aims to inform evaluation of NRHP eligibility under Criterion C, the evaluation required by Sections 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The report provides a biographical narrative and catalog of each selected firm’s military work, demonstrating the range of commissions for custom-designed singular buildings. As a result, the project provides a necessary resource to aid NRHP evaluation efforts for Cold War era military construction.
The project focuses on custom-designed resources constructed during the Cold War period (1946–1989). The final document provides the framework for future NRHP-eligibility assessments and evaluations for significance of architect- and engineer-designed buildings on Department of Defense (DoD) installations. By highlighting and examining the roles of these firms during the Cold War, the project aids NRHP evaluations relating to Criterion C for properties that possess distinctive design/construction elements and represent the work of a prominent architect or engineer.
Overall, the intention of the project is to provide DoD with a useful tool in assessing the role of individual architectural and engineering firms during major building campaigns associated with the Cold War.
A Field Guide to Gas Stations in Texas: 2016 Update
Texas Department of Transportation
HHM completed an update to the 2003 A Field Guide to Gas Stations in Texas, originally prepared by W. Dwayne Jones. The updated field guide incorporates new features, including a company branding guide that provides graphic clues to identify, categorize, and evaluate gas stations. Other additions to the guide include a matrix that visually explores the evolution of gas stations by major oil companies over time, as well as showcasing the evolution of the retail gas station industry and new design aesthetics intended to make gas stations stand out along roadsides in some eras, but later made to blend in with surrounding residential areas in other years and periods. Finally, the updated guide includes an expanded registration requirements and FAQ section that helps cultural resource management professionals better understand significance and assess integrity for National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) evaluations.
Report available with the Texas Historical Commission:
A Field Guide to Gas Stations in Texas: 2016 Update