The Standards for Rehabilitation were followed in designing
the new Ely District office, located in a historic compound.
Historic facilities must often be altered to accommodate
modern uses, equipment, and technology. When carrying out any alterations,
Order 11593 requires us to follow the Secretary of the Interior's
Standards for Treatment
of Historic Properties , which address preservation, restoration, rehabilitation,
and reconstruction. These are standards on appropriate materials, features,
finishes, cleaning, repair, and other related concerns.
By following the Standards
for Rehabilitation , you can upgrade a facility without destroying
its historic integrity. These standards should also be used for additions
to historic facilities, as well as for new buildings in a historic district
You must complete the Section
106 Review when you plan to alter a historic facility. By using the
Secretary of the Interior's Standards, you can typically avoid a finding
of "adverse effect" and mitigation measures. This results in
a smoother, quicker review.
If you need to expend significant funds upgrading or remodeling a historic
facility, you must complete a Preliminary Project
Analysis , which includes analysis and reviews under NEPA and NHPA.