Historic Preservation

HRA’s historic preservation specialists work with clients from federal, state, and local entities as well as private organizations. HRA architectural historians and historians have worked with LEED-certified architects to demonstrate the contribution historic resources make to a sustainable environment, including restoration, rehabilitation, and preservation of historic resources to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Our specialists meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards and have extensive experience in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA, Section 106), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), state environmental policies and legislation regarding historic properties (SEPA, CEQA, etc.), and local policies and ordinances.

Our services include:

  • Reconnaissance- and intensive-level historic resources surveys
  • Cultural landscapes inventories and reports (CLI/CLR)
  • Photo documentation (including large format, film, and digital)
  • Historic context, significance, and integrity evaluations
  • Detailed descriptions of character-defining features
  • Interviews, video documentation and documentaries
  • Historic American Building Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscape Survey (HABS/HAER/HALS) documentation
  • National, state, and local register nominations
  • Historic structures reports (HSR)
  • Operations and maintenance guidelines and staff training
  • Agency consultation on avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures (when necessary) and design and preservation recommendations
  • Public outreach
  • Federal rehabilitation tax credit assistance
  • Design consultation

Featured Members

Featured Projects

Badger Pass Ski Area

HRA contributed to an Environmental Assessment (EA) for rehabilitation of a historic ski area in Yosemite National Park. The Badger Pass Ski Area was the first downhill skiing resort to be developed in California and rehabilitation of the buildings needed to take into account the historical aspects of the lodge and the surrounding landscape.

Baker River Hydroelectric HAER Recordation

HRA recorded to Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) Level II standard five contributing elements of the Baker Hydroelectric Historic District through large-format photography and a narrative report.

Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgic Superfund Site

Contracted since 2010 to Coeur D’Alene Trust (Trust), HRA has been assisting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in following its applicable or relevant and appropriate requirements in order to comply with the substance of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act as regards its cleanup actions at the Bunker Hill Superfund Site (BHSS) in Northern Idaho’s Silver Valley.

Fort Walla Walla ICRMP

HRA prepared an Integrated Cultural Resource Management Plan (ICRMP) for the Walla Walla VA Medical Center.

Olmsted Park Multiple Property Documentation

HRA completed a multiple property documentation (MPD) on the Seattle Olmsted Park System and a National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) nomination for Lake Washington Boulevard.

Cultural Resource Management

Facilitating Government-to-Government Consultation

HRA provides assistance and professional guidance to agencies and private clients in formal and informal tribal consultation and communication.

Federal/State/Local Compliance

HRA assists agencies and private sector clients with the successful navigation of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA); the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA);…


Through integration of GPS (Global Positioning System) and GIS (Geographic Information System) into our fieldwork and deliverables, HRA gathers and disseminates highly accurate…