Historic Preservation

Washington Township Veterans Memorial Building | Photo by C├ęsar Rubio

  • Preservation
  • Restoration
  • Rehabilitation
  • Adaptive Reuse
  • New Design in Historic Context
  • Seismic Strengthening
  • Universal Access Design
  • Building Assessments
  • Building Relocation
  • Feasibility Analysis
  • Construction Administration


  • Master Planning
  • Historic Structures Reports
  • Historic Resource Evaluation
  • Design Guidelines
  • Local, State & National Register Nominations
  • HABS Documentation
  • Tax Credit Certifications
  • Mills Act Property Tax Abatement Program Application & Administration
  • Environmental Compliance Documentation
  • Historic Preservation Plans
  • Historical Research
  • Historic Context & Resource Surveys
  • Eligibility Determinations
  • Historic Preservation Ordinances


  • Conditions Assessment & Evaluation
  • Non-Destructive Materials Investigation
  • Repair and Maintenance Plans
  • Preservation & Maintenance Plans



Lindsey Moder, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Director of Historic Preservation, for more information.

AT SIEGEL & STRAIN ARCHITECTS, we believe the practice of historic preservation is a model way to document and preserve the cultural resources that tell the collective story of society. We also believe it is an important sustainable strategy that adapts and reuses the natural resources embodied in existing buildings. Working with existing and historic buildings is complex: it is intertwined with decisions about how building components interact, and balancing competing project needs and priorities. It is never simply about whether a single building component is significant or worth saving. We analyze the unique conditions and challenges for each project, and work with our clients to determine the correct balance of preservation, sustainability, functionality, and cost-saving measures.

Siegel & Strain has led many historic preservation projects and consulted to other architects on many more. Our skill set ranges from evaluation and documentation of historic resources to adaptive reuse and rehabilitation of historic structures, backed by extensive experience with the specialized codes, standards, and review processes required for historically-significant buildings.


Julia Morgan Hall relocation.

Presidio Historic Building 643 materials investigation.
Blood-Woolley rehabilitation

Woolley & Blood houses relocated and rehabilitated.
UC Berkeley Bowles Hall

UC Berkeley Bowles Hall historic interiors consultant.


Highland Hospital campus documentation.
John Marsh House stabilization

John Marsh House stabilization.