Marsh and Associates

Review for Consistency with the Secretary of the Interior’s
Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, 1995

LEFT: Berkeley Blood House; MIDDLE AND RIGHT: Benecia's Downtown Historic District

Promulgated by the United States Department of Interior, National Park Service, the “Standards” promote consistent preservation practices and are used to guide decisions related to any work on buildings, sites, structures, objects and historic district which are considered to cultural resources.

There are four distinct Standards, namely Preservation, Rehabilitation, Restoration and Reconstruction. All of the standards are interrelated and provide a framework for the review and treatment of historic properties. Most projects undertaken by property owners and project sponsors, both in the public and private sectors involve the implementation of the Rehabilitation Standard.

Rehabilitation is defined as the act or process of making possible a compatible use for a property through the repair, alterations and additions while preserving those portions or features which convey its historic, cultural or architectural values. An important aspect of the Review for Consistency with the “Standards” involves an analysis of the Integrity of a cultural resource. Integrity is the authenticity of an historical resource’s physical identity evidenced by the survival of characteristics that existed during the resource’s period of significance. Integrity is evaluated with regard to the retention of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association.

Marsh and Associates have been involved in a number of Rehabilitation Standard reviews, for projects that involving rehabilitation, new construction, alterations, removal of later additions and/or partial demolition of a cultural resource under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966.

Projects in the recent past have included the review of six development approvals by the City of Benicia, all located within Benicia’s Downtown Historic Conservation District; peer review of an Architectural Resources Group (ARG) Historical Resources Assessment for a Embarcadero Hotel project located within the Northeast Waterfront Historic District. Additionally, Vincent Marsh conducted a Review for Consistency with the “Standards” for Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) of a proposed rehabilitation, adaptive reuse and new construction project for the Ellen Blood House located at 2526 Durant Avenue in Berkeley. CA and a major CEQA Review including a “Standards” review, abbreviated context statement and comprehensive survey for a private client in the 700 block of the Outer Richmond District.