Buildings and Grounds Maintenance

Historic Buildings

The Minnesota Historical Society published this Historic Housekeeping Manual in 2000, but its recommendations for a regular schedule of housekeeping, and its instructions for simple, common-sense procedures, are still excellent.

The Save America’s Windows blog by John Leeke provides a video series from minor to major window repair work.  This video on Sash Spot Painting is helpful for minor repairs.  There is also a forum to address organizing a window project, surveying and documenting windows, and window assessment.

From the Northeast Museum Services Center, here is a series on housekeeping for historic sites.


Wondering what to do with those beautiful but needy historic trees on your property? Check out this video from students in the University of Delaware’s Longwood Graduate Program in Public Horticulture that will give you a few tips on how to care for your historic trees. For more information and for links in this video, download More Information on Historic Trees (pdf).

The Garden Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing America’s outstanding gardens. They offer programming on preservation services, garden-study tours, educational programs, and an Open Days Program.

This paper, titled “The Conservation of Historical Gardens in Multidisciplinary Context,” offers a case study on the restoration of an historic garden in Brazil. The paper discusses how conservation of the Burle Marx garden was done across numerous disciplines while also involving and educating residents and tourists.