HSF Preservation Workroom

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Historic Staunton Foundation’s Preservation Workroom is available for people researching the history of their property, planning a rehabilitation project, or repairing historic features.

HSF’s Preservation Workroom is on the first floor of the R.R. Smith Center for History & Art.

Please make an appointment to ensure HSF staff is available to help.  We also suggest you bring a digital camera for recording images.

Please contact [email protected] for an appointment or additional information.


Available Resources

Architectural inventories of all buildings in Staunton’s historic districts

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps:

Other historic maps of the city:

Historic photos of Staunton

Façade Improvements files

Technical resources including NPS Preservation Briefs

Preservation periodicals including Old House Journal and Traditional Building


HSF Building Treatment Recommendations

From mortar formulas that work well with your brick to guidance for maintaining your historic windows, HSF is here to answer your questions.

Contact Frank Strassler at [email protected] for an appointment.

When developing your paint scheme, HSF recommends the following books available at HSF and the Staunton Public Library.

Victorian Exterior Decoration: How to Paint Your Nineteenth-Century American House HistoricallyMoss, R., & Winkler, G. (1987).
Victorian Exterior Decoration: How to Paint Your Nineteenth-Century American House Historically.
New York: H. Holt.

Victorious Victorians: A Guide to the Major Architectural StylesSinclair, P., & Lewis, T. (1985).
Victorious Victorians: A Guide to the Major Architectural Styles.
New York: H. Holt.

Century of Color: Exterior Decoration for American Buildings, 1820-1920Moss, R. (1981).
Century of Color: Exterior Decoration for American Buildings, 1820-1920.
Watkins Glen, N.Y.: American Life Foundation.