Preservation Resources

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Historic Staunton Foundation maintains a preservation resource library for property owners who are researching the history of their property, or planning restoration or repair of historic features. Our offices are located on the 3rd floor of the R.R. Smith Center for History & Art and are open to the public, Monday through Friday from 9am – 5pm. We suggest that you make an appointment, although drop-ins are welcome. We suggest that 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

Facade Improvements files

Technical resources including Trust’s Preservation Briefs

Preservation periodicals including Old House Journal and Traditional Building


HSF Exterior Design Services

From mortar formulas to guides on restoring your historic windows, HSF is here to answer your questions. Contact Frank Strassler at [email protected] for an appointment.

While HSF does not typically offer exterior paint color assistance, we recommend the following books for assistance in selecting your Victorian color scheme.

These books are 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.