ACRA Webinar: How to Improve your Descriptions of Historic House Interiors

  • 07/13/2023
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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  • Students who are ACRA members are eligible to receive our new student-only pricing. You MUST hold an ACRA student membership in order to qualify.


Many historic preservation programs train young professionals to prepare high quality descriptions of exteriors. Due to the steep learning curve of students who generally enter programs with no knowledge of historic architecture, academic training can fall short in training young professionals to describe historic interiors.

This presentation fills any gaps in training by providing an organized template to guide interior descriptions for any report type. From the perspective of owners or managers working in cultural resource firms, the presentation will promote high quality descriptions by your staff that will promote professionalism of your staff in addition to the satisfaction of clients, SHPO staff members, and reviewers from preservation entities (such as state preservation trusts or historical societies).

Note: This webinar will occur on Eastern Time


Seth Hinshaw, Senior Historian and Building Documentation Specialist with Richard Grubb & Associates, Inc.

Professor Hinshaw also teaches historic preservation at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. In his role as a historian the past quarter of a century, he has written 20 nominations for historic resources/districts resulting in their listing in the National Register of Historic Places or as a National Historic Landmark. He has further written or contributed to dozens of other documentation projects including Historic Structure Reports, Historic Resource Impact Studies, Historic American Building Survey documentation projects, and historic house reports. His primary publication is A Field Guide to American Residential Doors (2019), which documents the 300 most common types of doors found in the nation and provides a history of changes in door production the past three centuries.