Draeger donation to Building Technology Heritage Library

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Draeger donation to Building Technology Heritage Library“Jim Draeger, the Wisconsin State Historic Preservation Officer, donated hundreds of plan books from his personal collection to the online Building Technology Heritage Library,” said Mead & Hunt’s Angela Hronek. “His collection, and the whole library, are definitely worth checking out.”

The Building Technology Heritage Library is a collection of digitized pre-1964 architectural trade catalogs, technical building guides and house plan books from the United States and Canada.

Architectural catalogs, building guides and plan books are important primary sources for cultural resource professionals to document design and construction practices of the past. These materials, along with the application of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment for Historic Properties, aid in the  rehabilitation of historic buildings and structures.

Angela, who attended the Wisconsin State Historic Preservation Office’s annual Consultants Conference last Fall, brought back lots of useful resources for architectural historians. She also shared two interesting books co-authored by Draeger: Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin’s Historic Bars & Breweries and Fill ‘er Up: The Glory Days of Wisconsin Gas Stations.

Angela, an architectural historian with a background in museum education, is an integral member of the Mead & Hunt cultural resources team. She evaluates and interprets historic properties for many of our clients. She has worked with historic properties ranging from movable lift bridges to postwar residential neighborhoods in Wisconsin, Louisiana and Nevada.

I encourage you to follow Angela’s advice and check out the Building Technology Heritage Library. It’s a wealth of valuable information.


Christina Slattery

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Christina Slattery specializes in historic preservation of transportation and engineering structures. She evaluates the significance of properties ranging from missile defense systems to road corridors, and develops creative mitigation strategies for projects.

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