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Historic Preservation

DSEA has a deep respect for iconic and historic periods of architecture, with over 20 years of experience in historic preservation.

The elements of historic styles that stand the test of time include preserved features that represent how architecture responded to the socio-economic issues of the era in which they were designed and built. Quality design from then to now can be accomplished regardless of any circumstances surrounding the current project, whether they be economic restrictions, space and height limitations, trends of artistic expression, etc. It is important to preserve our historic heritage as we continue to learn from the past, and to best understand how to design our futures. In doing so, we can ensure these re-imagined structures will be as long-lasting as the historic styles that preceded us.

DSEA has thorough knowledge of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation and the guidelines that the US Department of the Interior published to qualify the intent of the standards. Doug Ely, Principal of DSEA, has experience in iconic periods of architectural design that includes the following:

  • Victorian (1886-1910)
  • Hip Roof Cottage (1904-11)
  • Craftsman (1909-18)
  • Bungalow Style (1910-29)
  • Spanish Colonial (1913-31)
  • Prairie (1916-21)
  • Mediterranean Revival (1920-35)

DSEA has also integrated Greene & Greene style (adapted from the forefathers of the early Craftsman movement) into a non-historic residence, and remodeled a contemporary residence into a Craftsman-influenced design. We also have the ability and innovative skills to blend historic elements and proportions into contemporary architecture, responding to current day modes of design. Together with long-lasting elements of the past, we continue to yield a sense of permanence for the future.

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