Service: Historic Resource Documentation

CPG helps property owners and developers, organizations, institutions, and government agencies document historic resources through research, architectural survey, community engagement, and oral history. This work can result in projects involving National Register Nominations, reports, transcriptions, and review and compliance mitigation.


Related Services and Example Projects

National Register Nominations

CPG assists clients seeking to list a property in the National Register of Historic Places with the preparation of a nomination, including supporting documentation, and navigation of the process with the State Historic Preservation Office. 

Vint Hill Farms Station Historic District 

Downtown Norfolk Financial Historic District 


Architectural Survey

CPG’s architectural survey services include both reconnaissance and intensive level, and may be employed for purposes such as National Register or Local Historic Districts, community-wide survey and planning, or environmental review and compliance. 

Warrenton Historic District Survey Update and Expansion 

Campostella Heights Survey & Historic District Preliminary Information Form

Community Engagement

Community engagement is often at the foundation of CPG’s project design. Community engagement takes many forms and can involve public meetings, online surveys, interviews, open houses, or workshops. We with the client to develop an engagement plan that meets the needs and budget of a specific project.

Chesapeake Mapping Initiative: Documenting Chesapeake Watershed Sites and Landscapes Important to African Americans

Oral Histories and Community History Days

Oral history is an important element of historic documentation that gives life and depth to our projects. Oral history interviews and digitization of community-owned memorabilia and historical documents helps fill research gaps and can offer a more complete history of a place or community.

The Norfolk Fire Department Station No. 12, Norfolk, VA 

St. Paul’s College Historic District Update and History Day

Building Documentation and Scanning

This suite of services represents a broad range of efforts including historic resource photography, HABS/HAER documentation, and full scale resource digital scanning to developing full preservation plans, historic structures reports, or review and compliance mitigation packages. CPG is proud to offer its digital scanning services through the use of our Matterport scanner. 

University of Mary Washington’s Marshall Hall and Russell Hall 

Newport News Redevelopment & Housing Authority’s Marshall Courts 

Mitigation for Section 106/Environmental Compliance

When federal permitting or undertakings trigger compliance with environmental regulations, CPG assists property owners to evaluate compliance obligations and negotiate any required mitigation. CPG can also complete mitigation work on behalf of our clients. Potential projects range in complexity and may include architectural survey, historic structure reports, and/or HABS/HAER documentation.

Richmond Redevelopment Housing Authority Big 6 Public Housing Architectural Survey and Historic Context Report, Richmond, VA 

Drydock 4, Portsmouth, VA