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Good Luck, Roy! Hardlines bids adieu to our senior historian

(by Andy Sewell, originally posted on July 17, 2012) After fifteen years with Hardlines Design Company, senior historian Roy Hampton has retired. Roy’s tenure with Hardlines was marked by several career highlights, including National Register nominations for Rockefeller Park in Cleveland and Wright Field at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, numerous ICRMPs for the U.S. Navy, […]

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Why We Have Dogs at Hardlines Design Company

(by Anne Lee, originally posted on April 11, 2012) A recent study on dogs in the workplace was published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management and subsequently reported on by the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17561272), who noted that “…access to dogs boosted morale and reduced stress levels, whether people had access to their own pets […]

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3 Questions to Ask about Needing a Cultural Resources Survey

(by Andy Sewell, originally posted March 29, 2012) One of the most common questions clients ask us is whether their project really needs a cultural resources survey. Determining if a cultural resources survey is necessary depends largely on whether a relevant federal, state, or local law applies to the project. That is to say, is […]

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Economic Impacts and Historic Preservation

(By Andy Sewell, originally posted March 15, 2012) The Southern Theatre in Columbus, Ohio, which also houses the Westin Hotel. The Southern Theatre opened in 1896 and was renovated in 1998 Historic preservation can be a very effective tool in strengthening communities, especially in a time of economic hardship and social change. The Advisory Council […]

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I Slept in a Wigwam

(by Maria Burkett, originally posted March 1, 2012) Route 66 is a treasure trove of American mid-century vernacular architecture. Many songs and movies have been made about traveling the historic route, which runs from Illinois to California. Built in 1926, the route has long passed its heyday, but it is still a bastion of culture […]

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Understanding a Shaker Shop with Historical Archaeology and Architecture

(by Andy Sewell, originally posted February 10, 2012) In 2005, Hardlines Design Company (HDC) was tasked by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to conduct a Phase III archaeological data recovery at the historic Shaker community of Union Village as part of the realignment of State Route 741 in Warren County, Ohio. The part of […]

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How Fast Can You Do That Cultural Resources Survey?

(originally posted January 27, 2012) Four things a client can do to speed up a survey before the contract is signed Quite often, when planning their cultural resources surveys (typically for compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act), our clients ask us, “How soon can you finish your survey?!” We’re always eager […]

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Researching Your Property

Part 1, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps (by Roy Hampton, originally posted January 12, 2012) If you’re interested in researching the history of an older building, you might be happy to find that quite a few free resources are available to you, both online and at local public libraries and government offices. One important source of […]

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Lincoln Theatre Wins the Recchie Award!

(by Charissa Durst, originally posted December 9, 2011) The Goldilocks Principle, or Third Time’s a Charm! The James B. Recchie Award was established in 1984 by the Columbus Landmarks Foundation to honor those who have made exceptional advances in historic preservation and urban design in the central Ohio area. Since previous projects that received the […]

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