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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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The Hardlines Design Company Story Part 3 – Architecture, History, and Archaeology

(by Charissa Durst, originally published November 30, 2011) Why do we offer architecture, history, and archaeology under one roof? The tripartite structure of Hardlines was a natural outgrowth and evolution of the overlapping talents and interests of Don and myself, shaped over time through opportunity, hard work, and a little bit of serendipity. In the […]

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The Hardlines Design Company Story Part 2 – Our Name

(by Charissa Durst, originally posted November 8, 2011) Where did the name “Hardlines” originate? Back in the 1980s, after Don Durst and I had successfully completed several projects together at the University of Maryland, we started to joke about starting a firm. Don suggested something using our last names, like “Durst and Wang,” which prompted […]

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The Hardlines Design Company Story Part 1 – Our Beginnings

(by Charissa Durst, originally published October 20, 2011) Everyone knows that garages are the birthplace of many a great company, and although Hardlines didn’t actually start in a garage, you could say a garage is what started it all! The company was founded by Don Durst and me (then Charissa Wang), who met as undergraduates […]

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Welcome

(originally posted October 20, 2011) Welcome to the Hardlines Design Company Blog! Welcome to our blog! Blogging is a new venture for Hardlines Design Company, part of a new direction we are using to reach out to our clients, our colleagues, and the public at large. We plan to use this space to share news […]

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What’s New Fall 2016

This Fall’s edition of What’s New highlights the company’s big move, showcases a rehabilitation project and a HABS project, and a new video offering featuring Donut. Hardlines Design Company Sells Cultural Resources Division to Commonwealth Heritage Group On April 11, 2016, HDC decided to divest itself of the cultural resources department in order to focus […]

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