Environmental Design Review

ARG’s Planning & History Group assists municipalities, government agencies, environmental planning consultants, developers, and private property owners in the environmental review process by completing historical resource evaluations and project-related design review, in a concise yet thorough manner. Private developers and public agencies frequently call upon ARG to review the design of proposed projects that include alteration of historic resources or substantial new construction near historic resources. Through this engagement, ARG develops specific and feasible recommendations that are designed to bring the proposed project into full conformance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and the Guidelines for the Treatment of Historic Buildings.

275 Brannan Street, Historic Resource Evaluation and Project Impact Assessment, San Francisco, CA
ARG assessed the significance and integrity of this historic warehouse, a contributor to San Francisco’s South End Historic District, and provided ongoing guidance (from conceptual design through the entitlement period) to the project architect to ensure that the transformation of the warehouse into a modern office building was consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.


5M Development, Historical Resources Technical Report, San Francisco, CA
Forest City Development Corporation retained ARG to prepare a historic resource evaluation (HRE) for a proposed development project at 5th and Mission Streets in San Francisco. The purpose of the HRE was to assess the historic significance and integrity of the site, which includes the 1924 San Francisco Chronicle Building, and to identify whether the proposed project would have potential impacts to historic resources.


Century Plaza Hotel, Historic Resource Assessment and Impacts Analysis, Los Angeles, CA
ARG was retained to assess the building’s potential eligibility for the California Register of Historical Resources and as a local Historic-Cultural Monument. Secondarily, ARG was asked to analyze the proposed hotel rehabilitation and assess the impact of adjacent, proposed new construction on the property.


Multnomah County Courthouse/Jefferson Station, Historic Resource Assesssment, Portland, OR
In association with SRG Partnership, ARG is working on the treatment of the exterior of Jefferson Station, which will be incorporated into the new Multnomah County Central Courthouse design. ARG authored an Historic Resource Assessment of Jefferson Station and performed an assessment of the building’s exterior, developing construction documents for repair and rehabilitation to retain the exterior character-defining features of the building.


Oregon State Capitol Renovation, Secretary’s Standards Compliance Assessment, Salem, OR
In association with SRG Partnership, ARG is providing historic architecture, preservation, and conservation services for the renovation of the Oregon State Capitol building. ARG’s preservation planning scope includes overseeing all communication with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to ensure the extensive modernization of the building does not compromise its historic character.


Oregon State Hospital Renovation Project, Secretary’s Standards Compliance Assessment, Salem, OR
ARG provided preservation planning, architectural, and conservation services throughout all phases of the Oregon State Hospital renovation project in Salem. ARG’s preservation planning services included leading the project through the City of Salem’s Historic Landmarks Commission review process.


Palo Alto Children’s Library, Section 106 Compliance, Palo Alto, CA
ARG completed a Historic Structure Report and Section 106 review for the building in 2004. The firm was subsequently retained as architect for the rehabilitation and expansion of the historic library. The Palo Alto Children’s Library was designed in the 1940s by Birge Clark, a significant architect in midcentury Palo Alto.


Piers 27-29 International Cruise Ship Terminal, Historical Resource Evaluation Report and Design Review, San Francisco, CA
ARG completed a historic resource evaluation of the Pier 27-29 complex, which was selected as the site of San Francisco’s new International Cruise Ship Terminal. In addition to the historic assessment, ARG evaluated the proposed Terminal project for conformance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.


Portland City Hall, Portland, OR

ARG assessed the stone cladding and roof of the historic Portland City Hall to develop construction documents and an efficient plan for sensitive rehabilitation. ARG’s scope includes oversight of communications between the project stakeholder and State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC) as necessary.

275 Brannan photo courtesy of Scott Hargis; Oregon State Hospital photography by Josh Partee; Pier 27 and Palo Alto Children’s Library photography by Takashi Fukuda. All other photography by Architectural Resources Group