Cornerstone Preservation dedicates itself to high quality architectural research and planning while working collaboratively with architects, engineers, contractors and building owners to breathe new life into existing historic structures.
The laying of the cornerstone to mark the origin of a building represents a statement of pride and hope, an expression to the future that proclaims, “look what I accomplished in my day!”
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Teamwork

The services we provide usually are part of a larger effort to restore an existing structure. Cornerstone Preservation works as a team-member with building owners and other specialists to establish a sound approach to the preservation of a historic building or site.

Services

Architectural and historical research
Architectural surveys
Grant writing
Section 106 compliance
National Historic Landmark nominations
Building surveys and inventories
Site evaluation
Preservation plans
Historic Structure Reports
Master planning

The successful collaboration of many was critical to the construction of our landmark buildings; the same holds true for maintaining and preserving them.
Reaching into the past to secure the future. . . . Knowledge of the forces that shaped a significant structure is crucial to its use and interpretation now and in years to come.

Wisconsin Historical Society Headquarters
Madison, Wisconsin

Services Provided

Architectural and historical research
Building survey and inventory
Preservation plan
Historic Structure Report

The Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) Headquarters was constructed between 1897 and 1914 on the eastern edge of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The recently completed Historic Structure Report on the Reading Room and its adjoining spaces provides pertinent documentation and offers recommendations for the restoration and rehabilitation of these areas. To learn more about the society or its headquarters, please use the links provided.

Wisconsin Historical Society About the Wisconsin Historical Society Headquarters

Olin House, University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin

Services Provided

Architectural and historical research

The University of Wisconsin recently completed the restoration and rehabilitation of Olin House, which was built as a private residence in 1911, and currently functions as the UW-Madison Chancellor's home. As a sub-consultant to Architecture Network, Inc. of Madison, Cornerstone Preservation undertook historical research, which led to the identification of original features and an understanding of modifications that occurred over time. Cornerstone Preservation also prepared a written project overview, which included a historical narrative, preservation plan and summary of the work completed for the review of the Wisconsin SHPO.

The link provided leads to an article published by the UW before the project began. The piece states its intentions for the work.

"Historic Olin House set for renovation"

Fox River Navigational Locks
Appleton, Wisconsin

Services Provided

Architectural and historical research
Site evaluation
Preservation plan

The historic locks are being restored under the direction of the Fox River Navigational System Authority, a body that functions as a state agency with its membership appointed by the Governor of Wisconsin. Work on the four Appleton locks was completed in 2006; restoration efforts currently are underway at Cedars Lock, which is located downstream from Appleton near the village of Little Chute. To read an excerpt from the report on the restoration and rehabilitation of the Appleton locks, please click on the following link.

Excerpt from report on Appleton Locks 1 through 4

Unitarian Meeting House
Shorewood Hills, Wisconsin

Services Provided

Architectural and historical research
Grant writing
National Historic Landmark nomination
Building survey and inventory
Site evaluation
Preservation plan
Historic Structure Report

The Unitarian Meeting House was named a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service on August 18, 2004. The Park Service offers the Meeting House nomination as a “sample nomination” on its website. Please use the link provided to view.

The First Unitarian Society Meeting House National Historic Landmark nomination

Taliesin
Spring Green, Wisconsin

Services Provided

Architectural and historical research
Building survey and inventory (Tan-y-deri)
Preservation plan (Tan-y-deri)
Historic Structure Report (Tan-y-deri)
Master planning

Taliesin Preservation, Inc. (TPI) oversees the care and maintenance of Wright’s former residence and workplace near Spring Green, WI. To learn more about preservation activities at Taliesin, please visit TPI’s website.

Talesin Preservation Inc.

Wisconsin State Capitol
Madison, Wisconsin

Services Provided

Architectural and historical research
National Historic Landmark nomination
Building survey and inventory
Preservation plan
Historic Structure Report

Please view the Wisconsin State Capitol National Historic Landmark nomination or browse the entire six-volume Wisconsin State Capitol Historic Structure Report by clicking on the links below.

Wisconsin State Capital Historic Structure Report Wisconsin State Capital National Historic Landmark nomination

Idaho State Capitol
Boise, Idaho

Services Provided

Architectural and historical research
Preservation plan
Master planning

The Preservation Plan and the Master Plan for the Idaho State Capitol were completed in 2000. The restoration was put on hold in 2002, but work has resumed recently. For information about the Idaho State Capitol Preservation Plan, Master Plan and recent activities of the Idaho Capitol Commission, please click on the following link.

Idaho State Capitol Commission Idaho State Capitol Historical Overview

Time Capsule

A restorative effort is a truly significant event in the life of a building. We leave our mark on the site along with a record of how, when and why decisions were made. Through our work, we create a “time capsule” that becomes part of a building’s history.

In recent years, Cornerstone principal Anne Biebel has completed projects working with the owners and caretakers of these landmark sites:

Fox River Navigational Locks
Appleton, Wisconsin
Unitarian Meeting House
Shorewood Hills, Wisconsin
Taliesin
Spring Green, Wisconsin
Wisconsin State Capitol
Madison, Wisconsin

Contact

Cornerstone Preservation, LLC
2326 Center Street
P.O. Box 248
Cross Plains, WI 53528

608-798-0188

info@cornerstonepreservation.com
In planning for the preservation of a building or site, its cultural value is asserted. We give a nod back to our forebears as if to say, “We understand and appreciate your work.”