Building Preservation Issues in Vermont:
Substitute Materials and Historic Buildings

Hotel Windham, Bellows Falls, VT

Hotel Windham lobby, Bellows Falls, VT
Photo by Sanders H. Milens

Increasingly, inauthentic substitute materials are available as replacements for character-defining features of historic properties. Below are a few resources to help you understand why or why not to use non-historic materials in your preservation project.

The National Park Service Preservation Brief #16
The Use of Substitue Materials on Historic Buildings

The National Park Service Preservation Brief #8
Aluminum and Vinyl Siding on Historic Buildings – The Appropriateness of Substitute Materials for Resurfacing Historic Wood Frame Buildings

National Park Service, Technical Preservation Services
Evaluating Substitute Materials in Historic Buildings