Archaeological Surveys a Critical Component of Project Planning

May 14, 2018 § Leave a comment


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R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc.

With offices in Louisiana, Maryland, Kansas, New Mexico and Connecticut, R. Christopher Goodwin, PhD, is a respected presence in the archaeology field. The company undertakes assignments for federally regulated projects with diverse compliance factors in play. The due diligence work of Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin involves surveys of historical and cultural sites that could potentially be impacted by proposed projects. These include cemeteries and Native American sites.

Dr. Goodwin’s firm helps clients obtain permits from agencies such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the Bureau of Land Management. As he describes it, his firm is often called in to look at projects where “a line on a map from point A to point B” has been drawn, without proper feasibility or due diligence planning.

His firm’s services are particularly in demand in tandem with the planning and construction of pipelines that often span hundreds of miles and diverse jurisdictions, with a variety of historic preservation considerations at play. Most pipelines are federally-regulated or permitted. But in a number of cases, even builders of non-regulated pipelines have called in R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc., to perform cultural resources surveys to avoid important American heritage sites and prevent delays during construction. That work, according to Dr. Goodwin, acts as an “insurance policy” against future issues and encumbrances.

Historic Survey for Glenbrook Neighborhood after Superstorm Sandy

January 31, 2018 § Leave a comment


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R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc.

 R. Christopher Goodwin, PhD, assisted the city of Clinton, Connecticut, with disaster planning efforts after 2012’s Superstorm Sandy. Having worked throughout the country on a range of preservation projects, Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin is skilled at helping property owners achieve maximum protection for the historic properties they own.

As part of the Sandy relief effort, the National Park Service funded a survey of The Cove neighborhood in Glenbrook, Connecticut. Dr. Goodwin’s firm conducted the survey of approximately 550 buildings between the boundaries of Route 1, Weed Avenue, Seaside Avenue, and Cove Road. One focus of the survey was telling the story of The Cove neighborhood, how it developed, and who resided there, for historic and cultural preservation purposes.

Another purpose of the survey is to start the process of listing eligible historic properties on the National Register of Historic Places and/or state historic registers. Benefits for registered properties include tax credits for future renovations of the property. The information collected during the survey also will be used to help assess future storm damage and increase the availability of restoration funds after a disaster.

Archeological Firm Helps Document Connecticut Cemeteries

September 27, 2017 § Leave a comment

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R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates

A leading authority on the subjects of terrestrial and nautical archaeology and historic preservation, R. Christopher Goodwin, PhD, serves as research director and CEO of R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. The firm maintains offices in several states, including its office in Chester, Connecticut. The Goodwin team conducts research and excavations nationwide. In 2016, Connecticut’s State Historic Preservation Office announced that Dr. Goodwin and his team were at work documenting state cemeteries of historic significance.

The cemetery documentation project is part of a larger effort to strengthen the resiliency of Connecticut’s coastal historic properties and coastline communities; it is funded through the state’s Hurricane Sandy disaster relief mandate. Its components include the development of a mobile app to help document historic cemeteries and a research guide that provides information on how to research and select methods for preserving tombstone art.

The project also has provided the necessary documentation for nominating multiple cemeteries for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and the Connecticut State Register. In order to achieve an NRHP listing, a site must meet the specific criteria for eligibility for the National Register, which require development of detailed documentation since most cemeteries are not NRHP eligible.

Connecticut has thousands of cemeteries, some of which are no more than small family plots. The artwork, tombs, and buildings in these cemeteries can reflect the flow of history in their landscape design, in their local importance and in their art and architecture.

The Protection of Connecticut’s Historical Resources

September 20, 2017 § Leave a comment


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Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office

Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin, who earned a PhD in archaeology, and the architectural historians working with him have assisted the residents of Clinton, Connecticut, with disaster planning efforts after Hurricane Sandy. During their 2016 historic preservation survey work in the area, specialists from Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin’s eponymous firm explained how better understanding and proper designation of historic properties can help owners obtain state and federal financial assistance should they experience damage from future natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy.

Clinton’s 2016 architectural survey of historic properties was administered by Connecticut’s State Historic Preservation Office following a federal grant of more than $8 million for disaster relief and historical preservation initiatives in Connecticut’s four coastal counties that were declared a federal disaster area after Hurricane Sandy.

Working with Connecticut’s 28 coastal municipalities, the Goodwin team focused on helping to update emergency preparedness plans – including hazard mitigation and recovery plans – to help these towns plan to protect at-risk cultural resources. Another phase of the work included additional surveys and inventories of historical sites in the coastal zone at risk from flooding, the nomination of new sites to the Connecticut and National Registers of Historic Places, the identification of historic structures and other properties like archaeological sites and historic landscapes that are most vulnerable to future storms and rising sea levels, and the development of Geographic Information System (GIS) planning map layers for each coastal town that identifies their historic properties with reference to future risk zones.

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