SHPO’s Historic Cemetery Documentation Project

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Early Pipeline Planning Is Critical to Minimizing Delays

February 20, 2018 § Leave a comment


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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin, holder of a PhD in archaeology, leads a preservation planning and archaeological and historical research firm that performs services nationwide. Although much of the work of R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates involves work performed directly for federal agencies, Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin also provides extensive planning and cultural resources permitting services for pipeline projects regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Services for energy projects begins with due diligence studies for avoiding impacts to historic properties, and thus subsequent lawsuits and entanglements. Such projects must abide by strict laws like the National historic Preservation Act, and can encounter complications if the construction project effects protected lands like archaeological sites and cemeteries, or if may they may pose impacts to sites of importance to Native American tribes. Clients can receive assistance from the Goodwin team with route planning (routing studies) to circumvent these issues.

In addition, R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates provides detailed on-the-ground assessments of proposed pipeline routes to identify potential preservation issues. Early planning and identification of preservation issues make the work in these areas easier and minimize both costs and the chances of delay.

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.

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