The Preservation Research Office (PRO) works at the intersection of architectural history and cultural memory.
PRO is a historic preservation and architectural research organization based in St. Louis, Missouri. From PRO’s founding in 2009, our projects have drawn people not only to understand and appreciate historic architecture, but also to recognize its inherent social capital.
Among our projects are client-based cultural resources management and architectural research work. This includes National Register of Historic Places nominations, collaborative public interest projects, educational and interpretive work for regional institutions, publication of the blog, Ecology of Absence, and start-up assistance with the physical preservation of historic buildings.
We also enjoy working with individuals and groups on unique historic preservation challenges. House histories, speaking engagements, and guided tours can be among our most rewarding work because we are able to engage with the community’s imagination and passion for preservation. See our services page for more information.
We selectively undertake research work outside of the St. Louis area. PRO has performed cultural resource work in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.
We also advocate for the preservation of historic architecture and policies that promote historic preservation and smart growth. However, our main activity is architectural and historical research that informs the actions of those who steward our built heritage.
Michael R. Allen / Architectural Historian and Director
Lindsey Derrington / Architectural Historian
Lynn M. Josse / Architectural Historian
Emily Kozlowski / Research Intern
Jacob McDaniel / Research Assistant
Laurel Morris / Research Intern
Tia Shepard / Research Assistant
Mark Specht / GIS Specialist