The Preservation Research Office (PRO) works at the intersection of architectural history and cultural memory. We are fact-finders and storytellers. Our projects have drawn people not only to better steward and appreciate historic architecture, but also to recognize the inherent social capital of places and buildings.
PRO has specialized in historic urban neighborhood and landscape preservation. Among our larger projects have been surveys, historic district designations and public history projects in distressed neighborhoods that often have more vacant lots than buildings — but still tell important stories. Identifying, interpreting and preserving modern architecture is another strong focus of our work.
Since 2009, PRO has melded provision of professional services for historic preservation with robust public education in architectural history. PRO has aided city governments, homeowners, neighborhood associations, museums and developers with technical assistance and public program development centered on historic architecture. Most of PRO’s work has been in and around St. Louis, but PRO also has completed projects in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.
Michael R. Allen / Director and Architectural Historian
Phil Fargason / Project Associate
Lynn M. Josse / Affiliated Architectural Historian
Tia Shepard / Research Assistant
Olivia White / Research Assistant
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