There are architects that are Historic Preservation Architects and Architects that are not. There is a big difference and an important one, especially if you have an older building.
If you have an old building and you value its historic style and features but need some professional advise, consulting an architect may not be in the building’s best interest.
If you are concerned about the buildings historic integrity, maintaining its character, proportions and design, and achieving the best curb appeal, I would recommend the following.
Architect specializing in Historic Preservation
Historic Preservation Specialist – Consultant
Having a special building (or a building you want to be special) requires a specialist. Would you take your 90 year old grandmother to a general practitioner or a specialist for her health issues?
The Secretary of the Interior publishes standards to qualify an architect to be specialized. Read qualifications for a Historic Preservation Architect. Be sure the architect you hire is qualified. Make sure they have Federal Regulation 36-CFR-61 certification.
Where to find a specialist:
Contact your State Historic Preservation Office . They will have a listing of qualified professionals.