Lori Aument is a building conservation firm with over 20 years' experience consulting with architects and institutions on historical buildings and sites.
We help our clients to uncover the past and manage change in the present, so that we can share the stories that matter in the future. Our historic preservation approach is technically rigorous, but focused on finding practical solutions for success. We lead project planning and management for specialized heritage work, from pre-design to implementation. We also collaborate as an integrated member within larger design teams to help problem-solve issues involving historical buildings and sites. We have helped non-profit organizations and community groups, as well as major universities and government institutions. On every project, we seek to add lasting value to the site’s ongoing story.
We recognize that historical projects are complex, can be nuanced at times, and often require meeting the needs of multiple stakeholders. We customize our recommendations and communicate our proposed solutions clearly. Our collaborative attitude can help build consensus to ensure the project is a success in the eyes of all stakeholders.
We help clients uncover the past through historical research, site survey, materials assessment, and documentation to develop a greater understanding for the site. This information is used to manage change responsibly for historical buildings and sites. We produce planning documents to guide future changes, craft useful condition assessments, design smart repairs and maintenance strategies, create clear construction documents, and oversee quality work in the field.
We bring a unique passion for sharing the stories found in historical buildings and sites. We see every project as an opportunity to become part of a site’s future narrative. Our founder, Lori Aument, is also the creator, researcher, and host of the Found in Philadelphia podcast, a show about Philadelphia, its history, and why the past matters today.
L.R. Aument, LLC provides consulting services for the survey, assessment, documentation, and repair of existing buildings and historic sites. Lori Aument, owner and building conservator, brings over ten years of practical experience to assist clients with the planning and execution of projects involving older building systems and materials. She helps clients understand the history and current condition of the building or site in order to meet project goals on budget.
Her approach is holistic, practical, and effective. She analyzes the many impacts on existing buildings and historic sites to determine the underlying causes of deterioration and to develop the most appropriate solutions. The results of this analysis are provided in the best format to move the project forward, including reports, graphics, or technical drawings and specifications. Most importantly, Lori has experience with the implementation of these solutions during construction, working closely with the client, design team, and contractor.
Services can be customized to meet the demands of projects both large and small. Lori has experience working within design teams on large-scale projects and has crafted phased plans tailored to work with limited budgets that rely on grant funding and capital campaigns. She can also help guide projects through the necessary historic reviews required.
The types of products produced by L.R. Aument can vary based on your needs and budget.
• Condition Assessment Reports
• Feasibility Studies
• Materials Testing and Monitoring Reports
• National Register Nominations
• Historic Structures Reports (HSRs)
• Preservation Master Plan and Guideline Reports
• Section 106 Documentation, including historic resource surveys,
• Explanatory graphics, including sketches, drawings, timelines, details, etc.
• Construction Documentation, including technical drawings and specifications
• Construction Administration Documentation, including submittals and RFI responses, construction field reports, meeting minutes, and punch lists
Baltimore City Historic Preservation Procedures and Design Guidelines, Baltimore City Commission for Historical & Architectural Preservation, Baltimore, Maryland *
Bartram’s Mile Historical Impact Assessment, City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bingham Court Design Guidelines, Bingham Court Homeowners Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania *
Bradford County Courthouse Interior Dome Conservation, Bradford County, Towanda, Pennsylvania *
Camden Station and B&O Warehouse Condition Assessment & Construction Documentation, Maryland Stadium Authority, Baltimore, Maryland *
Rosen House Estate Preservation Plan & Masonry Restoration, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah, New York
Cedar Hill Cemetery Preservation Plan, City of Suffolk, Cedar Hill Cemetery Preservation Plan, Suffolk, Virginia *
Clarke House Historic Structure Report & Emergency Stabilization, Princeton Battlefield Society, Princeton, New Jersey *
Clemson University Preservation Master Plan, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina *
Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse Paint Analysis & Construction Documentation,Delaware River & Bay Authority, Cape Henlopen, Lewes, Delaware *
Fort Hancock Mess Hall Building #58 Historic Structure Report, National Park Service Gateway National Recreation Area Sandy Hook Unit, Monmouth County, New Jersey *
Franklin Field Masonry Restoration, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania *
Gruber Wagon Works Preservation, County of Berks, Reading, Pennsylvania *
Heller Barn Ruin Masonry Stabilization, Saucon Valley Conservancy, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania *
Plays & Players Theatre Conceptual Master Plan for Renovation & Ongoing Preservation Assistance, Plays & Players Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Rockwood Museum Conservatory Condition Assessment & Construction Documentation, Friends of Rockwood, Rockwood Museum Conservatory, Wilmington, Delaware *
Strawbridge’s Building Multiple Exterior Envelope Repairs, Pennsylvania Real Estate & Investment Trust, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania *
Tuttle Federal Courthouse Historic Building Preservation Plan,General Services Administration & US Court of Appeals, Atlanta, Georgia *
* Projects completed with John Milner Associates, Inc.