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For over forty years, Chambers, Murphy & Burge Restoration Architects (formerly Chambers and Chambers Architects) has assisted those who have been given the responsibility of caring for historic properties through Restoration, Adaptive Re-use and Cyclical Maintenance.

Chambers, Murphy & Burge Restoration Architects has extensive restoration and renovation experience, providing design and project management for a wide range of projects. In addition to historical research and technical specifications, Chambers, Murphy & Burge Restoration Architects is experienced in working with special materials such as integrally colored plaster, tile mosaics, decorative bronze work, stained glass, and tile roofing. Historic Structures Reports, National Register Nominations, and historic tax Act Certifications form a significant part of the firm.

Each project is carefully approached with a detailed and carefully considered plan for restoration and construction processes needed to complete the services required. Determination of Historic Significance is first priority before any work can begin on a project. It is determined whether the building is listed or is eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Buildings listed on the Register are part of an elite group of historic structures that have been deemed historically significant by the National Park Service. Along with this important status comes a responsibility for the owners of these properties to be good stewards. It is the job of Chambers, Murphy & Burge Restoration Architects to facilitate this good stewardship. In many cases these historically significant structures no longer serve their original use or need to be updated to meet modern needs. In these situations creative design solutions must be implemented to update these structures while preserving their important historic elements. This involves careful consideration of building code and accessibility requirements, while using “the Secretary of the Interior’s standards for the Treatment of historic Properties”. These Standards are the measure by which the National Parks Service determines a properly executed restoration.

Chambers, Murphy & Burge Restoration Architects utilizes the most current technology in completing the specific needs of each project. Our staff is very adept at using on-line resources, computer aided drafting programs and modern software enabling accurate depiction of rectified photography for existing conditions, as well as a Borescope for non-destructive exploration in inaccessible areas and Binocular Microscopes and the Munsell Chroma system for color identification.

Lauren Pinney Burge, AIA
Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA