In 1998 the State of Georgia passed the State Agency Historic Property Stewardship Program (Senate Bill 446), requiring state agencies identify significant cultural resources under their management and develop plans that give full consideration to the preservation, adaptive use and maintenance of these assets. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG), a state agency, delegated the responsibilities for complying with the Stewardship Program to the component institutions within the System. Georgia Tech responded by being the first institution to develop a Campus Historic Preservation Plan (CHPP) under the new program. Completed in 2001, Georgia Tech’s CHPP fulfilled the basic requirements of the program by addressing each of the seven fundamental State standards and was used to guide historic preservation activities on campus for the next several years. Georgia Tech’s leadership in this area was recognized by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Historic Preservation Division when, in 2001, the Institute was presented with a Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation Stewardship.
The following year, the Board of Regents (BOR) obtained a grant through the Getty Foundation’s Campus Heritage Program to develop guidelines for preparing Campus Historic Preservation Plans. The primary objective of the grant was to standardize the content and deliverables of the CHPPs so that the information gathered could better integrate with USG’s broader campus master planning processes.
In 2009, Georgia Tech initiated an effort to examine its historic preservation activities since the Stewardship Program was enacted. The first outcome of this examination was the decision to update the 2001 CHPP to capture new information resulting from property acquisitions and other physical changes to the campus and to develop a document that better complied with the more comprehensive requirements of the BOR’s newly created Campus Historic Preservation Plan Guidelines. A second outcome was the development of Georgia Tech’s “Guiding Principles for Campus Historic Preservation,” a series of six principles developed to ensure alignment between the CHPP and the Institute’s other planning documents.