National Park Service

National Park Service

Multiple Locations

Preserving the Future

The National Park Service is entrusted with the care of more than 400 parks, monuments, and memorials across the United States, each with its own unique story to tell. RATIO Design is privileged to have worked on numerous projects with several of the park system’s twelve regional offices. While the client and end user might vary project-by-project, the goal remains consistent to honor, protect, and celebrate history, and lay the foundation for residents and visitors to engage and participate for years to come.

National Park Service

With decades of experience and relationships, RATIO is often brought in early to investigate current conditions and to recommend restoration and preservation strategies, especially when a site is new to the park system and/or in need of repair. Recent projects include Jimmy Carter’s 1976 campaign headquarters in Plains, Georgia, and the Atlanta home of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, both completed with an interdisciplinary team of consultants serving the National Park Service’s southeast regional office.

RATIO’s role typically integrates research, design, and construction. A project’s early phases often result in detailed documents such as historic structure reports that help to illuminate a site’s past and guide the National Park Service in its future care. Even centuries-old sites can be thoroughly investigated, revealing unknown stories, and modern techniques such as laser scanning ensure that no harm is done as details are recorded. Then, armed with these details, later phases often include the complete restoration of a site’s structure and original architectural features.

Such intricate work can lead to broad impact, when history is uncovered and stories retold. Whole regions can be revitalized as residents gain a renewed sense of pride in their community and its legacy, and feel motivated to participate in its stewardship.

Cowpens National Battlefield

Gaffney, South Carolina

As preservation architect on an interdisciplinary team, RATIO documented current conditions and reviewed original documents in preparation of three Historic Structure Reports for Cowpens, providing a roadmap for ongoing preservation, maintenance, rehabilitation, restoration and interpretation of the Washington Light Infantry Monument and the associated Richard Scruggs II House Ruin & Martin Barn Foundation and the Robert Scruggs House.

San Juan National Historic Site

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Built in 1644 to protect San Juan harbor with crossfire, but abandoned since 1876, Fortín San Juan de la Cruz (El Cañuelo) was the least documented of San Juan historic fortifications. RATIO led efforts to document the site’s current form using laser scans, develop plans and elevation drawings depicting the building, investigate causes for its deterioration and make recommendations to ultimately guide its restoration.

George Rogers Clark Memorial

Vincennes, Indiana

This circular, domed, granite structure was built in the 1930s to commemorate an important victory in the American Revolution, and is the largest memorial of its kind west of Washington DC. Preserving the memorial and its picturesque site on the banks of the Wabash River required a focus on waterproofing and drainage, and on the correction of structural deficiencies that would restore the memorial to something more representative of its original design.

“These projects give us a unique opportunity to tell rich stories of history, and to teach.”

David Kroll, Principal and Director of Preservation, RATIO Design

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Site

Dayton, Ohio

After completing an Historic Structure Report for the house at 26 South Williams Street, RATIO produced design documents to convert the building into office space for the Aviation Heritage Foundation. The team also completed improvements to Wright-Dunbar Plaza and the Wright Brothers Cycle Shop, preserving key resources that tell the story of the birth of aviation.