Deborah Slaton



Deborah Slaton specializes in historic preservation and materials conservation. She has served as project historian and principal investigator for numerous historic structures, sites, monuments, museums, and other institutions, including historical and technical research, development of preservation and repair documents, and problem-solving for archaic and modern materials. She has served as principal author of numerous investigation and preservation reports, conservation studies, Historic Structures Reports, Cultural Landscape Reports, and HABS/HAER documentation projects for numerous National Register-listed properties and National Historic Landmarks, and as author or coauthor of numerous National Register nominations and related documentation projects. She meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards for architectural history and history.

Ms. Slaton has published and lectured extensively on preservation technology and materials conservation. She is the editor of the proceedings of several national preservation conferences, author of National Park Service Preservation Brief No. 43: Preparation and Use of Historic Structure Reports, and co-author of Preservation Brief No. 15: Preservation of Historic Concrete.

  • Battery Cullum-Sevier, Battery Langdon, and Battery 234 CFS/BCS Tower - Fort Pickens, Gulf Islands National Seashore, FL: Historic Structure Reports, National Register nomination
  • Chagall Mosaic Les Quatre Saisons - Chicago IL: Condition assessment, cleaning, and restoration of public art mosaic
  • Everglades National Park - FL (various sites): Cultural Landscape Inventories and Historic Structures Reports; National Register nomination
  • Fort Pulaski, Battery Hambright, and Mission 66 Visitor Center, Fort Pulaski National Monument - Savannah, GA - Historic Structure Reports and treatment recommendations
  • Mammoth Cave National Park - KY: Historic Structure Report, Cultural Landscape Reports, and National Register additional documentation
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, NY: Preservation consulting for exterior stone restoration and repair
  • Miami Marine Stadium - Miami, FL: Investigation and repair and cleaning design for modern historic concrete stadium
  • Milwaukee Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse - WI: Exterior repair and restoration of granite facades of historic landmark; Historic Structure Report
  • Monument Plaza, Hoover Dam - Boulder City, NV: Research, analysis, treatment recommendations, environmental assessment and FONSI, maintenance plan, and restoration documents
  • New York Public Library - New York, NY: Preservation consulting for exterior stone restoration and repair
  • North Shore Congregation Israel - Glencoe, IL: Investigation and assessment of architectural precast concrete, development of repair documents, and construction period services
  • Picasso Sculpture (“Untitled”) - Chicago, IL: Cleaning and restoration consultation for modern landmark sculpture
  • San Juan National Historic Site - San Juan, PR: Historic Structure Report and Cultural Landscape Reports, including recommendations for historic stone walls and masonry structures
  • Salk Institute - La Jolla, CA: Conservation Master Plan; exterior restoration and cleaning for facades of modern concrete, teak, and stone modern historic landmark
  • Wyoming Monuments Study: Conservation and cleaning study and recommendations for monuments and markers statewide


  • Excellence in Preservation Service Award, University of Georgia Historic Preservation Master Plan, The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, 2020
  • Society of Architectural Historians Award for Preservation Advocacy and Stewardship of the Building Environment, 2018
  • Preservation Design Award, “Salk Institute for Biological Studies Conservation Management Plan,” California Preservation Foundation, October 2017
Professional Affiliations

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
Association for Preservation Technology International, fellow
Historic Preservation Education Foundation, director
Society of Architectural Historians, Heritage Conservation Committee


Northwestern University
Bachelor of Arts, Art History, 1975

University of Illinois at Chicago
Master of Arts, English, Program for Writers, 1976

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Master of Architecture, Architectural Engineering, 1982