Deborah Slaton



Deborah Slaton specializes in historic preservation and materials conservation. She has completed investigation and preservation projects 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. Ms. Slaton has served as principal author of numerous investigation and preservation reports, conservation studies, Historic Structure Reports, Cultural Landscape Reports, HABS/HAER documentation projects, and National Register Nominations.

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

  • Buffalo and Erie County Conservatory - Buffalo, NY: Investigation and restoration consulting
  • Biloxi and Pensacola Lighthouses - Biloxi, MS, and Pensacola, FL: Condition assessment and historic preservation consulting
  • Cape Hatteras Lighthouse - NC: Historic Structure Report; preservation consulting during move
  • Cape Lookout Village and Portsmouth Village - Cape Lookout National Seashore, NC: Cultural Landscape Reports
  • Centre Street Bridge - Calgary, AL: Investigation and preservation consulting for lion kiosks
  • Gateway Arch, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial - St. Louis, MO: Historic Structure Report
  • Les Quatre Saisons - Chicago, IL: Restoration of Chagall mosaic
  • Logan Creek Bridge, Glacier National Park - MT: Preservation consulting
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, NY: Facade restoration and cleaning
  • Nicodemus National Historic Site - Nicodemus, KS: Historic Structure Report
  • Promontory Apartments - Chicago, IL: Restoration of concrete facade on modern landmark
  • St. Elizabeths West Campus - Washington, D.C.: Historic Structure Reports
  • University of Chicago - Chicago, IL: Repair study for historic windows and preservation guidelines for modern landmarks
  • Vicksburg National Military Park - Vicksburg, MS: Cultural Landscape Report
  • Wyoming Monuments Study: Conservation study and recommendations for monuments statewide
Professional Affiliations

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
Association for Preservation Technology International
Historic Preservation Education Foundation, vice president


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