Company Background and Abilities

We have been researching homes and businesses in Washington, D.C. since 1991, in addition to providing myriad historic preservation consultation services. We have undertaken projects on a case-by-case basis across the country. We are incorporated in the State of Delaware. Our services include:

  • Residential History
  • Commercial Building History
  • Historic Landmark Applications
  • National Register of Historic Places Applications
  • Family Genealogical Research and Investigations
  • Façade Easement Donation Applications (L'Enfant Trust and APHG only)
  • Owner representation for Historic District project review and alterations
  • Testimony at Historic Preservation Review Board hearings
  • Historic Districts; Survey, Public Outreach and Landmark Listing
  • Residential Restoration or Preservation Plans
  • Building Condition Plans Building Maintenance Plans
  • Hosting and Historic Services for Television programs
  • Grant Writing
  • Grant Project Management; Historic Signs, Brochures and Tours
  • Historic Home Awards Applications
  • Historic House Promotio

The Principal: Paul Kelsey Williams has a B.A. in Historic Preservation and Architecture from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, and performed graduate work in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. From 1991-1996, Mr. Williams acted as the sole Air Force Legacy Resource Management Program Coordinator, an innovative, $148 million dollar program for funding cultural and natural resource projects on Air Force installations across the U.S. and abroad. He is the author of several walking tour books, including The Historic Homes of JFK; A Walk Through Central Georgetown, The Historic Buildings and Homes of Skaneateles, NY, and a technical brief entitled The Preservation and Repair of Historic Clay Tile Roofs for the National Park Service, Preservation Assistance Division. He is the author of more than a dozen local history books published by Arcadia Press and the History Press that have sold more than 40,000 copies to date.  He is currently completing a book entitled Researching Your House History. Mr. Williams also serves as a contributing writer on preservation and history for the InTowner newspaper and as a contributing writer for Old House Journal.


A selection of our clients include the Historical Society of Washington,  Washington Convention Center Authority, Cultural Tourism DC, the Golden Triangle BID, US Department of Energy (Pantex Plant), United States Air Force, PBS Television, Home and Garden Television, CBS News, Advisory Board, DC Historic Preservation Division, Cardozo-Shaw Neighborhood Association, Adams National Bank, Republic Gardens Restaurant, Fletcher's Chapel, the General Contractor's of America, National Park Service, Robinson & Associates, Tenleytown Historical Society, and countless home and business owners within the Washington, D.C. metro area, including Peter Bergen of CNN, the late Tim Russert of NBC News and the late Johnny Apple of the New York Times. We would be pleased to provide references upon request.


Here's what one client said: "It's been really terrific working with you -- I can't believe the depth and breadth of what you were able to find" - Merle