Renovation after the earthquake did not predict only the reinforcement and renovation of damaged constructive system of monuments but also included its complete revitalization and purification from centuries-old inadequate interventions. Frequently it meant change of some objects' purpose because some of their original residential rooms could not be returned back due to previous legal restrictions of the apartment's size (palace). That composed process of rehabilitation of monuments required planning in phases.
Based on architectural survey and conservation records through the preliminary programming solution the programme of future purpose was solved and it was a challenge for spatial possibilities of the monument in accordance with conservation conditions and limitations.
In the following phase i.e. in the preliminary project the reinforcement of construction is solved in principle as well as implementation of installations. Main and implemental projects mean obtaining the building permit and execution of works. Projects of all executive works are filed in the Institute for Restoration of Dubrovnik ( in different degree of completion) but some of them City authorities took over to complete the works disturbed by war (Revelin fortress, Elementary school II phase, Pustijerna, palaces in Androvićeva street etc.)
Changing the purpose of some residential objects as a result of a need to present their original architectural features enlarged the receptive power of the City for public purposes. This way the City got some important facilities in culture: scientific library, city library, Institutes for restoration and protection of cultural heritage, museums like museum of Marin Držić, memorial house of Ronald Brown, maritime museum, science museum and memorial house of Ivo Vojnović – Matica Hrvatska etc. In the same time the compensation apartments were built in Gruž for the residents who wished to move from the City permanently. There were also apartments adapted in the City for those who wanted to return back into them after renovation. Projects of those new apartments have also been archived in the Institute for Restoration of Dubrovnik.
Renovation projects after the war destruction are specific and they are adjusted to the needs of documenting and we can divide them in three groups:
- Projects for burnt palaces besides detailed surveys of remained ruins include testing
the mechanic and physic traits of and remained walls in all phases – from
conservation study-books to main projects for building permit and renovation,
- Documentation for restoration of damaged stone facades, pavements and fountains
which contains detailed architectural survey of damage, photo-documentation and
accurate estimate of costs with a plan of reconstruction for more complex structures
and is being approved by authorized conservation service
- Documentation for roofs' reconstruction which contains damage category, estimate
of costs and photo-documentation, but the real state is established after setting up
scaffolding on the roof. Generally roofs are returned back into the previous state.
A specific kind of documentation presents objects for seismic renovation which contains injecting of external walls and built-in beams for blocks with most damaged buildings in the earthquake that have been lodged. This project has been permanently in process since 2000 as a continuation of constructive renovation after the earthquake that requires necessary approvals and building permit.
Lately, capital structures like the Bishop's Palace (1998), the Rector's Palace (2003), the church of St.Blaise (2007) get the analysis of existing construction resistance to different intensities' of earthquake. That is for the purpose of receiving the input parameters for elaboration of the project for constructive renovation. On the basis of such perceptions, optimal methods of renovation are defined by project with minimal interventions in the structure of a monument. These researches are based on a detailed documented constructive structure of a monument and advanced computer software.
In the Institute's archives the implemental documentation for 49 repaired buildings was filed before 1991 and 29 of them are located in the historic centre. After 1991, executive projects for renovation of 9 burnt palaces were filed with study-books of all previous researches, as well as projects for constructive renovation of; the palace at the Gundulić's square, the Bishop's Palace, the church of St.Đurđe in Pile and the church of St.Jakov at Višnjica, then project for restoration of the facade of the church of St.Blaise, facade of the church of St.Ignatius at the Bošković's square, project for infrastructure of a part in Strossmayer's street, project for renovation of a public area – the wholes at the Bošković's square and projects for restoration of damaged stone fragments by war; Stradun – pavement and shops' openings
in the ground floor, facade and the terrace of the church of Sacred Heart, the staircase Uz Jezuite, the Amerling's fountain, cloister of the Clarisse monastery, balcony in the Bošković's street. In the recent years a complete documentation was elaborated for renovation of the church of the Holy Cross at Gornji Kono (in the programme of the historic centre of Dubrovnik), project ofr constructive renovation and complete conservation/restoration works for the church of St.Blaise as well as projects for renovation of a ruin for a clinic in Andrović's street and the dilapidated house in the street K.Hrvaša 13.