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Historic Preservation: An Introduction to its History, Principles, and Practice

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  126 ratings  ·  11 reviews
This is the only book to cover the gamut of preservation issues in layman’s language: the philosophy and history of the movement, the role of government, the documentation and designation of historic properties, sensitive architectural designs and planning, preservation technology, and heritage tourism, plus a survey of architectural styles. It is an ideal introduction to ...more
ebook, Second Edition, 384 pages
Published February 4th 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published October 17th 1999)
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Kimberly
This book provides a very solid overview of the historic preservation movement in American. It has chapters on architectural styles, the foundation and history of preservation, the legal process of listing sites, the Register of Historic Sites, the differences between historic districts, landmarks, and areas, and preservation economics and planning. The book covers the long term issues typically associated with preserving historic buildings and it also highlights the uphill battle that has been ...more
Heather
This was the guiding text for a class called Preserving the Past Planning for the Future: Historic Preservation and Local History. I have no complaints with this book. It is a concise approach to a handbook for preservationists, and while many of the important aspects of preservation (particularly specific techniques or laws) can be quite dry, the book balances these sections with very interesting and specific case studies in order to illustrate a particular concept. I'm definitely keeping this ...more
Tom
More a smattering than a survey of this weird subject. I liked the pictures.

I was supposed to read this for a course at the University of Arizona. I ended up getting it at the Cleveland State bookstore seven months later and reading it fifteen months after that.
Anna
Jan 15, 2008 Anna rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historic preservation students
Shelves: started-reading
This book says that it is an "introduction" but is much too daunting to be something for a non-professional or non-historic preservation student. Let me reassess...it is probably a great book for students that are guided by an instructor.
Ashley
Very good introduction to the field and some of the major relevant topics. Good both for people with (or getting) a background in preservation, and those simply interested in the field (whether for practical reasons or from curiosity).
April Raine
Despite a few ignorant statements, this book provides a comprehensive overview of historic preservation. It is a great reference and starting point for those interested in preservation.
Cheryl
This is usually required for an Historic Preservation class as it was for mine. Also fabulous for anyone living in an historic house or old architecture.
Tao
This is a comprehensive handbook that introduces all aspects of Historic Preservation practices in the United States.
Collette
This is a great resource that covers a lot of components of the history and practice of historic preservation.
Ben
Very readable and understandable overview of Historic Preservation principles. Fun!
Rob
Excellent introduction to historic preservation.
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