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Recording Historic Structures Recording Historic Structures (Hardcover)
by (shelved 3 times as historic-preservation)
avg rating 3.70 — 23 ratings — published 1989
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The Architecture of Happiness The Architecture of Happiness (Hardcover)
by (shelved 2 times as historic-preservation)
avg rating 3.81 — 10,767 ratings — published 2006
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Historic Preservation by Norman TylerCityscapes by John  KingThe Island at the Center of the World by Russell ShortoThe Architecture of Happiness by Alain de BottonBeyond Preservation by Andrew Hurley
Built Heritage
42 books — 3 voters
Detroit by Charlie LeDuffMiddlesex by Jeffrey EugenidesDevil's Night by Zev ChafetsThe Detroit True Crime Chronicles by Scott M BurnsteinThe Ruins Of Detroit by Yves Marchand
Detroit
102 books — 22 voters

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Howard Mansfield
“I was trying to discover examples of a living restoration, trying to go beyond discussions about correct historic colors, materials, and techniques.

I looked to the past for guidance, to find the graces we need to save. I want to be an importer. This is not nostalgia; I am not nostalgic. I am not looking for a way back. "From where will a renewal come to us, to us who have devastated the whole earthly globe?" asked Simone Weil. "Only from the past if we love it."

What I am looking for is the trick of having the same ax twice, for a restoration that renews the spirit, for work that transforms the worker. We may talk of saving antique linens, species, or languages; but whatever we are intent on saving, when a restoration succeeds, we rescue ourselves.

-- Howard Mansfield, The Same Ax Twice: Restoration and Renewal in a Throwaway Age”
Howard Mansfield

“Do we allow unlimited visitation, or do we restrict numbers to protect a delicate ecosystem? Do we heavily advertise the park, enticing paying visitors, generating needed money for Idaho's park department, or do we sacrifice financial benefits to better preserve natural ones? Do we log diseased trees, interfering with nature, or do we allow trees to rot and fall, possibly endangering lives? Do we inexpensively repair historic structures, or do we meticulously restore them? Do we maintain this park as closely as possible to the condition in which Idaho received it, or do we develop it for multiple uses; allow overnight visitors; permit all-terrain vehicles; provide paths for those unable to navigate unpaved trails?”
Mary E. Reed, Harriman: From Railroad Ranch to State Park

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