Popular Historic Preservation Books

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The Architecture of Happiness The Architecture of Happiness (Hardcover)
by (shelved 2 times as historic-preservation)
avg rating 3.79 — 8,993 ratings — published 2006
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Recording Historic Structures Recording Historic Structures (Hardcover)
by (shelved 2 times as historic-preservation)
avg rating 3.50 — 21 ratings — published 1989
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Decider Decider (Paperback)
by (shelved 1 time as historic-preservation)
avg rating 3.94 — 3,085 ratings — published 1993
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Feathers: Not Just for Flying Feathers: Not Just for Flying (Hardcover)
by (shelved 1 time as historic-preservation)
avg rating 4.34 — 223 ratings — published 2013
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A Reverence for Wood A Reverence for Wood (Paperback)
by (shelved 1 time as historic-preservation)
avg rating 4.37 — 281 ratings — published 1965
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Home for the Haunting Home for the Haunting (Audio CD)
by (shelved 1 time as historic-preservation)
avg rating 4.01 — 975 ratings — published 2013
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Seeking Spatial Justice Seeking Spatial Justice (Paperback)
by (shelved 1 time as historic-preservation)
avg rating 3.53 — 110 ratings — published 2010
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Saving America's Treasures Saving America's Treasures (Hardcover)
by (shelved 1 time as historic-preservation)
avg rating 3.60 — 25 ratings — published 2000
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Detroit by Charlie LeDuffMiddlesex by Jeffrey EugenidesDetroit Noir by E.J. OlsenDetroit City Is the Place to Be by Mark BinelliThe Slave Across the Street by Theresa Flores
Detroit
102 books — 17 voters
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

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Bill Bryson
“[Traveling] makes you realize what an immeasurably nice place much of America could be if only people possessed the same instinct for preservation as they do in Europe. You would think the millions of people who come to Williamsburg every year would say to each other, "Gosh, Bobbi, this place is beautiful. Let's go home to Smellville and plant lots of trees and preserve all the fine old buildings." But in fact that never occurs to them. They just go back and build more parking lots and Pizza Huts.”
Bill Bryson, The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America

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

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