Heritage Preservation

Heritage preservation, historic preservation or heritage conservation, is an endeavour that seeks to preserve, conserve and protect buildings, objects, landscapes or other artefacts of historical significance. The term tends to refer specifically to the preservation of the built environment, and not to preservation of, for example, primeval forests or wilderness.

Historic Preservation: An Introduction to Its History, Principles, and Practice
A Richer Heritage: Historic Preservation in the Twenty-First Century
The Economics of Historic Preservation: A Community Leader's Guide
A Field Guide to American Houses
The Past Is a Foreign Country
How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built
In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life
Historic Preservation: Curatorial Management of the Built World
The House on Tradd Street (Tradd Street, #1)
The Politics of Historic Districts: A Primer for Grassroots Preservation
Caring for Your Historic House
A Visual Dictionary of Architecture
Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000
Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took On New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City
Keeping Time: The History and Theory of Preservation in America
How Buildings Learn by Stewart BrandAt Home by Bill BrysonHistoric Preservation by Norman TylerA Field Guide to American Houses by Virginia McAlesterScience and Technology in Historic Preservation by Ray A. Williamson
Built Heritage
131 books — 6 voters
The City of Falling Angels by John BerendtWe Come for Good by Paul N. BackhouseFrench Quarter Manual by Malcolm HeardYour Museum Needs A Podcast by Hannah HethmonThe Language of Houses by Alison Lurie
Historic Preservation Reads
50 books — 6 voters

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 ...more
Howard Mansfield

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 Hut ...more
Bill Bryson, The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America

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