What do we mean by historic preservation?
___Historic preservation is safeguarding the existence and appearance of historic elements of the community
___Historic elements may include structures, neighborhoods, landscapes, and building or landscape features
___Historic preservation includes four possible activities:
- Preservation is preserving a place as it is in the present
- Rehabilitation fixes up a deteriorated historic property, often for a use other than its original one
- Restoration means putting a building or landscape back the way it was originally, or at a historically significant time in its past
- Reconstruction is the creation of a historically accurate copy of either a specific historic property that no longer exists or an example of one from a chosen historical period
Why encourage historic preservation?
___It preserves the historic, architectural, and aesthetic character and heritage of a community or area, and helps to provide a sense of place and continuity
___It is an efficient use of resources
___It preserves old methods of workmanship
___It can add character and/or charm to a community, and emphasize its uniqueness
___It can attract investment and change the nature of a deteriorating neighborhood or area
___It can provide an opportunity for the imaginative or creative use of a building that has stood empty because it outlived its previous use, and at the same time solve a community problem
___It can be a good investment
When should you encourage historic preservation?
___When the community is engaged in creating a comprehensive plan for growth and development
___When there’s a neighborhood planning effort
___When there’s a neighborhood revitalization effort under way
___When affordable housing or another specific need is clear in an area, and historic buildings are available to meet it
___When development is planned in an area that includes a historic structure or neighborhood
___When there’s a celebration of community history
___When a historic property is threatened
___When the community is engaged in a heritage tourism effort
___As part of a job training effort aimed at at-risk populations or individuals
Who should encourage historic preservation?
___Public officials and planners
___Owners of historic properties, including developers, businesses and industries, and individual homeowners
___Those likely to benefit from tourism
___The business community
___Community activists, especially those concerned with the cultural heritage of the community
How do you encourage historic preservation?
___Use incentives: tax incentives, other incentives, grants and loans
___Use regulations governing the treatment and use of historic properties
___Provide help and support for preservation
___Educate the public on the topic
___Engage in advocacy with governmental and non-governmental decision makers