Historic Preservation

Right Answer But Questionable Methodology

I agree completely with the premise of Harry Bubbins’s “Small Stores Thrive in Landmark Districts.” There’s a lot of research that suggests that people like historic districts, like to spend time in them, and therefore support businesses in them. Anecdotally, visitors that I know tend to spend their time shopping in the more historic parts …

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The Past of the Future

Because of the blurriness of verb conjugations in English, I don’t remember what all the various tenses are called. Two tenses that specifically apply to preservation work involve time-shifting: when you’re talking about something that happened in the past of a future perspective, and when you’re talking about something that will happen in the future …

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Personal Bias In Preservation

The criteria for determining whether or not a building is historic are a mixture of completely objective and completely subjective. If a structure has to be 50 years old to be considered for a specific category of preservation, then there is no debate to be had: it is that old or it is not. On …

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Famous and Rare or Unknown and Common

Tracey Lindeman’s article “A Modernist Gas Station With a New Purpose” got me thinking about adaptive reuse, which is not surprising since it’s about an adaptive reuse project. That project, where Éric Gauthier took a Mies van Der Rohe gas station in Montreal and turned it into a community center while keeping the basic appearance …

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