The Powers of Preservation: New Life for Urban Historic Places

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McGraw-Hill, 1998 - Architecture - 229 pages
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In the world of architecture, his name is as renowned as the buildings which he has helped preserve: The Cairo Hotel, The Library of Congress, and The U.S. Treasury among them. Through a pioneering, award-winning career that has spanned more than three decades, Arthur Cotton Moore is universally acclaimed as one of the guiding lights of historic preservation. Now, in this bellwether book, he uses his prominent voice to go beyond the stodgy boundaries of landmarks alone -- by showing how preservation can spark new directions in design and help us reclaim our cities.

Certain to provoke controversy, The Power of Preservation draws on Moore's work on hundreds of successful projects -- from private homes to the recent restoration of New York's Bedford-Stuyvesant Plaza -- and lays out ideas for:
-- Preservation, restoration, and adaptive reuses of often-overlooked buildings
-- Pitfalls to look out for, and proven strategies for downtowns
-- An expanded, more permissive populist approach to preservation

Supported by 50 fascinating case studies and eye-opening photographs, this book is a call-to-arms for urban designers and planners, architects, preservationists, and others who care about the future of our urban areas -- and recognize the true potential of their architectural heritage.

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When Moore strode through the Library of Congress in 1997 after the completion of its magnificent renovation, he surely felt a swirling mix of emotions. Charged with a redesign that would usher the ... Read full review

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Moore is known as one of the founders of the preservation movement.

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