Historic Preservation: Curatorial Management of the Built World

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University of Virginia Press, 1990 - Architecture - 433 pages
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This book outlines a complete programme for the restoration and preservation of historic structures and historic sites throughout the world. It is a basic text for both the novice entering the field and the specialist. Dr Fitch covers the many disciplines, concepts and technologies needed by the preservationist. He also includes discussions of the economic, legal and legislative forces acting upon historic district planning. He provides useful information on how old buildings can be moved (either intact or disassembled) to new sites via truck, rail or barge; how to heat, cool and light old buildings and still maintain the aesthetic integrity of their interiors; and how a country can develop a comprehensive policy for the care of its artistic and historic heritage.

 

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Contents

Why Preserve the Prototype?
1
The Heritage as Cultural Resource
13
The Economic Sense of Retrieval and Recycling
29
Conceptual Parameters of Historic Preservation
39
Regeneration of Historic Urban Cores
49
Preservation Restoration Conservation
83
Reconstitution of Damaged Fabrics
137
Extended and Adaptive Use
165
Protection and Interpretation of Sites and Ruins
293
Quantification Analysis and Classification
307
The Fourth Dimension of Preservation
325
Two Levels of Interpretation
335
Preservationist Conservationist Craftsperson
349
Preservation in Two Socialist Countries
361
The Case of Africa
391
Preservation in Tomorrows World
399

Use and Abuse
187
The Architectural Museum Indoors and Out
219
Cosmetic Consequences of Intervention
243
Insertion of New Systems in Old Fabrics
255
Restoration and Maintenance of Historic Landscapes
261
Notes
405
Illustration Credits
411
Index
417
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James Marston Fitch is Professor of Architecture Emeritus and Director Emeritus of the Historic Preservation Program of the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning at Columbia University. He has received numerous awards, taught and lectured throughout the world, and is the author of over 250 books, articles, reports, reviews, and other communications. He is currently Director of Historic Preservation for the New York architectural firm of Beyer Blinder Belle.

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