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Seven Key Benefits that Historic Preservation Offers

As detailed in the book by Steven Tiesdell: Revitalizing Historic Urban Quarters, Architectural Press, 1996.

  1. Aesthetic value - "Old buildings and towns are valued because they are intrinsically beautiful, or because the have a scarcity value. In a world of rapid change, visible and tangible evidence of the past may also be valued for the sense of place and continuity it conveys."

  2. Architectural diversity - "The aesthetic appeal of a historic place may result from the combination or juxtaposition of many buildings rather than the individual merits of any particular building."

  3. Environmental diversity - "There is often a stimulating contrast between the human scale environment of a historic quarter or district and the monumental scale of the more modern central business distric."

  4. Functional diversity - "A diverse range of different types of space in buildings of varying ages, enables a mix of uses.

  5. Resource value - "Whether beautiful, historic or just plain practical, buildings may be better used than replaced. The reuse of buildings constitutes the conservation of scarce resources, a reduction in the consumption of energy and materials in construction, and good resource management."

  6. Continuity of cultural memory/heritage value - "Visible evidence of the past can contribute educationally to the cultural identity and memory of a particular people or place, giving meaning to the present by interpreting the past."

  7. Economic and commercial value - "Historic buildings usually possess scarcity, which can present opportunities for tourism." Coupled with tax and other incentives the cost of utilizing them is often lower than for other alternatives.

2004 - Volume 35, Issue 2


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Coronado Railroad Appeal of Designation, Lawsuit Goes Forward


Beyond Left and Right Field

Historic Preservation and Transportation Agencies Find Common Ground to Safeguard America's Heritage

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Milford Wayne Donaldson Appointed as State Historic Preservation Officer

Tecate Depot Mystery Solved

Did You Know?

Ladies and Gentlemen of the 1860s - Clothing & Culture

Grants & Donations to the Whaley House

Volunteer Today at the Whaley House

Gifts of Real Estate to SOHO

Spanish Revival Addition Enlivens Annual Craftsman Weekend

Hillcrest Medical Center

INCENTIVES! Cliffs Notes for Tax Credits

Join Us for the James Hubbell Homes Tour

ModCom Update

Letter to the Editor

The Joys of Being a Docent at
SOHO Home Tours

Mission Hills Walking Tour

Free "Arch in the Park" Family Event

A Search for San Diego Courtyards

The Mission Hills Garden Club

Old House Fair 2004

The Repair of Historic Wooden Windows

Strength in Numbers

Lost San Diego

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