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Libraries strong in architecture and historic preservation will find the second updated edition of Historic Preservation a winner. (The Midwest Book Review)

Historic Preservation is a book that, in being named after its subject, invites high expectations and meets them all. (Civil Engineering)

[A] thorough introduction to the sometimes complicated subject of historic preservation….clear and concise…Current with today’s issues. (The New England Antiques Journal)

[A]n essential resource that should be in the library of any preservationist. (Tim Cannan, President - PreservationDirectory.com)

[I]ndispensable….the authors and the book’s editorial advisors accomplish what no others have to date. This is the intellectually accessible basic textbook―that Preservation 101 we all have been seeking. It is useful as a basic reader in the undergraduate classroom, serves as a quick reference for graduate students…and provides information for professionals in foreign countries on how preservation is practiced in the United States. It can also be dipped into as needed by preservation volunteers who, after all, form the backbone of American preservation on a community level. (Preservation Education & Research)

This book is recommended to students, planners, and citizens interested in the preservation and protection of our local, regional, and national patrimony. (Colonial Latin American Historical Review)

[T]he classic textbook for the field. (Old Mill News)

[D]eserves a place in the home of anyone interested in the activities of preservation….If we could have only one book on the practice of historic preservation, this may well be that book. (Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation)

…an impressive textbook…As someone who teaches historic preservation theory to architects, I am looking forward to using Historic Preservation as one of my textbooks next year. I will also recommend this book to anyone interested in historic preservation. Local government officials, historic district commissioners and even owners of historic buildings can all benefit from reading this book. (Paul Hardin Kapp - Bulletin of the Illinois Geographical Society)

About the Author

Norman Tyler, FAICP, is faculty and former director of the Urban and Regional Planning program at Eastern Michigan University. He has also taught at the University of Michigan and Penn State University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a registered architect. He has served on the board of the Michigan Association of Planning, the Michigan Historic Preservation Network, the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and a founding member of the Ann Arbor Preservation Alliance.

Ted J. Ligibel, PhD, is director of Eastern Michigan University’s historic preservation programs and an advisor emeritus to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Michigan Historic Preservation Network. He currently serves as chair of the National Council for Preservation Education.

Ilene R. Tyler, FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP is an architect with special expertise in historic preservation technology. As Director of Preservation in the Ann Arbor office of Quinn Evans Architects from 1986 to 2014, Ms. Tyler managed the restoration of numerous landmark public buildings and produced many reports documenting historic structures and sites. Since 1998, she has been an adjunct lecturer in the Historic Preservation Program at Eastern Michigan University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 2nd edition (February 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393732738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393732733
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William Neumann on March 13, 2009
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Anyone who seeks knowledge from a text book expects a structured course of solid detail. But sometimes the organization of a course can begin as a meandering stream only to become an untamable river. Given how broad historic preservation can be, thankfully the 2009 edition of Historic Preservation by Norman Tyler flows so simply in presentation and is a pleasure to swim through.

Mr. Tyler's introduction to historic preservation is a quick review of the earliest motivations to preserve. Presenting the classically conflicted ideas of John Ruskin and Viollet le Duc prepares the reader to digest some of the more nonchalant approaches to preservation. Once surveyed, Tyler quickly turns to equipping us with all the content and contextual knowledge to recognize the depths of the built environment. A chronological explanation of the major architectural styles along with simple line illustrations helps to focus the reader's interest in a concise way. This historic architectural reference is integrated directly into the ethical basis of why and the legal backbone of how preservation legislation has evolved. Thus, the important emphasis on an asset's significance and integrity is well examined and driven home

Once past the shallows of basic knowledge Mr. Tyler circles back to examine the intricate sees of historic individual and district designations. This expands into the reasoning behind municipal land use law and it's application. It is now time to load up on the tools and techniques of modern preservation. Simplifying the different approaches in rehabilitation, restoration conservation and reconstruction leads seamlessly to all of the fun parts of research and documentation of assets. The author's detail on basic building systems is masterful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 16, 2009
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Libraries strong in architecture and historic preservation will find the second updated edition of HISTORIC PRESERVATION a winner. It traces what began as a grassroots movement and evolved into a 'green' architecture and sustainability movement today, using layman's language to trace the philosophy of preservation and introducing the ideas for students, preservationists and community leaders alike. College-level libraries will find it a winner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arador on March 13, 2012
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This book provides a very solid overview of the historic preservation movement in American. It has chapters on architectural styles, the foundation and history of preservation, the legal process of listing sites, the Register of Historic Sites, the differences between historic districts, landmarks, and areas, and preservation economics and planning. The book covers the long term issues typically associated with preserving historic buildings and it also highlights the uphill battle that has been fought by preservationists through the years. It is full of sketches and images of important historic sites and to show differences in architectural styles. The complex topics of restoration, renovation, and conservation are explained in detail. A great introduction to an important topic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Wilcox on April 11, 2013
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loaded with information about historical preservation. nicely done up and well written. a very good read!! highly recommended. a must for anyone on a historical committee whether by appointment or choice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By YANG YIMENG on October 2, 2013
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I received this book this afternoon. It's good and I like it very much!
The 2nd version is really much better than the 1st version!
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By Ryan on October 5, 2011
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Preservation is always a difficult field to get into; there is a lot to learn and so many sources to turn to. Look no further. This book is a great starter introduction to the preservation field. It covers the basics like: How did preservation get started? What is the legal basis? What tools are available to me today? Once it lays the groundwork, it dives into things like Section 106 reviews and Historic Districts, Commercial Main Street Programs and much much more! A great book for both students and advocates alike! I will reccomend to everyone.
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This is a great book to begin the study of historical preservation in America. My only criticism is there could be more color photography to help the authors illustrate their examples, the different architectural styles and preservation sites. Well written and pragmatic, good starter book for the would-be preservationist with many, many suggestions on further reading. I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Wheeler on November 27, 2011
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This was essentially my 101 textbook back as an undergrad Cultural/Historic Preservation freshman. I highly recommend it for its ability to remain clear and manageable when addressing a field as famously broad as preservation. The book focused primarily on tangible heritage (architecture), which it presented with explanatory diagrams and stylistic case studies. I do think that professors using this book need to make the point that focusing on tangible heritage is strictly a Western perspective. This perspective obviously needs to be taught, considering almost all national and international heritage law is based on principles derived from Western philosophy. But students should be aware that preservation involves a lot of compromise. This book shows preservation as the majority of Euro-American practitioners would say it should be done. As anyone active in the field knows, however, real-life conditions don't always allow for that (for better or for worse), whether it's shortage of money, labor, technology, specific craft skills, or protest from owners and/or community members. Still I do not hesitate to recommend this book for all the reasons stated by other reviewers, but add that it should be supplemented by literature on preservation's less cut-and-dried aspects.
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