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Historic Preservation: An Introduction to Its History, Principles, and Practice (Second Edition) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-10: 0393732738
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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)

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"Historic Preservation is the only book that covers the gamut of preservation issues in layman's language: the philosophy and history of the movement, the role of government, the documentation and designation of historic properties, establishing a historic district, sensitive architectural design and planning, preservation technology, and the economics of building rehabilitation, plus a survey of architectural styles and an extensive list of preservation resources. It is an ideal introduction to the field for students and homeowners, local officials, and community leaders."--BOOK JACKET.
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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 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I got this book as a requirement for my Architecture and Historical Preservation class.
I actually enjoy learning and reading about this topic as it gives you a different perspective on what is around you.
This book gives you examples of types of architecture styles, gives you pictures for examples and touches base on sustainability topics etc!
Even if your not taking a class in this subject it is very interesting to learn and will pertain to anyone.
The book is a nice small size - not like a heavy textbook.
The price is absolutely reasonable.
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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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When I had to read this book for class, I thought it boring and obvious. However, I find myself quoting it in other classes and in other books. It makes sense. It is very pro-preservation, and completely biased, which is another reason that I didn't like it at first. However, the term "edutainment" has stuck with me as I delve more into historic sites. I can see the relevance of the term, and its implication - both good and bad. It also tells us what the National Park does, and doesn't do, which I also found helpful. I just say be prepared for blah blah when you read, then go back over it. I think that you will find useful information if you can get past the officialism of it.
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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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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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