In this volume, some of the leading figures in the field have been brought together to write on the roots of the historic preservation movement in the United States, ranging from New York to Santa Fe, Charleston to Chicago. Giving Preservation a History explores the long history of historic preservation: how preservation movements have taken a leading role in shaping American urban space and development; how historic preservation battles have reflected broader social forces; and what the changing nature of historic preservation means for efforts to preserve national, urban, and local heritage.
The second edition adds several new essays addressing key developing areas in the field by major new voices. The new essays represent the broadening range of scholarship on historic preservation generated since the publication of the first edition, taking better account of the role of cultural diversity and difference within the field while exploring the connections between preservation and allied concerns such as environmental sustainability, LGBTQ and nonwhite identity, and economic development.
"Saving the past has a past—and Giving Preservation a History reminds us this is worth knowing as we envision the future. With the preservation movement adapting amid significant societal change, those who understand this past are best equipped to use preservation as an effective tool today and tomorrow."
David J. Brown, EVP and Chief Preservation Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Preface to the Second Edition
Randall Mason and Max Page
PART 1: CHAPTERS FROM FIRST EDITION
Chapter 1: Rethinking the Roots of the Historic Preservation Movement
Max Page and Randall Mason
Chapter 2: Roots in Boston, Branches in Planning and Parks
Chapter 3: "A Spirit That Fires the Imagination:" Historic Preservation and Cultural Regeneration in Virginia And New England, 1850-1950
James M. Lindgren
Chapter 4: Historic Preservation, Public Memory, and The Making of Modern New York City
Chapter 5: Marketing the Past: Historic Preservation in Providence, Rhode Island
Chapter 6: Place Over Time: Restoration and Revivalism in Santa Fe
Chapter 7: Chicago's Mecca Flat Blues
PART 2: NEW CHAPTERS FOR THE SECOND EDITION
Chapter 8: "Charleston Is Largely A Matter Of Feeling": Personal Politics, Preservation, and Power
Stephanie E. Yuhl
Chapter 9: Combatting Decline: Preservation and Community Development in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati
Chapter 10: The Dunbar High School Dilemma: Architecture, Power, and African American Cultural Heritage
Amber N. Wiley
Chapter 11: "Exciting Alternatives To Demolition:" The Shifting Meanings of Preservation in New York’s Soho
Chapter 12: Taking Action: An Overview of LGBTQ Preservation Initiatives
Chapter 13: Historic Preservation Was Never Static
John H. Sprinkle, Jr.
PART 3: BY WAY OF CONCLUDING THE SECOND EDITION
Chapter 14: Moving Forward: Futures for a Preservation Movement
Chapter 15: Epilogue: Not Your Grandmother’s Preservation Movement