2nd Edition

Giving Preservation a History Histories of Historic Preservation in the United States

Edited By Randall F. Mason, Max Page Copyright 2020
    456 Pages 124 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    456 Pages 124 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.



    Preface to the Second Edition

    Randall Mason and Max Page


    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

    Michael Holleran

    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

    Randall Mason

    Chapter 5: Marketing the Past: Historic Preservation in Providence, Rhode Island

    Briann Greenfield

    Chapter 6: Place Over Time: Restoration and Revivalism in Santa Fe

    Chris Wilson

    Chapter 7: Chicago's Mecca Flat Blues

    Daniel Bluestone


    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

    Stephanie Webster-Ryberg

    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

    Aaron Shkuda

    Chapter 12: Taking Action: An Overview of LGBTQ Preservation Initiatives

    Gail Dubrow

    Chapter 13: Historic Preservation Was Never Static

    John H. Sprinkle, Jr.


    Chapter 14: Moving Forward: Futures for a Preservation Movement

    Ned Kaufman

    Chapter 15: Epilogue: Not Your Grandmother’s Preservation Movement

    Max Page


    Randall Mason is Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning, former chair of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, and Senior Fellow of PennPraxis at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design.

    Max Page is Professor of Architecture and History and Director of the Historic Preservation Program at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

    "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