Reconstructing Historic Landmarks: Fabrication, Negotiation, and the Past (Hardback) book cover

Reconstructing Historic Landmarks

Fabrication, Negotiation, and the Past

By Wayde Brown

© 2018 – Routledge

240 pages | 40 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138648319
pub: 2018-07-01

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The reconstruction of landmarks is as old as the heritage conservation movement itself, yet Reconstructing Historic Landmarks is the first book to fully explore the role played by landmark reconstructions within the heritage conservation movement. As interest in heritage continues to grow, physical landmarks can be seen as a means of legitimating the collective memories of a group or community, so much so that when the original fabric or a site or landmark no longer exists, communities have often strived to reconstruct this evidence themselves. Drawing on several dozen case studies of reconstructed landmarks from across the United States and Canada, Reconstructing Historic Landmarks provides a unique perspective on heritage production and the role of the past within an ever-changing present.

The earliest reconstruction projects reflected a nostalgia for the period of European colonization, followed by reconstructions which reflected the identity of the nation states of Canada and the United States. In the mid-twentieth century reconstructions favored the 'frontier' landscape and more recently a counter-narrative has emerged whereby reconstructions are used by sub-national groups to challenge existing ‘heritage’. Reconstructing Historic Landmarks provides a fascinating insight into these shifting concepts of history in North America and will be of considerable interest both to students and scholars of historic preservation and indeed to heritage professionals involved in reconstructions themselves.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. A European Frame for the New World 3. Emergent Nations, Official Narratives 4. North and West, Finding the Frontier 5. Subversion and Counter-Narrative

About the Author

Wayde Brown is Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Research at the College of Environment and Design, University of Georgia, USA, teaching primarily within the historic preservation program

About the Series

Routledge Research in Architectural Conservation and Historic Preservation

The Routledge Research in Architectural Conservation and Historic Preservation series provides the reader with the latest scholarship in the field of building conservation. The series publishes research from across the globe and covers areas as diverse as restoration techniques, preservation theory, technology, digital reconstruction, structures, materials, details, case studies, and much more. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality architectural preservation research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / North America