Historic Preservation Handbook (Handbook)

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9780071364119: Historic Preservation Handbook (Handbook)

This is a practical guide to understanding historic architecture and its preservation. It shows analyzing and evaluating historic buildings in order to better renovate existing ones and create outstanding new ones. It is heavily illustrated with plans, diagrams, and photos.

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MAKE A LITTLE HISTORY...

...by preserving history. Today, architectural reputations are being built by those adept at blending the old with the new. For many reasons, demand for skills in historic preservation is growing apace. This practical guide for planners and architects is the most complete and expert resource you can find to assist you in every aspect of historic preservation, from evaluating communities to recreating traditional building details.

FACILITATE PRESERVATION
* Apply expert analysis tools for keener insights into historic relationships and geometries, in buildings and districts
* Preserve genuine history in communities and neighborhoods, not just historic structures
* Evaluate the attitudes and sensibilities that shape neighborhoods as much as buildings do
* Resolve the paradoxes and challenges posed by historic Modernist structures more than 50 years old and new structures built with traditional techniques, or designed to look old
* Find essential information and illustrations of historic craftsmanship and classic detailing, including an extensive collection of drawings and diagrams of features such as dormers, eaves, chimneys, and window details, plus streetscapes, plans, and more in this heavily illustrated guidebook
* Achieve New Urbanist goal of increasing density by making it both livable and appealing
* Explore the heart and meaning of preservation in the twenty-first century

A practical, holistic approach to preservation, Historic Preservation Handbook helps you resolve big-picture issues while meeting your need for information on minute details.

About the Author:

J. KIRK IRWIN is a licensed architect with extensive experience in historic preservation. He has renovated dozens of buildings in Chicago and vicinity and has been active in grass roots and historic preservation initiatives. He is the former Chair of the Evanston Preservation Commission and co-author of several reports and documents pertaining to the establishment of landmark status and district designation for numerous properties in the City of Evanston, Illinois. Irwin holds a Master's Degree in Architectural History from the University of Virginia, where he studied European influences on the development of the American suburb.

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