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Keeping Time: The History and Theory of Preservation in America

Keeping Time: The History and Theory of Preservation in America
Author: William J. Murtagh
ISBN 13: 9780471473770
ISBN 10: 471473774
Edition: 3
Publisher: Wiley
Publication Date: 2005-09-05
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
List Price: $60.00

The historic preservation movement has had a huge influence on America's built landscape for the past thirty years. Discover the cornerstone primer on the topic — Keeping Time. This edition features a wealth of new material, including new chapters on preservation values in oral-based cultures, international preservation, and future developments in the field.

In addition, youll find a clear, concise survey of preservation movements history, complete with:

  • Helpful coverage of the theory and practice driving the movement.
  • Expanded material on landscape preservation.
  • New information on scientific conservation, cultural corridors, and historic tourism.
  • Numerous informative photographs illustrating the book's content.

Order your copy of this fundamental volume for tomorrow's historic preservationists today.

Publishers Weekly

Since 1812, when architect Robert Mills drew up plans for rebuilding the steeple of Independence Hall, the impulse to preserve historic American sites and buildings has snowballed. Today tens of thousands of buildings and some 5000 historic districts are recognized by the federally coordinated National Register of Historic Places. In part an illustrated historical survey, in part a handbook for civic activists, this primer by the first Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places traces the shift in the preservation movement from the restoration of isolated landmarks and houses where ``Washington slept,'' to an emphasis on outdoor museums (Old Salem, N.C.; Sturbridge Village, Mass.) and, in recent years, a concern for the neighborhood in which a building stands. Through a case study of the Historic Savannah Foundation, which has saved some 1000 buildings in that city, Murtagh illustrates how the public can treat the built environment as a conservable national resource. (September)