Advocacy & Education

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"Historic ordinances lower property value."

Houses in historic districts have higher property value than say, modern suburbia.  Why?  Because historic neighborhoods were designed to be welcoming to the pedestrian and people prefer walkable, cozier settings with mature trees, warm lighting, and character that has developed over time.  

"If property is designated as historic, it can't be altered in any way."

Preservation does not prevent change; it manages change.  When altering a historic building, the significant features that define the historic integrity must be preserved and/or restored.  In the United States, we use the Secretary of the Interior's Standards.  It is best to preserve, but when that is not possible, restoration and replacement may be considered.  

"Preservation is more expensive than new construction."

Historic preservation makes use of local materials and structures already at their location avoiding the cost of manufacturing, shipping, associated fuel charges, etc.  Old materials very often outlast the replacements available today.  The greenest building is one that is already built, as the National Trust so often proclaims.  It's true.