“We do not honor the historic buildings in our midst, nor those who once inhabited them, by trapping these structures in amber or sequestering them away behind velvet ropes. We do it by working to see that they continue to play a vibrant role at the heart of the community.”
– Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

HISTORIC PRESERVATION GROUPS

The historic preservation groups are the heroes of the story. They are working hard to save our irreplaceable built culture-historic buildings, old neighborhoods & significant landscapes through education, the promotion of intelligent land use & adaptive reuse. 

Join them so that you can DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

PRESERVATION ACTIVISM IN YOUR BUNGALOW NEIGHBORHOOD

PRESERVATION ACTIVISM IN YOUR BUNGALOW NEIGHBORHOOD

The 2 greatest gifts my mother gave me, a love of art & an huge affinity for things old, gave me my third gift, historic preservation activism in my bungalow neighborhood. This is an article I wrote for my neighborhood association newsletter many long years ago....

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BASIC HISTORIC PRESERVATION GLOSSARY OF TERMS

BASIC HISTORIC PRESERVATION GLOSSARY OF TERMS

Just knowing these basic historic preservation glossary terms will take you far in understanding the principles & practices of historic preservation. The majority of the terms were developed by The U.S. Department of the Interior which protects & manages our...

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NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES

NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES

The members of my neighborhood preservation committee were the people with whom I felt the most kinship. When I left L.A. to live in Tampa, I purchased a bungalow only one block away from the chair of the committee, Dr. Steve Gluckman. A PhD archeologist, Steve was...

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MAKING YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION COMMITTEE WELL KNOWN

MAKING YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION COMMITTEE WELL KNOWN

If you build it, they might come or they might not. If you market it wisely, they will. The first thing that you'll need to do is meet with the association board & tell them your plans. You're going to need their backup. You can copy the activitie's list & see...

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WHAT IS A HISTORIC DESIGNATION, ANYWAY?

WHAT IS A HISTORIC DESIGNATION, ANYWAY?

NOTE: This is not an article about the benefits nor the drawbacks of historic designations. This is just information about what they are. I have included many links in case you would like to know more. First, let’s look at a common misconception about historical...

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PRESERVATION ADVOCACY GROUPS IN ARIZONA

PRESERVATION ADVOCACY GROUPS IN ARIZONA

Arizona is facing huge challenges as developers eye its historic neighborhoods. There is little protection from state or city statutes. They need your help. If you live in Arizona & curse the wrecking ball, as my old friend, Jane Powell said, “DO SOMETHING!”

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PRESERVATION ADVOCACY GROUPS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

PRESERVATION ADVOCACY GROUPS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

The preservation advocacy groups of Northern California protect some of the most iconic structures in America & face many of the same challenges as other areas of the country. We are fortunate that they have several strong groups working to educate & legislate...

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