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Before and After Restoration Preservation Examples
In architectural preservation, we often hear people talk about neglected historic buildings in a negative manner mainly because they don’t look good now. Like, “That old place… it should be torn down.” But remember, that once a historic architectural cultural asset is torn down, it is gone forever.
- Do you donate your car to charity once the new car smell is gone?
- Do you throw out your shoes after one wear or once they get a small scuff?
- Would you just kill anyone because they had a pot belly or acne scarring?
Well, condemning a valuable building while it still has life in it is along the same lines. In actuality, persecuting a building that may already fated to demolition is akin to kicking a man when he’s already down. So once and for all let’s put that myth to rest. Buildings generally do not look good before restoration and preservation. That is exactly WHY they need restoration. Unfortunately, not everyone is an architect with the vision required to see what preservation can do. So here’s a primer on what restoration can accomplish in other areas…
Give Preservation a Chance!
Put it all together and yes, you can have historic restoration of old or neglected buildings. All it takes is a little optimism on your part and belief in the preservationists that can envision the end result.