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preservationPLACES: A Reading List

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been providing our annual PastForward reading lists—curated selections of reports, articles, and videos to prep you for our annual conference. We hope that they’ll spark discussions come November 15–18, when PastForward arrives in Houston,...

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World Heritage Site Designation: A Threat to U.S. Sovereignty?

The Statue of Liberty. Yosemite. Independence Hall. The Everglades. Taos Pueblo. Monticello. What do these places have in common? At first glance, perhaps, very little. In their very diversity, however, lies a clue to what links them. Together, these cultural and natural sites constitute, with...

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“Differentiated” and “Compatible”

In the post-war period, an important issue for preservation has been defining how new construction might appropriately support and enhance, rather than detract from, historic buildings and districts under regulatory protection. So long as new additions or infill buildings were likely to be...

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The Paradores of Spain: A Sojourn to Refresh the Preservation Soul

Imagine this scenario: You are invited to a meeting with an aide to the President who presents you with this proposal: Identify the most important historic places in the nation in need of preservation that are in economically depressed areas and that have high heritage tourism potential, so...

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The San Antonio Missions: The Road to Becoming a World Heritage Site

By Bruce MacDougal Mission Espada. |Credit: San Antonio Conservation Society Foundation On July 5, 2015, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee voted unanimously to inscribe the San Antonio Missions as the first World Heritage Site in Texas. This triumphant moment represented...

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