Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Nice article on historic preservation

From the Topeka Capital-Journal, "At Home Living: Could your home be a historical landmark? The "Three Rs" of fixing up old houses."

The Three Rs are "renovation, rehabilitation, or restoration."

-- Historic Topeka House Styles, Shawnee County Historical Society
-- College Hill Historic District, This Old House Magazine
-- Historic Holliday Park Neighborhood Plan, Topeka
-- "America takes bungalow and makes it home," Topeka Capital-Journal, 2004
-- "At Home Living: Where to find Topeka landmarks," Topeka Capital-Journal (this article mentions two interesting things, that the city designates a portion of its tourism tax revenue stream for historic preservation activities that support tourism and that 95% of property tax increases associated with historic preservation renovations can be abated for a ten year period)

A fourth R might be "repudiation" which comes to mind after looking at some of the links (example) in an e-letter from a local real estate firm promoting various houses in Brookland and elsewhere.

Looking at the photos, except for the facade, most of the original character in those houses has been eradicated by a gut renovation.

It should remind us that this year's national conference for the National Trust for Historic Preservation is in Savannah, Georgia, November 11th-14th.

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