Conserving a Great Building – Unusual heritage values

There are three earlier posts in this series. See… Sometimes one needs courage in conservation because great buildings can lead those who conserve them to uncomfortable places. The post-construction stories of great historic buildings usually involve the gradual removal of distinction and the slow erosion of individuality. The mundane begins to take over. Relatively … Continue reading “Conserving a Great Building – Unusual heritage values”

Conserving a Great Building, Heritage statements

Originally a house called Hollins Hill, Haworth Art Gallery, Accrington was designed by the Arts & Crafts architect Walter Brierley (Photograph by Peter Graham) Heritage statements, appraisals and significance studies when properly done are meant to guide architectural and conservation schemes of all types. Unfortunately, they are often researched and written after the designers have … Continue reading “Conserving a Great Building, Heritage statements”

Conserving a Great Building, Restoration

‘Conserving a Great Building, Upping your game’ is here. Adding new design work to a historical building is an act of ‘creation’ whereas restoring lost features is generally considered as ‘conservation’. After a terrible disaster like a major fire, the choice between new design and restoration inevitably comes up. David Mullane, a former director of … Continue reading “Conserving a Great Building, Restoration”

Conserving a Great Building, Upping your game

At some point, a conservation planner, architect or other practitioner is responsible for conserving a truly great building, whether it be of polite, vernacular or technological architecture. In my experience, preserving something of genius, perhaps by a famous architect, is very different to run-of-the-mill conservation. It doesn’t happen every day, so here are a few … Continue reading “Conserving a Great Building, Upping your game”