URP 528– Fundamentals in Historic Preservation
Course No.: 19920
Department: Urban and Regional Planning
Semester: 2017 Spring
Location: Hayes Hall – 401
Meeting Day(s): Wednesday-Friday
Meeting Time: 2:00PM - 3:20PM
Today the National Register of Historic Places recognizes tens of thousands of buildings and approximately 5000 historic districts. The preservation/conservation of historically significant American sites, buildings and neighborhoods is complex. Preservation in America has evolved from the “private sector’s concern for saving patriotic sites” to a movement that is Federally mandated. It requires an understanding of America’s architectural history, an understanding of material fabric and material culture, as well as an understanding of the legal and economic issues that affect preservation. Preservation/conservation involves not only restoration, renovation and adaptive reuse, but it also encompasses growth management, rural and small town preservation, scenic byways, outdoor museums, landscape preservation, archaeology and tourism. It is concerned with the built environment as a conservable national resource. This course examines four major areas of study: 1) The Language of Preservation 2) The Elements of Style 3) Preservation Law and Economics 4) Preservation in Practice: Strategies and Methods for Identifying and Preserving Historic Sites, Buildings, Districts, and Historic Material Fabric. This segment of the course involves hands-on, fieldwork studying National Register Sites, National Register Districts, potentially eligible sites, and historic, but not inventoried, sites in Buffalo and the surrounding region.