Preservation ABCs

A new school year has begun, and we’ve talked about preservation inspiration. Whether in school or not, we are constant preservation scholars learning how to read buildings, interpret regulations, apply tax credits, convey the preservation mission and many other tasks on a daily basis. Look at yourself one year ago – what new bits of information do you know? What connections to other fields do you see now that you haven’t seen before? What was your greatest work accomplishment in these past 12 months? Give yourself some credit and a pat on the back. Be proud and use that knowledge to continue doing your best. And now think about what you want to learn this year. What book do you want to read?

A couple of other preservation based blogs have good preservation education series if you want to learn a snippet at a time. Preservation in Mississippi (It Ain’t All Moonlight and Magnolias) has an “Architectural Word of the Week” series. Historic Indianapolis features a “Building Language” series. Check out their posts to improve your architectural vocabulary and understanding. For a good overview of terms, read the Historic Preservation Abbreviations You Should Know on HistPres.

Taking a cue from these great ideas, Preservation in Pink will begin featuring the ABCs of Historic Preservation, from A to Z, addressing the wide reach of historic preservation. We’ll start with A and work our way through the alphabet. If you have any ideas, send them along. Look for “A” later today. And follow the Preservation ABCs category for this series.

A is for Alley

B is for Bridge

C is for Ceiling

D is for Door

E is for Economics

F is for Flamingo

G is Gateway

H is for Highway

I is for Infill

J is for Joist

K is for King Post Truss

L is for Landscape

M is for Main Street

N is for National Historic Preservation Act

O is for Oral History

P is for Place

Q is for Quality of Life

R is for Railing

S is for Shutter

T is for Trees

U is for Utilities

V is for Viewshed

W is for Window

X is for X-Ray

Y is for Yellow Ochre

Z is for Zoning


The Pierce School in Lunenburg, Vermont.