Practical analyses of some consequences of historic preservation theory
Tinsley, Patrick A.
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ABSTRACT This project proposes to produce a series of analyses of the consequences of leading theories for the practice of historic preservation. Two methodologies are currently employed in the practice of historic preservation as a profession. There exists a problem, however, as the two methodologies exist at odds with one another. The problem may be solved with the development of a single core ethic to provide the professional in the field with a basis for practice that may be applied unilaterally. This project will offer a single, sustainable, pragmatic ethic. The project begins with an identification and analysis of the two methodologies and identifies the flaws present in both. The preservation of a built or natural environment requires a professional to make a value judgment of the subject proposed for preservation. This judgment should be based on recognized standards in the field, such as the degree of remaining historical authenticity, rarity, and perhaps most importantly, community interest for the preservation of the subject. More often, however, the judgment is affected by the driving powers behind preservation in the modern era, defined in this project as ego, politics, and economics. Professional judgment is subject to the two existing methodologies of preservation that, as mentioned, oppose one another in application. Research continues with a literary basis providing substance for the proposed ethic. A logical argument will be offered that will support the validity of the ethic, and discussion will follow that will outline the application of the ethic in practice. A conclusion will be offered with recommendations concerning how the ethic may be employed in practice. The superiority of a guiding ethic over the application of one of Texas Tech University, Patrick A. Tinsley, May 2018 v the two methodologies will be evident. Pertinent contemporary examples will be provided as well as an application example.