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AN ANALYSIS OF ARCHITECTURAL PRESERVATION THEORIES: FROM 1790 TO 1975


1983 1983

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The definition of the conceptual parameters in Historic Preservation derive from an explanation of the levels of intervention on the fabric of a building. The scope of the ideas and theories of the field begins with a criticism of the work of James Wyatt (1798), including the work of major restoration architects and theorists, until The Year of the European Architectural Heritage (1975). This analysis is based on the entropic nature of both the causes of decay and the conservation methods necessary to arrest any destructive action. Influenced by the work of John Ruskin (1850), a significant change of attitude is identified, when unnecessary interventions are discouraged and preservation prevails over restoration. The major theoretical conclusions are shown to have an international impact after World War II; thus, making Historic Preservation not an isolated discipline, but a broader perspective in the area of environmental design.

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Subject
Architecture
Classification
0729: Architecture
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts
Title
AN ANALYSIS OF ARCHITECTURAL PRESERVATION THEORIES: FROM 1790 TO 1975
Author
SKARMEAS, GEORGE CHRISTOS
Number of pages
183
Publication year
1983
Degree date
1983
School code
0175
Source
DAI-A 44/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
University/institution
University of Pennsylvania
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
8316088
ProQuest document ID
303275838
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/303275838
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