We recently traveled back to New York City to take part in the baby shower for John’s sister (our Guttersmith team  will be getting a new addition very soon!). While we were there, I found myself thinking a lot about historic preservation. Being a New Yorker himself, John never really had any interest in the “touristy” stuff. I, on the other hand, was itching to see all the landmarks I’ve been hearing so much about. In the few times we’ve gone together we have taken the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, walked the Brooklyn Bridge, saw the tenements on the Lower East Side, hung out at the Historical Society on the Upper West Side and walked past countless other buildings and landmarks that have helped shape our nation’s history. As someone who doesn’t walk around the city every day, I really took notice of these places and what a loss it would be to us if they weren’t preserved.

There are numerous historic properties all over the country. They don’t necessarily have to be wildly popular sites we’ve all learned about since elementary school. There are historic neighborhood districts, individual houses, hotels, museums, hospitals, schools and plenty of other properties that offer historic value to our country.
It is vital that we preserve these buildings
in order to keep our history alive and kickin.

 

“Whatever may be the future of architecture, in whatever manner our young architects may one day solve the question of their art, let us, while waiting for new monuments, preserve the ancient monuments. Let us…inspire the nation with a love for national architecture.”     -Victor Hugo

One of the first historic preservation efforts made in the United States was by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities. Founded in 1889, they were the first statewide historic preservation group in the United States and first set their sights on preserving George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate. In 1925, efforts to preserve the historic buildings of the French Quarter in New Orleans set into motion the adoption of a historic preservation ordinance.

The first historic preservation ordinance in Charleston, South Carolina, created in 1930, afforded the city a regulatory means by which to prevent the destruction of its historic buildings. The first advanced-degree historic preservation program began at Columbia University in 1964. It became the model on which most other historic preservation programs were created.

Before John moved to Wisconsin and started Guttersmiths Roofing & Sheet Metal, he was an apprentice working on historic properties in Maryland. Because of his experience, he likes to make sure Guttersmiths keeps a focus on historic preservation. That focus on these special properties has allowed us the privilege of working on several historic homes in the Madison area. We are proud to be able to contribute our talents to such an important cause.

Historic districts are designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Once these places are granted historic status, they are protected from destruction. Organizations like the National Trust for Historic Preservation take direct action to protect threatened buildings and landmarks. Visit their sites to look up historic properties in your area or to find out how you can do your part to help preserve these pieces of our country’s history. Scroll through our blog or visit our website to see some of our work on historic properties.

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