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.