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Origins of preservation planning

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Here's a question for everyone....

Can anyone say when and where preservation planning got started? Was any one city and/or person a trailblazer in this? There may not be a definitive answer to this question, but I thought I would throw it out here, as I would like to say something about this in a presentation to an Historical Society. You know, get the word out that there are planners that do this sort of thing!

Thanks!
 

larryshure

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I think the earliest districts were in Charleston and New Orleans. You might try a book called, "The Future of the Past," which is a pretty good history of early preservation. American preservation got a slow start, but I'll bet you can find a ton of very early European laws. You can also find James Marston Fitch's book, which laid out a bunch of early preservataion precepts.
 

Jason

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Can anyone tell me that where should I visit and which agency or authority should I deal to if I got plan to visit France for two weeks around in September. The objective of this trip is to wide up my experience for the building conservation/preservation which carry out in France.
 

larryshure

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Try contacting the US Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). Their DC number is (202)842-1866. You can also visit their web site. If you are not in the US their other committees are listed as well.
 
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