THE NEED FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION: PHILOSOPHY AND PURPOSE

Most resources worthy of preservation can be grouped under one of two categories: those having historical significance (Mt. Vernon, Independence Hall, the White House); or those environmental and/or aesthetic resources which are part of our community life and culture which give a sense of orientation to the American people. The latter category would include most transportation facilities: the parkway designed for its scenic beauty, the metal truss bridge across a pastoral stream, railroad stations of architectural significance, railroad shops that can be recycled to new uses,--all structures that trace the history of an important aspect of American life while also serving as landmarks to give a sense of orientation and a sense of place to the American people, as noted above. Transportation planners, both federal and state, have made great strides and must continue to do so in working with preservationists. We need to assure that our citizens in their travels do not find, in the words of Gertrude Stein, "that there is no there there." /Author/

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  • Accession Number: 00194744
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1979 12:00AM