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IARc THESIS: VEGA, MARY ESTELLE

A guide to good stewardship: sustainable preservation strategies for popular historic homes in North Carolina

Directed by Professor Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll, 200pp.

Abstract:

The stewardship of cultural and natural resources have been goals in our society for generations and have manifested themselves in movements for historic preservation and the sustainable use of our planet's resources. In the United States the sustainable movement took shape during the 1960's and 70's in response to damage done by corporations of the time and to a growing energy crisis. Only recently have the concepts of sustainability been embraced en mass by our society yet, few understand how they intertwine with the conservation of historic resources. Historic preservation, at first, set out to preserve structures that were monuments of our nation's development but, preservation has grown to incorporate societal and cultural values, as well as entire landscapes. In addition to these values preservationists have, over the last ten years, begun stressing environmental sustainability. This incorporation is seen in all governmental levels from federal to certified local governments through numerous publications and projects. Recommendations however, are necessarily broad and provide little stylistic context. My thesis examined recommendations being made from local, city, state, and national governing bodies and public sources, and then deciphered how these could best be applied to common residential styles found in National Register Historic Districts within the state. These districts were the focus for this study because many do not have local design guidelines to provide reference for the homeowners. Information from the nominations, along with sustainable recommendations, was then fused to create an illustrated historic homeowner's guide to good stewardship of both cultural and environmental resources for the most common residential styles within the state..

View complete thesis at: http://libres.uncg.edu/ir/uncg/f/Vega_uncg_0154M_11228.pdf

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