The purpose of preservation is to protect the distinctive historic qualities of old places. It is not simply making old buildings look new. New materials should only be introduced when original materials are not adequate or repairable.
Historic places may be used for their original purposes, or be put to use in other ways that allow them to retain their significance. An example of this would be converting a former school house into a visitor’s center.
Historic preservation can serve a variety of purposes. A community may choose to preserve a building or district because of its historical importance, as part of beautification projects, or in an effort to increase tourism.
Preservation projects can be intimidating, but help is available. There are many resources available to communities and individuals interested in protecting pieces of the past.