Additional notes by Robin Wright January 2016.(RW: It’s also a quick, nifty slideshare)
Historic” means “old and worth the trouble.” The article examines the cultural & practical value of old buildings and the associated benefits for the community.
1. Old buildings have intrinsic value.
Higher-quality materials such as rare hardwoods (especially heart pine) and wood from old-growth forests that no longer exist.
Built by different standards (century-old buildings with 5-brick thick walls can be a better bet in a natural disaster).
2. What’s being destroyed if you tear it down?
Renovations uncover hidden gems: drop-ceilings made with heart-pine wood, unusual tinted “opalescent” glass, hand-wrought bright copper (RW: I personally know of murals discovered).
3. New businesses prefer old buildings.
Bookstores, ethnic restaurants, antique stores, neighborhood pubs, and especially small start-ups―thrive in old buildings. (RW: Less overhead, often better locations (not to mention lower up-front costs than a new building).
4. Old buildings attract people.
Older buildings are just more interesting. (RW: They give a community a sense of permanence and roots that appeals to a wide range of people.) America’s downtown revivals suggest that people like old buildings.
5. Old buildings are reminders of a city’s culture and complexity.
Tourists and longtime residents are able to witness the aesthetic and cultural history of an area. (RW: Repurposed old buildings are a museum exhibit you can touch - anchored to a time and place in history.)
6. Regret goes only one way.
There is no chance to renovate or to save a historic site once it’s gone. And we can never be certain what will be valued in the future. This reality brings to light the importance of locating and saving buildings of historic significance―because once a piece of history is destroyed, it is lost forever.
Resources to Help You Preserve Old Buildings
Once you’ve decided to preserve these historic edifices, the question becomes “How?”. Here are some resources to help you plan:
You may benefit from trying out Ionyx advanced coatings technology on a small area to see if it is a good fit for your building. Rugged Coatings can also assist you with product training and advice maintenance of coatings.
Low VOC Ionyx coatings are translucent, come in a variety of finishes and fomulations for different substrates (metal, stone, concrete, etc.) Feel free to contact Rugged Coatings for information on how our special formulations of nanotechnology coatings can support your preservation efforts. Once applied, these coatings are designed to stand the test of time - just like your historic building - and require no abrasive power washing or harsh chemicals to maintain.
Try the coatings on a small area first to see if they are a good fit for your building. Rugged Coatings can also assist you with product training and advice maintenance of Ionyx coatings.