Preservation vs. Restoration
When discussing ongoing historic projects, Preservation, Restoration, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction are terms commonly used in an interchangeable manner. However, unbeknownst to many there are considerable differences within these four approaches. So what are the differences? Defined in the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties:
Preservation: Places a high premium on the retention of all historic fabric through conservation, maintenance, and repair. It respects a building’s continuum over time, and through successive occupancies, and the respectful changes and alterations that are made.
Restoration: Focuses on the retention of materials from the most significant time in a property’s history, while permitting the removal of materials from other periods.
Rehabilitation: Emphasizes the retention and repair of historic materials, but more latitude is provided for replacement because it is assumed the property is more deteriorated prior to work.
Reconstruction: Establishes limited opportunities to re-create a non-surviving site, landscape, building, structure, or object in all new materials.
At Jaindl Properties an extensive focus of our operation is centered around the preservation of Lehigh Valley properties where possible; unfortunately we see too often that properties that have been poorly or improperly maintained throughout the 20th century require extensive work in the rehabilitation and reconstruction areas in order to effectively reuse them for today’s modern uses.
For more information on some of our projects, visit our Signature Projects page to see examples of many of our preservation and restoration projects.