Preservation Reference Shelf

Knoxville has a background rich with American history and in music and literature. But the city has not always taken advantage of cultural opportunities. For example, Nashville became Music City, even though Knoxville had the first country music radio station. Chattanooga ended up with the aquarium that was first proposed for Knoxville. And look at the loss of landmark properties in the Historic Fort Sanders neighborhood.

Fortunately some properties still remain. Preserving them and Knoxville's heritage requires actions in the political are regulatory realms as wells as the practical tasks of making sure the buildings don't crumble to the ground. Below are reference books on two main topics: the benefits and stumbling blocks for historic districts, and the technical references for doing the actual preservation.

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America's Downtowns : Growth, Politics & Preservation by Richard C. Collins, Elizabeth B. Waters (Contributor), A. Bruce Dotson, Beaumont, Bruce A. Dotson
Local policies that shape urban growth are critical to the future Knoxville, and nationally to the future of the American preservation movement. With this book you can examine the policies of other cities to see where we stand. Local growth management policies and preservation issues are examined for 10 cities, with the most important lessons each has learned identified. The cities studied are: Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Denver, Jersey City, Philadelphia, Roanoke, St. Paul, San Francisco and Seattle. Order it!

Main Street Festivals : Traditional and Unique Events on America's Main Streets by National Trust for Historic Preservation, Amanda B. West
Where should Knoxville be heading? Take a look at what other cities are doing to enhance tourism in this national guide to over 300 Main Street communities across America and more than 700 special events happening on these Main Streets throughtout the year - from Rodeo Stampedes to fruit festivals to winter carnivals. The special events featured in this guide captialize on local history, popular culture, provinical character and seasonal themes. Order it!

The Powers of Preservation: New Life for Urban Historic Places by Arthur Cotton Moore
In this provocative work, Author Moore draws on his more than 30 years of experience in preservation, restoration, adaptive reuse, and urban design to show what works and what doesn't. He also takes a position which challenges conventional wisdom and is controversial to purists. He advocates that the overall need of the site and its place in the city should take precedence over absolute accuracy of restoration. Through compelling case studies he reveals the pitfalls to look out for and the practices that are proven winners. Finally, he shows how an expanded, more permissive, populist approach to preservation can improve urban environments. Order it!

Keeping Time: The History and Theory of Preservation in America by William J. Murtagh
The historic preservation movement has had a huge influence on America's built landscape for the past thirty years. Keeping Time is the cornerstone primer on the topic. This edition features a wealth of new material, including new chapters on preservation values in oral-based cultures, international preservation, and future developments in the field. In addition, you?ll find a clear, concise survey of preservation movement's history.

Historic Preservation: Curatorial Management of the Built World by James Marston Fitch
This book outlines a complete programme for the restoration and preservation of historic structures and historic sites throughout the world. It is a basic text for both the novice entering the field and the specialist. Dr Fitch covers the many disciplines, concepts and technologies needed by the preservationist. He also includes discussions of the economic, legal and legislative forces acting upon historic district planning. He provides useful information on how old buildings can be moved (either intact or disassembled) to new sites via truck, rail or barge; how to heat, cool and light old buildings and still maintain the aesthetic integrity of their interiors; and how a country can develop a comprehensive policy for the care of its artistic and historic heritage. Order it!

Historic Properties: Preservation and the Valuation Process by Judith Reynolds
This text explores what makes properties historic and how the historic preservation movement has modified traditional concepts of ownership. Readers will learn how legislation, government policies, and the availability of tax credits affect property use and value. A case study relating to a historic hotel is provided to demonstrate the appraisal of a properties of architectural and historic significance. Order it!

Preservation Yellow Pages: The Complete Information Source for Homeowners, Communities, and Professionals (1997) by Julie Zagars (Editor), National Trust for Historic Preservation
Comprehensive istings covering national, state, city and town sources; private national organizations; National Trust programs; and Federal offices. Contains special finder's aids on topics such as low-income housing, legal and financial services, and Federal Rehabilitation Standards. Also includes contacts for state offices, historical societies, and professional specialists, a directory of Web sites and more. Order it!

Landmark Yellow Pages: All the Names, Addresses, Facts, and Figures You Need in Preservation by Pamela Dwight (Editor)
This completely updated and expanded edition provides readers with thousands of extremely useful sources of information and includes a special "yellow pages" section on suppliers, services and products relating to historic preservation. Contains 100 illustrations. Order it!

Caring for Your Old House: A Guide for Owners and Residents (Respectful Rehabilitation Series) by Judith L. Kitchen
This well-illustrated handbook provides comprehensive advice for old-house owners on researching, repairing and maintaining an old residence--especially on how to avoid making any irreversible changes to the historic integrity of the house. Also contains a guide on finding that old home. Included are inspection and maintenance tips with overviews on repairing problems in foundations, roofs, paint, mechanical and plumbing systems and other areas of the house. Order it!

Appraising Easements: Guidelines for Valuation of Historic Preservation and Land Conservation Easements
The definitive guide from The National Trust for Historical Preservation. Order it!

Repairing Old and Historic Windows: A Manual for Architects and Homeowners by New York Landmarks Conservancy
This manual provides detailed information on how to refurbish windows within current preservation standards. Packed with useful, hands-on material, and lots of illustrations, it focuses on window maintenance and replacement. Order it!

Walls and Molding: How to Care for Old and Historic Wood and Plaster by Natalie Shivers
Need info on methods of patching and replastering walls, or guidance on repairing and recasting plaster ornament and molding? This richly illustrated manual details ideas for planning appropriate rehabilitations, including use of acceptable materials and much more. Order it!