Lee Valley Tools    Woodworking Newsletter
   Vol. 5, Issue 2
   November 2010
   Protecting Our Architectural Heritage

Preserving heritage structures, which include, but are not limited to, houses, mills, churches, bridges and commercial buildings, protects a part of our history. Not only can they give us an idea of how people lived and worked,
a glimpse at the construction methods allow us to appreciate the craftsmanship of old. Another often-overlooked benefit is environmental — by leaving a structure standing, we keep its building materials out of a landfill.

When it comes to conserving heritage structures, the general agreement is the less intervention, the better. The goal is to keep as much of the original craftsmanship and material as possible, as these constitute the structure's historic character. According to the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Heritage Places in Canada, published by Parks Canada, the three broad approaches to conservation are preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration. It's quite possible that all three will be used in the same project.

Fortress of Louisbourg
A building at the Fortress of Louisbourg, a reconstructed 18th-century fortified French town located on Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
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