The most basic definition of Historic Preservation is the identification, protection, and enhancement of historic resources. However, there are four separate treatment options for a historic resource as identified by the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties: Preservation, Rehabilitation, Restoration, and Reconstruction.
· Preservation focuses on the importance of changes and alterations to the structure over the years, which is accomplished by retaining all of the historic fabric through conservation, maintenance and repair.
· Rehabilitation, also known as adaptive use, or using an old building for a new function, emphasizes the retention and repair of the historic integrity of a building, while allowing certain liberties to be taken in the process for the retrofit.
· Restoration is the act of retaining materials and features specific to the most significant time in a property's history, and includes the removal of any materials or features that are not indicative of that time period.
· Reconstruction is an authentic reproduction of a structure that no longer exists.
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