The Repair of Historic Buildings: Advice on principles and methods

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Advice on principles and methods

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ISBN
9781850745273
Author
Christopher Brereton
Published by
English Heritage
Publication Date
February 1995
Publisher's Ref
50406
Format
Paperback
Extent
76 pages
Dimensions
190 x 245 mm
Series
Heritage Protection

Britain has a fine stock of historic buildings, the majority of which are privately owned. Yet this valuable heritage is in danger, not only from the threat of demolition but from the more sublte threat of inadequate or misguided maintenance and repair.

Without regular and correct maintenance, historic buildings will deteriorate and decay beyond recovery; on the other hand, an over-aggressive and uninformed programme of 'repair' will lead to theunnecessary and unsympathetic replacement of original fabric, to the permanent detriment of the building's appearance, character and historic value.

The Repair of Historic Buildings offers comprehensive advice on correct maintenance and repair. The first section is concerned with general principles and day-to-day maintenance, followed by a detailed discussion of repair techniques, covering each of the main materials and features associated with historic buildings. In addition, the author addresses the difficult questions of when sensitive replacement rather than repair becomes necessary, and when approriate.

Throughout the text the author stresses the importance of treating each building individually, and of devising a programme of repair that takes into account its unique character, condition and historical development.

The text and illustrations of the original edition by the late Christopher Brereton, former Principal Architect at English Heritage, have been revised for this edition by Philip Whitbourn, former Chief Architect at English Heritage.
 


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