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Preservation by Prevention - a historic preservation newsletter by the Trust for Architectural Easements

Preservation by Prevention: Gutters and Downspouts

Gutters and downspouts are critical components of a building’s water protection system because they are the most effective method of collecting rainwater from the roof and directing it away from the building’s foundation. Gutters have existed for thousands of years in one form or another, and they probably have always necessitated a hated task of […]

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Preservation by Prevention: Wooden Cladding: A Building’s Skin

Wood is the most ubiquitous building material in America because trees are plentiful – originally from native forests and now often plantation grown. Wooden cladding is somewhat less common in dense urban environments because destructive fires in the 19th century caused its use to be outlawed in many places. Nevertheless, wooden cladding is prevalent and, […]

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Preservation by Prevention Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation

In my role as Director of Operations and Stewardship at the Trust for Architectural Easements, one of the most common questions I am asked is what standards or guidelines the staff uses for review when an owner requests to alter his/her easement-protected property. The answer to that question is the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards […]

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Preservation by Prevention

Water is the Enemy of Historic Buildings Welcome to Preservation by Prevention, the newest e-newsletter of the Trust for Architectural Easements. If you would like to send comments or suggestions regarding this issue, future installments, or you would like to unsubscribe from this mailing, please send an email to As Ben Franklin famously stated, […]

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