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Dictionary of Building Preservation Most historic buildings areowned by private citizens who have little or no background inbuilding preservation or its allied fields. These owners—asdedicated as they are to preserving or refurbishing theirproperty—often feel at a disadvantage when communicating withprofessionals well-versed in the complex jargon of thismultidisciplinary field. The Dictionary of Building Preservationprovides easy access to this terminology and helps thenonspecialist to understand and communicate with building anddesign professionals, preservation groups, government agencies,attorneys, and others concerned with building preservation.Containing more than 10,000 entries that cover the entire breadthof building preservation in North America, this is the best sourceavailable for definitions of terms used for buildings, parts ofbuildings, the development of historic structures, technicalstandards, relevant legal terminology, and preservation practice.It provides detailed information on various historical styles andfashions, structural, mechanical, and electrical systems, andcurrent restoration techniques. In the Dictionary of BuildingPreservation, readers will find

  • Straightforward definitions that include preservation context,word origin, and national and regional vernaculars
  • Many terms that do not appear in any other dictionary
  • Cross referencing that allows readers to move from the generalto the specific or vice versa
  • Nearly 400 illustrations—many rare-edition prints and linedrawings from the Historic American Buildings Survey as well asfirst edition Architectural Graphic Standards technicaldrawings
  • Both modern and obsolete spellings along with an indication ofthe period in which the term was most commonly used
Compiled by a practicing restoration architect, this is the idealreference resource for owners of historic homes, preservationistsand restoration consultants, architecture buffs, urban planners,land-use attorneys, architects and architectural historians, andanyone involved in building renovation, community preservation, orlandmark designation.
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Architect Bucher succinctly defines over 10,000 terms commonly used in the renovation, building technology, and preservation of buildings, for the benefit of both professionals and amateurs. He includes building parts and materials, construction methods, architectural styles, products and finishes, structural systems, and conservation and restoration treatments. Illustrated with line drawings. Well cross-referenced. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471144137
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/21/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.18 (d)

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WARD BUCHER, AIA, is a practicing restoration architect in theWashington, D.C. area. He has written several articles for OldHouse Journal on house heating systems and the structural analysisof historic buildings. An active member of the American Instituteof Architects and the Association for Preservation Technology, hehas done preservation work in Charleston, South Carolina;Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Nova Scotia.

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