NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
HIS 181 - HISTORY AND THEORY OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION (3 CR.)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Provides a foundation and introduction to historic preservation practices and issues in Virginia and the United States.  Emphasizes legislation, policies, and methodologies that form our present national, state, and local preservation systems.  Includes specific treatment of Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun counties.  Lecture 3 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

This course will provide a foundation and introduction to historic preservation practices and issues in Virginia and the United States. Emphasis will be placed on the legislation, policies, and methodologies that form our present national, state, and local preservation systems. Specific treatment of Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, and Loudoun counties. The course will also examine the practices of research and documentation of historic sites.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES

General college entrance competencies.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Upon completion, the student should be able to:

    A. summarize the development the historic preservation movement in this country,

    B. delineate differences in varying approaches to preserving structures and features,

    C. identify strategies to document and conserve historic and cultural resources,

    D. evaluate and survey significant structures along federal and local guidelines,

    E. understand Historical Architectural Review Board and planning Commission requirements,

    F. develop sound research techniques in documenting historic sites, and

    G. apply research skills to completion of historic registration forms.

MAJOR TOPICS TO BE INCLUDED
    A. Introduction to the history and theory of historic preservation

    B. Historical Antecedents

       
      1. Pre 1880 roots

      2. 1880ís - 1940ís

       
      a. descendants of New England magnates
      b. descendants of antebellum planter class
      c. multi-milllionaire industrialists
      d. professional and managerial leaders


      3. 1940ís - 1966

       
      a. capitalism revitalized
      b. national Trust for Historic Preservation
      c. adaptive Reuse


      4. 1966 - 1989

       
      a. tree National Historic Preservation Acts
      b. response and development S. 1990ís
      c. historic Architectural Review Boards
      d. preservation in Virginia


    C. Historic Preservation Philosophy

       
      1. terms, Definitions and parameters
      2. guidelines: a. what to preserve and inventory
      b. methodology


    D. Introduction to the Methodology and documentation for Historic Preservation

       
      1. historic Architectural Review Boards (HARB) requirements
      2. historic and planning Commission requirements
E. The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) 1. planning a. literature search
b. reconnaissance
c. methodology
2. fieldwork a. literature and deed search
b. visual survey
3. analysis of data
F. Report Writing
1. methodology
2. historical overview
3. recommendations for future work
4. bibliography/inventory
Revised 9/97

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