Departmental Papers (Historic Preservation)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

March 1993


Reproduced with the permission of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, 1156 15th St., NW, Suite 2320 Washington, DC 20005;; Published in Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, Volume 32, Issue 1, Spring 1993, pages 15-21.


The conservation of immovable cultural property-outdoor monuments, buildings, archaeological sites, and landscapes-is a relatively recent profession, yet one that has grown out of earlier 19th-century restoration theories. Although part of the broader conservation context, architectural conservation presents unique problems due to the issues of context, immobility, size, scale, and complexity of use and materials. These issues are examined with respect to established standards for the examination, documentation, and treatment of traditional historic and artistic works.



Date Posted: 26 November 2007

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