What Do the Standards Mean to You? A Debate on Interpretation

A session by Abigail Christman and Mark Rodman
City and County of Denver and Michigan Historic Preservation Network

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About this session

While the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards provide the basis for preservation practice in the U.S., the Standards leave a lot of room for interpretation. Evolving preservation practice, the level of significance of resources under review, community pressure, economics, and feasibility are just a few of the factors that may influence the way a commission interprets the Standards.

This interactive session will present a series of contemporary case studies for debate. Speakers will demonstrate the wide range of Standards interpretations through lively debates presenting the pro and con arguments for each case study. Polls will be used for attendee input.