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Historic Preservation in the United States

The conservation of the built heritage in the United States is a complicated and multifaceted field that reflects our history, our specific type of federated government as established by our Constitution, the size of our country and our cultural diversity.

The rise of public interest in the conservation of heritage sites, plus a somewhat natural propensity towards understanding the weight of our history has meant that the preservation movement and the preservation ethic permeate all levels of our society and government. Our success in the field is hard to measure and even harder to describe.

The following discussion of preservation in the United States was written by Gustavo Araoz. Select one of the links below to expand a specific section.