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Meet a Volunteer historic bridge restoration volunteer
Diana Barbera-Horwitz
So pleased with the results of one workshop, she just had to try another, Diana credits:
The people, the people, the people -- the team effort was exceptional.
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Why Preservation

We are as passionate about saving historic buildings as we are about the many reasons for saving them. Read on to learn about the compelling benefits historic preservation provides and why we say preservation is a powerful tool for change.

Did you know that reusing an existing building can actually help an entire community reduce its carbon footprint?

A 2011 report from Preservation Green Lab also found that it could take from 10-80 years for a new building to be a net positive on climate change, even using energy efficient technology. These are two of the many reasons we at AiP believe historic preservation is important in building a sustainable future.

Adventures in Preservation has been part of the effort to be kind to our planet since 2001 by saving remarkable historic buildings for integrated community use. Our volunteers re-plaster, repoint, repair and restore architectural heritage in the United States, Kosovo, Albania, Ghana, Italy and more.

Did you know that reusing a building creates more jobs than building a new one?

major benefits of historic preservation include job creation, training masons at hands-on projectStudy after study has confirmed this and many other economic benefits of historic preservation. In new construction, a project can be broken down into 50% labor and 50% materials. In a typical rehabilitation project, 70% of the total cost is labor. Adaptive reuse projects are especially powerful in generating long-term job opportunities.

Communities throughout the world are eager to work with AiP volunteers to keep their historic buildings in use through the ecologically friendly practice of historic preservation.

Did you know that preserving historic buildings preserves a community’s identity and boosts its earning power?

In a well-received TEDx talk, Urban Land Institute scholar Ed McMahon made the case that in today’s economy, the quality of place matters the most. The more a community enhances its distinctiveness – architectural, cultural, artistic – the more people want to go there, which is the essence of tourism.

Since AiP began working in the World Heritage City of Gjirokastra, Albania, heritage tourism is up, with new restaurants in the bazaar and cosy B&Bs opening in the city’s distinctive tower houses, spurring additional public and private restoration projects.

Did you know historic buildings serve as a record of human creativity and ingenuity?

Benefits of historic preservation include preserving the vernacularVernacular buildings reflect local designs developed over time to address the environment, the landscape, and the economy of using local materials. Polite architecture reflects changes in style, design, and technology over time. Collectively, historic buildings showcase human achievements and remind us of where we’ve been.

AiP volunteers helped the Francis Mill Preservation Society restore the Francis Grist Mill, a charming example of the Carpenter Gothic in rural North Carolina. In just three years, they brought the structure from a state of near collapse to a being fully functioning industrial heritage site that hosts school groups from around the region.

Did you know that once a historic building is gone, it’s gone forever?

You can help our project communities reap all the benefits of historic preservation while you enjoy a great hands-on learning experience. Come join an adventure in preservation and Learn, Explore and Preserve.

Put your hands on history – you’ll be glad you did!