When appraising heritage buildings, one should seek out and ascertain the following list of attributes:
- Structural integrity
- Distinguish original fabric from later additions
- Assess quantum of modifications
- Identify zones of significance
- Provenance – the original date of construction/ manufacture
- Manufactured elements vs. hand-crafted items
- Uniqueness (aspects thereof)
- Regional influences
- Availability of materials at the time the subject building was built
Once this has been done, decisions about modifying the building fabric can be made – but not before.
In next week’s blog, we will ask “What is Significance?” The following types of cultural built heritage significance will be discussed;
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