History of Art and Architecture

HAA 1920 Intro to Historic Preservation

This course explores the goals, methods, and practice of historic preservation in the United States through a variety of historical, theoretical, and practical points of view. Through intensive reading, class discussion, field trips, case studies, and guest speakers representing various sectors of the preservation community in Pittsburgh, the course investigates such topics as: (1) the influence of historic preservation in the built environment; (2) philosophies and politics of preservation; (3) 'reading' buildings and landscapes for their cultural meanings; (4) protecting historic places and documenting their significance.*