Historic structures are a tangible connection to the past. Visit any historic district and you can’t help but feel an enhanced sense of place. But the benefits of historic preservation go far beyond ambiance or the aesthetic appeal of older buildings.
Energy and environment
Restoring historic structures generally consumes less energy and fewer resources than demolition and new construction. Moreover, older buildings are often designed to make efficient use natural light, cross-ventilation, and minimal heating systems.
Culture and tourism
Historic architecture is a cultural asset. It enhances the quality of life of residents and appeals to visitors. Historic districts can be a major tourist attraction.
Historic buildings are often highly desirable real estate. Studies have shown that properties in historic districts tend to appreciate faster and retain their value better than similar properties outside of historic districts.
Restoring older buildings can breathe new life into historic downtowns, village centers, and commercial districts. Walkable communities with convenient public transportation reduce auto emissions and help contain suburban sprawl.