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The Architecture of Interpretation

The Architecture of Interpretation

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 THE ARCHITECTURE OF INTERPRETATIONPeter AndersonSubmitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degreeMaster of Science in Historic PreservationGraduate School of Architecture, Planning and PreservationColumbia UniversityOctober 2007Advisor: Theodore H. M. PrudonReaders: Paul Bentel, Michael J. Mills, Robert Twombly
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- Albert EinsteinIn the dim light at the top of the stairway, the antique molding planes crowd side-by-side on makeshift wooden shelves like small, thin, earth-toned volumes in the library of some antiquarian scholar. Scores of these well-worn tools range along the narrowcorridor of the carriage house attic that serves as an office for Historic New England, theoldest preservation organization in the country.
The tools are a benefactor’s gift from one generation to another. They are still
occasionally used when construction projects do not require large quantities of machine- produced, architectural millwork. Like oral history projected across time by traditionalstorytellers, architecture sustains comprehension through the utility of tools linkingcraftsmanship past to present. It is this connection between old and new that enlightensexperience and enhances appreciation. It is the role that interpretation plays in giving purpose to the practice of preservation.
 

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