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Rescuing Our Past

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Rescuing Our Past The Role of Sense of Place in the Preservation of Residential Interiors
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University of Florida
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Interior Design
Committee Chair:
Torres Antonini, Maruja A.
Committee Members:
Graham, Roy E.
Graduation Date:
8/8/2009

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Buildings ( jstor )
Easements ( jstor )
Geographical perception ( jstor )
Historic buildings ( jstor )
Historic preservation ( jstor )
Homes ( jstor )
Houses ( jstor )
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Interior Design -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
design, historic, housing, interior, place, preservation, rehabilitation, sense
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Interior Design thesis, M.I.D.

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RESCUING OUR PAST: THE ROLE OF SENSE OF PLACE IN THE PRESERVATION OF RESIDENTIAL INTERIORS Historic residential interiors are being lost due to multiple causes. There are several strategies for fighting this loss including government supported financial incentives for rehabilitation or restoration as well as individual efforts to recreate ?historic? interiors. The purpose of this thesis is to examine some of the reasons that might explain the restoration, preservation or reconstruction of residential interiors. Despite of the wide availability of financial incentives for their preservation, these initiatives are rarely used and historic residential interiors continue to be lost. Counteracting this phenomenon, some individuals are motivated enough to attempt saving interiors of the past on their own terms, and chose to create interiors to match their own interpretation of the history of their house. Case study research was conducted to describe and help explain individual choices in rehabilitating or restoring residential interiors. Case studies are well suited to examine contemporary phenomena within their real-life context. Cases were controlled for single family house owners living in houses generally referred to as ?historic.? Semi-structured informal interviews following approved protocols inquired about homeowner reasons for rehabilitating or restoring their house interiors. The case study participants emotional attachment, and identification with, their house were examined through interview questions and use of environmental autobiography methods. The information was then interpreted and a cross-case analysis was generated to identify recurring connections between psychosocial factors and the interpretive recreation of house interiors. This thesis summarizes the theoretical background, method and results of this study, and findings from the case studies suggesting possible answers to the question: Why do people preserve, through rehabilitation, restoration or reconstruction, residential interiors of the past? ( en )
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The case study subjects were asked a series of questions to try and determine if they had

rehabilitated, restored or reconstructed either the interior and/or the architecture of their house

because they felt it matched their sense of self. As defined before, sense of self is reflected in

how individuals identify with certain environments and define themselves by their experiences

with those environments (Kopek, 2006). Subject 1 rehabilitated her house. She saw the

potential in the house and wanted to bring out its inner beauty; "I guess from a psychological

standpoint, I saw the potential in myself and I saw the potential in the house." Subject 2 said

when he drove by the house he was immediately attracted to the house. Subject 3 said that he

too was immediately attracted to both his house in town and the rental property he owns.

Subjects 4 and 5 made no specific comment about immediately feeling a connection with their

houses but each felt their house was a reflection of their personality. All of the subjects felt the

most comfortable in their own house. It appears that some individuals do choose historic or

potentially historic houses because the building matches their sense of self as seen in Table 5-3.

However, it appears that there is also an impetus for some individuals to purchase them because

the exterior speaks to their sense of self, and then modify their residential interiors to achieve

even better congruence.

Another topic of interest in this study is the view of the worthiness of the house as an

influence on the subjects' choice to rehabilitate, restore or recreate the architecture or the interior

of their house (see table 5-4). As stated earlier the worthiness of residential interior has been

linked to physical features contributing to visual richness such as decoration, natural materials,

curves, articulated walls, distinctiveness, and mystery. Subject 2 said he had always liked the

Colonial style and his view of the house's worthiness influenced him to recreate the interiors.

Subject 3 claimed his house in Atlanta and his farm property in Lithonia were worthy of









the basis for two different houses; one is a shingle style and the other, the case study house, was

stuccoed and converted to Mediterranean Colonial style.

The house was in extreme disrepair in 2007 when Subject 1 purchased the house with her

husband. The house had extreme termite damage, wood rot and structural issues. However,

since the house used to be a barn the beams are approximately 3 ft x 3 ft in section and were able

to withstand damage. The house has undergone extensive rehabilitation: it was stripped to the

wall studs and frames and was rebuilt. The house was lifted so new footers and perimeter beams

could be installed; also all of the systems (electric, plumbing, and HVAC) were replaced as well.

However, the owners have kept the original floors and windows. While the level of intervention

on the house appears severe, the owners actually removed years of inappropriate divisions made

to it. Subject 1 said she had an image of an open Mediterranean villa as the best way to

maximize the space, light and openness of the house, illustrated in Figure 5-1. Subject 1 did no

research on any specific period or style and purposefully chose not to use reproductions of

finishes. For her, those things make the home more about the individual's ego and take away

from it being a home; since she has small children she was concerned that the house not feel

formal or museum-like.

Subject 1 views the idea of sense as place as relating to concept of home as sanctuary. For

her, her house is a barrier acting as both protection and a way of controlling who she comes into

contract with. Subject 1 believes that when people see her house they see it as a reflection of her

success. First and foremost though, she views her house in terms of her family. When asked

about her feelings towards her house, Subject 1 felt that her house represents how connected her

family is. She said, "We are a big family and this is a big house. We have a lot that we want to











State Name of Total Total Total Total
Name Easement Number of Number of Number of Number of
Holding Easements Interior Residential Interior
Organizations held by Easements Preservation Residential
Organization held by Easements Preservation
Organization Easements
KY Jefferson NR
County Office
of Historic
Preservation
& Archives
Kentucky 8 8 4 4
Trust for
Historic
Preservation,
Inc.
River Fields, 22 1 6 1
Inc.
LA Louisiana NR
Division of
Archaeology
Preservation 115 0 64 0
Resource
Center of
New Orleans
Vieux Carre 19 0 16 0
Commission
ME Harpswell NR
Heritage Land
Trust
Maine NR
Historic
Preservation
Commission
Maine 25 3 7 3
Preservation
MD Historic 150 15 139 9
Annapolis
Foundation









Would it be acceptable to you, in order to receive a financial incentive for rehabilitation

work on your house, to have to follow guidelines stating what could or could not be done

to it? Why?

Questions related to place identity and place attachment

What does the phrase "sense of place" mean to you? Do you feel a "sense of place" in

your house? Why?

Can you describe some place from your past and/or childhood where you felt at home?

Is there any place in your house now that has a similar feeling to it?

What do you think others can tell about you from visiting your house?

What do you think others can tell about you from visiting your house?

How do you feel when you are a visitor to someone else's house vs. when you are at your

own house?

Would you consider moving to a new house? Why or why not?

What do you feel your house says about you?

What made you want to preserve your house? Can you describe what is it about your

house that makes you want to/made you preserve it?

Drawing exercise

Please draw a symbol of what your house means to you whatever core image comes to

your mind put in the center of the page and continue with whatever other images, colors,

shapes, or words emerge. If any other houses or dwellings flash through your mind as

you do this a grandparent's house, a current neighbor's home, a childhood place. Note

which room or image or shape or word seemed to trigger that memory. Be aware of any

sensations in your body as you do this. Are you conscious of any feelings of warmth or









elements that he felt were missing from the house, such as crown molding, chair rails and

wainscoting, seen in Figure 5-2, that were not originally in the house. The interiors of the house

are recreations of Colonial Williamsburg style. Subject 2 did research reading books on the style


Figure 5-2. Case Study House Interiors. Photographs of Subject 2's house. A) View of Living
Room. B) View of Dining Room. C) View of Kitchen

to ensure that new features such as the wainscoting and built in cabinetry were designed to be

true to the Colonial period. He also used reproduction paints and wallpapers. When recreating

the interiors of his house, he wanted it to be beautiful and attempt to bring out the original

designer's intent however the finishes chosen are true to the Colonial Williamsburg style but not

Colonial Revival style.









APPENDIX F
EASEMENTS BY ORGANIZATIONS


BY STATE


State Name of Total Total Total Total
Easement Number of Number of Number of Number of
Holding Easements Interior Residential Interior
Organizations held by Easements Preservation Residential
Organization held by Easements Preservation
Organization Easements
AL The Alabama 85 25 58 19
Historical
Commission


Mobile
Historic
Development
Commission
None

None

None

San Francisco
Architectural
Heritage
Colorado
Historical
Foundation
Historic
Denver, Inc

Historic
Georgetown,
Inc
Yampa Valley
Land Trust
Connecticut
Trust for
Historic
Preservation


NA1


1 NA Not Available









Fam iliarity, security, em otional com fort............................................................... 44
D destruction of interiors .............................................. ........ ......................... 45
N nostalgia ....................................................................................................... ..... 46
N narrative ....................................................................................................... ....... 47
S u m m ary ................... ...................4...................8..........

3 M E T H O D O L O G Y ........................................................................................................... 4 9

Sen se of self ........................................................................................................ 5 1
W o rth in e ss ................................................................................................................. 5 1
Place attach ent ...................................................................... ........ 53
N o stalg ia ............................................................................... 5 4

4 C A SE ST U D Y .....................................................56

Case Study Background ............................................. 56
Case Study 1 G ainesville, FL .............................................................. 59
C ase Study 2 G ainesville, FL ................................................................................... 62
Case Study 3 Lithonia, G A .......................................................... 64
C ase Study 4 A tlanta, G A ............................................................66
Case Study 5 Carnesville, G A ............................................................. 67
Environmental Autobiographies..................... ......... .......... 69
C ro ss C a se A n aly sis ............................................................................................................... 7 4

5 CON CLU SION .... .................................................83

APPENDIX

A NUMBER OF SINGLE FAMILY HOMES BY AGE ...................................... ...............87

B LEGISLATION FOR STATE REHABILITATION TAX CREDIT FOR
H O M E O W N E R S ........................................................................................88

C NUMBER OF HOUSES THAT USED STATE REHABILITATION TAX CREDIT
FOR HOMEOWNERS BY STATE ............... ............... ......... 91

D NUMBER OF SINGLE FAMILY HOUSES (2006) COMPARED TO TOTAL
NUMBER OF APPROVED SINGLE FAMILY HOUSES THAT HAVE USED
STATE REHABILITATION tax credit, by state ........ .......................... 93

E STATES WITH EASEMENT ENABLING LEGISLATION AND NUMBER OF
EASEMENT HOLDING ORGANIZATIONS ..........................................94

F EASEMENTS BY ORGANIZATIONS BY STATE.................................. ............... 96

G TOTAL NUMBER OF SINGLE FAMILY HOUSES (2006) COMAPERD TO TOTAL
NUMBER OF RESIDENTIAL EASEMENTS .............................................. 108









interesting to me anymore. Too many people suffered to live that way. The only guy that won

was the man, the white man. Everybody else suffered so he could live comfortably. Nostalgia is

not that fun and people need to look back at and be honest". Subject 3 states he has grown to be

less nostalgic about his house and respect and honor it for what it is, and likes it aesthetically.

Case Study 4 Atlanta, GA

Subject 4 lives in a 106 year old house located in the Grant Park historic district in Atlanta,

GA (NPS Atlanta, 2009). Subject 4 is an attorney in her mid 40s and lives in the house with her

husband and her father. The interview was not conducted at Subject 4's house so photographs

were not taken. According to Subject 4, the house was built in 1903 in Grant Park which was

part of the first suburban neighborhood in Atlanta. She describes her house as a Victorian

Foursquare Bungalow, the house has an 8 ft wide central hall with 14 ft high ceilings and the

rooms located off of the central hall. The house has Victorian features such as wood moldings

and tall ceilings, wooden floors, double sliding doors for the salon, and four fireplaces.

The interiors of Subject 4's house are "historic" recreations. When she saw the house, she

was surprised to find that the house had not been subdivided into smaller rooms. The house

survived years of insensitive rehabilitations: the front porch had been removed, the original wood

roof shingles had been covered over the years with four different roof layers, and the walls were

covered with sheet rock, but all of the original woodwork was in place. The house had to have

all of its systems replaced. The support for the house and retaining walls for the basement also

had to be redone.

Subject 4 views sense of place in terms of connections, for her it is about being "part of

something that is larger than you, however which is also a part of you". She has always been

attracted to and more interested in things that were from the past. Subject 4 grew up in a

Spanish Colonial town in South America where houses surrounded the town center. The lack of









other four subjects were examined to see what the participants viewed as important. The core

symbol for Subject 1 of what her house means to her was a heart (see Figure 5-5). Her drawing

included children playing and wrote the words "family", "love", "playing" and "happy". She

also drew smiling faces around the picture as for her house is vibrant and full of warmth and

comfort. One of the important things to her was the happy memories that her children will grow

up with living in this house; as she said this she drew a jungle gym. She drew wings on the

heart, because "the whole point of a home is so that your kids can get confidence and fly away."

Then across the heart with wings she wrote "memories for children". Subject 1's drawing

reflects her love of her family and the importance of creating a space for her children to develop

happy memories of childhood.






















Figure 5-5. Environmental Autobiography drawing Subject 1

The core symbol for Subject 3 was a box within a box (see Figure 5-6). He was thinking

of his house in Atlanta which he feels a very personal connection to, for him, he feels kindred

with the house as though it is a second skin. However, the house is located in an unsafe









Since neither of these incentives are greatly used this indicates that people are not being

driven by incentives to preserve their historic residences. The number of certified historic

residences that are preserved through these methods is very minimal. The number of recreated

or reconstructed period interiors is unknown since this data is not tracked; however, experience

suggests that this number may not be negligible. In light of this evidence, the question is, Are

there perhaps psychosocial factors that drive people to preserve-through rehabilitation,

restoration or reconstruction-residential interiors of the past?











State Name of Total Total Total Total
Easement Number of Number of Number of Number of
Holding Easements Interior Residential Interior
Organizations held by Easements Preservation Residential
Organization held by Easements Preservation
Organization Easements
MD Maryland 961 21 Unknown Unknown
Environmental
Trust
Maryland NR
Historic Trust
Peerless 4 2 1 0
Rockville
Historic
Preservation,
Ltd.
MA Cambridge 45 1 18 1
Historical
Commission
The Trustees 322 0 100 0
of
Reservations
MI Michigan 104 25 14 2
Historical
Center
MN None 0 0 0 0

MS Mississippi 913 913 Unknown
Department of
Archives and
History
Vicksburg 3 3 3 3
Foundation for
Historic
Preservation
MO Landmarks NR
Historic Trust
Corporation
MT None 0 0 0 0











State Name of Total Total Total Total Number
Easement Number of Number of Number of of Interior
Holding Easements Interior Residential Residential
Organizations held by Easements Preservation Preservation
Organization held by Easements Easements
Organization
NY The Catskill NR
Center for
Conservation
and
Development
Landmark 37 18 31 14
Society of
Western New
York
Mohonk NR
Preserve, Inc.
New York 43 0 Unknown 0
Landmarks
Conservancy
Preservation 2 1 1 1
League of
New York
State
Saratoga 25 0 0 0
Springs
Preservation
Foundation
Society for the 8 8 8 8
Preservation
of Long Island
Antiquities
NC Capital Area 22 19 19 19
Preservation,
Inc
Conservation NA NA NA NA
Trust for
North Carolina









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appreciated the structure of the house with the large number of historic windows and the historic

24 ft long wood floors in the house. Subject 4 felt that an individual cannot make something

beautiful without putting their self into it. For her, rehabilitation, restoration and recreation are

about respecting the effort someone put into making a house. Previous research indicated that

individuals were more likely to purchase a historic house if it had been maintained (Gram-

Hanssen & Beth-Danielsen, 2004). Both Subjects 1 and 5 said they saw the potential in the

house. When Subject 1 was speaking of her house she elaborated on the untapped beauty and

potential she saw in the house and which was what made her want to rehabilitate the house. For

her it was about bringing out the potential in her house and giving something back to the

neighborhood. For Subject 1, the idea was that an individual can repair rather than replace a

house and "restore and bring vitality back to something that had lost it". Subject 5 said she has

always liked to fix things that were "messed up and broken and see the potential in them".

Narrative, as defined earlier, is an individual attaching ideas to their intangible memories

of the past; some use possessions to strengthen this attachment. Both Subject 3 and Subject 5

were aware of individual's propensity to believe a narrative and that people have a tendency to

look at the past but they do not seem to take into account its realities. Subject 3 stated it most

succinctly "...Nostalgia is not interesting to me anymore. Too many people suffered to live that

way. The only guy that won was the man, the white man. Everybody else suffered so he could

live comfortably. That nostalgia is not fun and people need to look back at the past and be

honest." When Subject 5 found physical evidence of a child's handprint in a brick it made her

realize that there was more to think about than who owned and lived in the house. She started

thinking about how these houses were built by slaves but how the legacy is about the owners and

not the individuals whose labor built this culture. Nostalgia is a double edge sword for while it









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Figure 3-1. Role of sense of self in decision making for homeowners.


were four possible conditions as listed in Figure 3-2 that could exist which were: 1) either the


house was considered worthy of rehabilitation, restoration or recreation and both the architecture


and interior are rehabilitated, restored or reconstructed; 2) the house was considered worthy of


rehabilitation, restoration or recreation but the only the architecture of the house was


rehabilitated, restored or reconstructed not the interior; 3) the house was not considered worthy


of rehabilitation, restoration or recreation but the architecture and residential interiors are still


rehabilitated, restored or reconstructed; or finally, 4) the house was not considered worthy of


rehabilitation, restoration or recreation and the homeowners rehabilitated, restored or


reconstructed neither the architecture nor the interior.


These conditions may shed light on whether people rehabilitate, restore or reconstruct


structures based on their view of a structure as valuable. The premise behind this is that if a


house deemed worthy by virtue of its style, decor, or other architectural characteristics,


homeowners are more likely to rehabilitate, restore or reconstruct it.


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neighborhoods being developed. In 1925, M.M. Parrish began development of several

neighborhoods including Highland Heights (the "Duck Pond Neighborhood") (Alachua County

Library, 2009). Both of the interviews conducted in Gainesville, FL were in the Duck Pond

neighborhood which is located in Northeast Gainesville.

The third interview took place in Lithonia, GA which is part of the Greater Atlanta area.

Lithonia, located 20 miles east of Atlanta, was one of the first three cities founded in DeKalb

County (DeKalb History Center, 2009). According to the DeKalb History Center (2009), the

early settlers were of English, Scotch and Irish descent and were poor, hardworking small

farmers coming from Virginia and the Carolinas. This area was never part of the plantation

system as other parts of the state were (DeKalb History Center, 2009).

The fourth interview took place in Atlanta, GA. The city originally began as the terminal

point for the Western and Atlantic Railroads in 1837 (NPS Atlanta, 2009). Eight years later, the

city was renamed Atlanta. During the Civil War, Union General William Sherman burned about

70% of the city (NPS Atlanta, 2009). The city rapidly rebuilt and grew after the Civil War.

During this time Grant Park, one of Atlanta's oldest neighborhoods, was founded. Colonel

Lemuel P. Grant owned vast land holdings in the city and in 1883 he donated 100 acres toward

what was the city's first large scale park (NPS Atlanta, 2009). The Olmstead Brothers helped

plan the park's landscape. The neighborhood that developed from the late 19t to early 20th

century includes commercial clusters, schools and churches, as well as Victorian mansions

overlooking the park, modified Queen Anne houses, one story Victorian cottages and Craftsman

bungalows (NPS Atlanta, 2009).

The fifth interview was conducted in Carnesville, GA which is located approximately 85

miles northeast of Atlanta, GA. Carnesville is the seat of Franklin County which was created in











State Name




Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming


Has Enabling
Legislature allowing for
Historic Preservation
Easements
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes


Has Enabling Legislature Number of
that allows Preservation of Easement
Interior Spaces Holding
Organization
No 2
No 1
No 0
No 0
No 1
No 4
Yes 2
No 1
No 8
Yes 5
Yes 1
No 3
No 0
No 1
No 2
No 1
No 6
No 1
No 3
No 4
No 1
No 1
No 3
No 4
No 0
No 1
No 0


TOTAL









H PARTICIPANT CONSENT LETTER.......... ... ........... .................. 110

I INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ........................................................... .. ............... 112

L IST O F R E F E R E N C E S ..................................................................................... ..................116

B IO G R A PH IC A L SK E T C H ......................................................................... ........................ 123
















































7











State Name State Rehabilitation Tax State Rehab Tax Credit Percent of State
Credit for Homeowners includes Interior Rehab Tax
and Year of Enactment Preservation Credit for
homeowners


Louisiana


Maine

Maryland
Massachusetts

Michigan
Minnesota

Mississippi
Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey

New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania


YES (2006)


No rehabilitation tax
credit for homeowner
YES (1997)
No rehabilitation tax
credit for homeowner
YES(1999)
No rehabilitation tax
credit
YES (2006)
No rehabilitation tax
credit for homeowner
No rehabilitation tax
credit for homeowner
No rehabilitation tax
credit
No state income tax
No state income tax
No rehabilitation tax
credit
YES (1984)
YES (2007)
YES (1988)
YES (2000)
No rehabilitation tax
credit for homeowner
No rehabilitation tax
credit for homeowner
No rehabilitation tax
credit
No rehabilitation tax
credit


DOI


10% 25%
dependent on
owners adjusted
gross income
NA


DOI
NA

DOI
NA

DOI
NA


20%
NA

25%
NA

25%
NA


DOI
DOI
DOI
DOI
NA


50%
20%
30%
25%
NA









which usually provides a sense of continuity and so reinforces self identity (Kopek, 2006). An

individual's identity is partially derived from place since "places embody social symbols"

(Twigger-Ross et al., 2003, p. 210). Places are a repository for accumulated memories, values

and preferences for generations of users (Proshansky, Fabian, & Kaminoff, 1983). Since place

identity evolves from the past experiences with places, the individual is able to adapt these prior

experiences to behavior and expectations in the present. It should be noted that place identity,

like sense of self and social identity, is fluid and complex and is modified and changed with each

experience.

Place can refer to any environment a person encounters in their lives whether natural or

man made. As stated earlier, place is the backdrop against which people's lives are enacted.

Individuals are usually unaware of the attitudes and preferences which influence their response

to the physical world (Proshansky et al., 1983). Individuals may be unconscious of why they

choose to live in a older building. Some theories posit that place identity refers to home as the

center point of existence and involves the degree to which important activities revolve around the

home (Proshansky et al., 1983). Then old houses may, conscious or unconsciously, become a

way to convey information about the individual to themselves and to others through territorial

marking and personalization (Steele, 1981).

Territorial marking

The main aspect of a personal place is that it is viewed as the domain of an individual

who is in control of the space; it is also a place where the individual feels confident and has

altered the place to reflect his or her identity (Gifford, 2002; Steele, 1981). The places where

individuals most identify have clearly defined boundaries; one of architecture's goals is to

establish a territory for an individual or group which they can use to set them apart from others

(Moore et al., 1974). Territoriality also serves to control privacy by limiting access to the










State Name of Total Total Total Total Number
Easement Number of Number of Number of of Interior
Holding Easements Interior Residential Residential
Organizations held by Easements Preservation Preservation
Organization held by Easements Easements
Organization
PA Preservation 220 6 125 3


Alliance for
Greater
Philadelphia
Rhode Island
Historical
Preservation
& Heritage
Commission
Historic
Beaufort
Foundation
Historic
Charleston
Foundation
Historic
Columbia
Foundation
Nation Ford
Land Trust
The Palmetto
Trust for
Historic
Preservation
The
Preservation
Society of
Charleston
Preserve
South Dakota


100




30


236


2










State Name of Total Total Total Total Number
Name Easement Number of Number of Number of of Interior
Holding Easements Interior Residential Residential
Organizations held by Easements Preservation Preservation
Organization held by Easements Easements
Organization
Historic New 74
England
National NR
Architectural
Trust
The National 103 Unknown Unknown unknown
Trust for
Historic
Preservation
The Nature NA NA NA NA
Conservancy
Trust for NA NA NA NA
Public Land
TOTAL 9398 2616 1241 165









can elicit feelings of comfort and security these feelings are often in lieu of a willingness to face

the changes of the future (Kopek, 2006). It appears that both nostalgia and narrative may play an

active role in why some individuals rehabilitate, restore or recreate the interiors of their house.

Subjects 1, 3, and 5 said they did not view themselves as nostalgic yet they were all attracted to

historic buildings. Subjects 1 and 5 mentioned seeing the potential in the interiors of their house

which may relate more directly to sense of self since neither saw this self as nostalgic. Perhaps

sense of self and place have a more active role in preservation than nostalgia.

While each case study participant appreciated various aspects of the "historic" houses they

lived in, the "historically" reconstructed interiors made some participants think of a house

museum. Subject 1 for example didn't want a period renovation of her house since she viewed

them as sterile; she didn't want to do anything she felt was "ostentatious or pretentious" which to

her meant using vintage wall paper. For her, the idea of historically recreating the interiors using

period finishes would have made her house feel staged and inaccessible, as in a museum. While

Subject 2 did research to ensure the "historic" recreation of the interiors was true to historic

Colonial Williamsburg style. He used reproductions of Colonial Williamsburg wall papers and

colors. Subject 3 thinks it is not practical to maintain a historic property as a museum piece. He

believes that historic residences need to be places where people live amongst historic

architecture but still can have a modern lifestyle. Subject 4 did not raise this issue up in the

interview; however, her interiors are "historic" recreations. Lastly, Subject 5 said she wanted to

bring the spirit of the period back however she would feel uncomfortable if everything in the

house was a period recreation. While the paint colors she has chosen are similar to the ones that

were originally used she said "I think you can have contemporary furnishings that have the feel

of the period through the quality or the sense of formality". It would appear that an individual's










APPENDIX A
NUMBER OF SINGLE FAMILY HOMES BY AGE1


Year Structure Built
2005 to 2009
2000 to 2004
1995 to 1999
1990 to 1994
1985 to 1989
1980 to 1984
1975 to 1979
1970 to 1974
1960 to 1969
1950 to 1959
1940 to 1949
1930 to 1939
1920 to 1929
1919 or earlier
Total


Total
2,964,000
6,344,000
6,189,000
4,988,000
5,267,000
4,198,000
7,860,000
5,759,000
8,979,000
8,382,000
4,423,000
3,062,000
2,676,000
4,555,000
75,647,000


1 family detached
2,471,000
5,029,000
4,492,000
3,775,000
3,899,000
2,955,000
6,408,000
4,453,000
8,099,000
8,015,000
4,062,000
2,688,000
2,265,000
3,901,000
62,512,000


1 family attached
235,000
449,000
336,000
347,000
479,000
349,000
424,000
266,000
185,000
167,000
156,000
162,000
185,000
301,000
4,042,000


1 Data taken from American Housing Survey Table 3-25. Units in Structure by Selected Characteristics--Owner-
Occupied Units. Information compiled for U.S. Census Bureau
American Housing Survey (2008). Units in Structure by Selected Characteristics-Owner Occupied Units. Retrieved
from http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/housing/ahs/ahs07/tab3-25.pdf on November 1, 2008









APPENDIX I
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Homeowner information:

Name

Age

Gender

Occupation

Household composition:

Number of member's ages:

Genders:

Occupations:

Relationship to owner

Building information:

Address:

Age of building:

Square footage:

Approximate cost of purchase:

Questions relating to house period and owner knowledge of the house history

What period/style does your house belong to?

What year was your house built?

Can you give me a brief historical background on your house, including year built and

historical period and style it belongs to?









sadness, any sensation of relaxation or tension? Imagining that this picture is your friend

and start to tell it how you feel.

Questions related to nostalgia and place attachment

What made you purchase your house?

What do you think your house represents about you/your household members?

What does the design of your house say about you/your household members?

How does the design of your house make you feel?

Do you feel your house reflects this? Why?

Is there a particular room that represents you and/or your household members?

How would you define nostalgia?

Do you view yourself as nostalgic?

Do you acknowledge having nostalgic feelings associated to your house?









Subject 2 believes that sense of place is means being comfortable at home. When asked to

define nostalgia, he thought it referred to remembering past times. While he never lived in an

older house, his grandfathers were craftsmen and his mother loved Colonial Williamsburg style.

Perhaps because of this he feels nostalgic towards his house.

Case Study 3 Lithonia, GA

Subject 3 is in his early 40s. He owns a 100 year old house and property located in

Lithonia, GA. He purchased the house as an investment and runs a plant nursery from there. An

employee rents the house. However, Subject 3 answered the questions regarding sense of place,

place attachment and nostalgia thinking about the "historic" house he lives in Atlanta, GA. The

Lithonia house was constructed sometime in the 1890s with various older outbuildings located

on the property: a log cabin and corn crib built between 1830s and 1850s, and a barn that is

about 100 years old. According to Subject 3, the house was originally owned by a family called

the Housworth's who received the land in a grant in the 1790s. After the Civil War, the family

lost the land but was able to purchase it back into the family in the 1880s (Georgia Trust, 2009).

The Housworth family lived in the house until they sold it to Subject 3.

The house is a four square Carpenter Gothic or Folk Victorian style house. Originally the

front porch had more Queen Anne wood features which have since been removed. The exterior

has Queen Anne features but the interior of the house is southern vernacular. When Subject 3

purchased the house he said it looked like a "rental house" floors were carpeted, acoustic tiles

had been installed and there was faux wood paneling on the walls. Since purchasing the house,

Subject 3 stripped the interiors back to their historic state. Subject 3 describes the interiors of the

house as "very simple and very stark" with everything being handmade and "no frills". This is

illustrated in Figures 5-3.









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State Name


New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
Total


Number of homes that
have used SRTC
3
871
0
0
0
0
0
unknown
58
0
0
0
827
0
Unknown
0
42
4000
0
11397









1784 (Franklin County, 2009). Carnesville was named after Judge Thomas Peter Carnes, a

Revolutionary War lawyer and Congressman (Franklin County, 2009). There is not much else

known about this rural city.

The houses were divided into two categories to describe them. They were considered

either historic-the house is a certified historic structure either listed individually on the National

Register or has a preservation easement, or "historic"-the house is old but of no real historic

significance Per Table 5-1, the subject's houses were listed by criteria. Subject l's house was

previously listed individually on the National Register but appears to have been removed as it is

not listed in the National Register database; however, the house is still part of the Northeast

Gainesville Residential District. Subject 2's house is also part of the Northeast Gainesville

Residential District. Subject 1 and 2's houses will be referred to as "historic". Subject 3's house

has a preservation easement on the house and immediate yard. While there is no listing of the

house on the National Register, in order for the house to have qualified for any tax benefits it

would have had to receive a certificate of significance from the Department of the Interior.

Therefore Subject 3's house will be referred to as historic. Subject 4's house is located in the

Grant Park Historic District, which is listed on the National Register. However the house is not

listed individually, thus by the criteria laid out Subject 4's house will be referred to as "historic".

Lastly, Subject 5's house is individually listed on the National Register hence it will be referred

to as historic.

Subjects were also divided into categories depending on which preservation method they

used on the interior of the house, which can seen in table 5-2. Secretary of the Interior Standards

for the Treatment of Historic Properties definitions were the basis for this classification. Subject

1 undertook a rehabilitation of her house as she altered the "historic" building to meet continuing









renovations. There is a logical progression in houses from public to private areas which is a

reflection of the time and era in which the interior was built.

Insensitive rehabilitations

Insensitive rehabilitations, where the historic character of the interiors are damaged or

destroyed, are another reason why interiors of historic buildings are lost. During rehabilitations,

the interiors of buildings in general receive alterations. The Secretary of the Interior's Standards

for Rehabilitation's set a threshold at which replacement rather than repair of historic materials,

such as moldings and windows occurs. However, this threshold is set very low (Fisher, 1998).

Historic character is defined as "tangible architectural components that... convey the

building's sense of time and place" (Jandl, 1988, p. 1). These tangible elements of a building's

past which may include the building's floor plan, spaces and volumes, individual architectural

features, as well as the finishes and materials, are vulnerable because owners of a historic house

are private property owners and are under no obligation to preserve or maintain these elements.

"Gut rehabilitations", or "gut rehabs", are defined as the "removal, or gutting, of the

interior elements in a structure, leaving only the structural elements standing (Burden, 2004).

This trend is on the rise, as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates

that 1.8 million houses will be demolished nationwide during this decade due to redevelopment

efforts involving residential demolition and gut rehabilitation of older substandard housing.

However, it is not just substandard housing that is affected by gut rehabilitations. An example of

this can be seen in the historic district ofNantucket, MA. In 2000, Nantucket was placed on the

National Trust for Historic Preservation list of "America's 11 Most Endangered Places" because

of the increased threat to the island's houses due to development (National Trust for Historic

Preservation, 2007). Acknowledgement of this issue has prompted the National Park Service to

recommend a study to measure the impact of gut rehabilitations and poor restorations on the









individual. It implies that the ordering of rooms in a house responds to individual needs for

separation of public and private spaces (Moore et al., 1974). It is through the appropriation of

space that children learn about their identity and social relationships (Saegert, 1985). The

appropriation of space is part of both personalization and territoriality since both require the

individual to exercise control over the space (Giuliani, 2003).

Personalization

Possessions are another way of marking appropriation of spaces; they also increase an

individual's sense of being in control and security of their environment (Belk, 1992; Gifford,

2002). Possessions are generally objects whether small or large, from a paperweight to a house,

that an individual feels control over. Perhaps for some being in possession of an old house

provides a sense of control over their environment whether through rehabilitation or renovation.

Throughout history humans have modified their homes to ease burdens. Humans are the

only species which repeatedly transformed their surroundings to increase their understanding and

accomplishments (Hiss, 1990). Personalization is a way of marking a space with the individual's

identity (Gifford, 2002). Personalization through home improvement is a way of psychologically

creating spaces to meet the individual's needs. As stated earlier, personalization of the home is a

way of expressing an individual's identity. Home can also become part of an individual's

identity with the merging of person and place so that either person reflects place or place reflects

person. Individuals both give and receive their identities from their homes (Dovey, 1985). An

individual unites the material possessions of their life together with their dreams to make a house

their own (Moore et al., 1974). The interior of a house is a material manifestation of an

individual's personal identities as well as a mirror of the individual (Sparke, 2004). While

people choose surroundings that are congruent with their identity, they also modify their settings

increase congruency with their self image (Manzo, 2003). Individuals may rehabilitate or









connection with their houses. These drawings explored the link between the past and present

which can create a meaningful sense of place. (Allen, 2008, p. 39)

Another topic that came out of the drawings is the concept of "historic" as a museum.

Subject 2 did research to ensure the "historic" recreation of the interiors was true to historic

Colonial Williamsburg style and used reproductions of Colonial Williamsburg wall papers and

colors. Subject 3 thinks it is not practical to maintain a historic property as a museum piece. He

believes that historic residences need to be places where people live amongst historic

architecture but still can have a modern lifestyle. Subject 4 did not raise this issue in the

interview; however, her interiors are "historic" recreations. Lastly, Subject 5 said she wanted to

bring the spirit of the period back however she would feel uncomfortable if everything in the

house was a period recreation. While the paint colors she has chosen are similar to the ones that

were originally used she said "I think you can have contemporary furnishings that have the feel

of the period through the quality or the sense of formality". It should be acknowledged that

while acknowledging the past, revivals of past styles are not necessarily meant to be authentic

replications of past living conditions but an adaptation of the style to contemporary conditions

(Rybczyknski, 1986) It would appear that an individual's feelings towards the rehabilitation,

restoration or reconstruction of period interiors are mostly related to their attitudes to nostalgia

and their sense of self.

Cross Case Analysis

Several similarities surfaced when examining each case study in terms of the subject's

views towards sense of self, worthiness of architecture, sense of place and nostalgia. Other

themes emerged which appear to affect why homeowner's rehabilitate, restore or reconstruct

their interiors. These unexpected themes were: homebuyers seeing the inherent potential in a

house, narrative, and their perception of reconstructed interiors.









ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

It takes a village to write a thesis and I would like to thank everyone involved in helping

me write mine.

First I would like to thank my thesis advisor Professor Maruja Torres-Antonini for keeping

me on topic when I wandered. I would also like to thank my co-chair Professor Roy Graham for

first getting me interested in the field of historic preservation. I would also like to thank

Professor Peter Prugh, it is because of the lectures in Nantucket that I became aware of the effect

of gut rehabs on historic houses.

Next, I would like to thank all of the employees of the various State Historic Preservation

Office's and Easement organizations who took time to answer my questions. Special thanks to

Kate Ryan at the Georgia Trust for helping me arrange interviews.

To my friends, thank you for laughing with me and sometimes at me over the years. I

would especially like to thank both Christie Moore-Yonover and Jenifer Ruske for their

friendship, love and laughter since college. Also, I would like to thank Greg Fortner, Amanda

Zenteno and Vanessa Schneller for their years of friendship. Lastly, I want to thank Danielle

Palow, Iris Patten, James Wall, and Ryan Thompson for attempting to keep me sane throughout

the thesis process.

I would like to thank my adopted parents, Liz and Lee Synder, for their love and support.

Lastly, I would like to thank my mom for everything. I would not be the person I am today

without your love and support









activities from the house (Rybczynski, 1986). Prior to this time, the idea of a close knit nuclear

family did not exist since children were frequently sent to work as apprentices or servants as

soon as they were old enough (Rybczynski, 1986). Once houses were no longer the main

workplace, households grew smaller and contained only an individual family. This change

caused for houses to shift from being one or two large rooms to being further subdivided which

coincided with developing ideas of boundaries between the public and private realms in a

person's life (Rybczynski, 1986). Over the centuries, these ideas developed into rooms for

specific purposes and the arrangement of rooms to suit the intimacy gradient that developed

(Alexander, 1977). These layouts are part of the physical evidence reflecting the time they were

built and society's views on privacy. Historic residential buildings are evidence of the

progression of the ideas of family and privacy.

Practical reasons

One of the main reasons to rehabilitate and reuse historic structures besides emotional

reasons is the financial and environmental benefits of preservation, which are closely tied. The

financial benefits of reusing an historic building reside in their potential for creating direct jobs

and indirect revenue, for example from visitors to historic houses and districts (Rypkema, 1994).

First, preservation or rehabilitation of a house is labor intensive process that not only creates

construction jobs but also uses more highly skilled labor than traditional construction work.

These jobs help boost the local economy where the work is taking place by increasing the

income base which then affects the community as a whole as individuals spend their earned

money in their community (Rypkema, 1994). Another financial benefit is cultural heritage

tourism, which is defined as "traveling to experience the places, artifacts and activities that

authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present. It includes cultural, historic

and natural resources" (NTHPa, 2008). Cultural tourism is a growing industry. It includes









obtained cues about the previous inhabitant's social status, which may or may not be read the

same at the present. Some individuals may choose to align their social identity with older

residences as a tribute to what they perceive the social cues to represent.

The choice of a house to in live reflects how individuals ideally like to see themselves. The

motivation for choosing where to live is affected by several variables such as cost, location, and

socioeconomic status of neighborhood, style and upkeep but maybe the most important is the

symbolic role of the house as expression of social identity (Cooper Marcus, 1997; Gram-Hanssen

& Beth-Danielsen, 2004; Sirgy, Grzeskowiak, & Su, 2005; Wilson & Mackenzie, 2000). The

greater the match between home and neighborhood image, and the individual's actual and social

image of self, the more likely the homebuyer is to purchase the home (Sirgy et al., 2005).

Neighborhoods have a tendency to attract people of similar background and values, social-

economic status, stages of family life cycle, and career patterns. People have a tendency to

choose homes in neighborhoods that have people with similar self and social identity (Wilson &

Mackenzie, 2000).

The style of a house is a symbol that has social meaning that is continuously in flux. Every

material can be manipulated to express identity however exteriors can be misrepresentative due

to regulations while interiors are where individuals have the most freedom to express themselves

and create a sense of place identification (Kron, 1983). Individuals may choose to live in a old

house because of the congruence between the neighborhood and their image of self or perhaps

because of congruence between the interior shell of the house and their image of self.

Place identity

The difference between social identity and identification with place resides in the emphasis

placed on place and social groups (Twigger-Ross et al., 2003). Place identity is defined as how

"people incorporate a place into the larger concept of their own identities of senses and self"









The ornate frame she drew around the house may be symbolic of the Victorian details in her

house.























Figure 5-7. Environmental Autobiography drawing Subject 4

Lastly, the central image that Subject 5 drew when thinking about her house was a small

hand. When masons were working on the chimney they found a brick with a small child's hand

print. The brick had come from a plantation approximately 10 miles away and so it might have

been the hand print of a slave child. Finding this brick had a great impact on Subject 5, "It

started me thinking about houses in the south and who built the houses. It totally rotates your

way of thinking. There is a whole legacy but you only think of the owners". She also drew

images of her house including her stove. Subject 5 said she spent most of her time in the kitchen

but she added the caveat that it was the only room of the house that had been completed. She

drew an image of roof beams that were scribed with roman numerals and put together with

mortise-and-tenon construction. Subject 5 also drew an image of the wood ceilings that she had

stripped of previous layers of paint by hand, injuring her shoulder. Lastly, she drew a snake.









by controlling alterations and requiring maintenance; and lastly interior easements protect all or

part of building interiors (Maddex, 1990).

The fundamental concept of property ownership is the idea of fee-simple title which is the

legal right to ownership of land. A property owner's land rights include the ability to treat the

property as a marketable commodity (Morgan, 1999). However, a property owner can grant a

portion of their property rights in the form of an easement to an organization. The grantor and

grantee share stewardship of historic property under an easement agreement which is granted in

perpetuity so all subsequent owners are also bound to honor the easement agreement (Morgan,

1999). In the case of historic preservation easements, if the property is a "certified historic

structure" then the property owner is eligible for federal income and estate tax deductions

(Morgan, 1999). The property must be assessed by a qualified appraiser to determine the fair

market value before and after the easement is placed on the structure to determine the value of

the easement (NPS, 2008). The easement must meet certain qualifications put forward by the

IRS: the building or structure must be listed on the National Register of Historic Places or

located in an historic district and certified by the U.S. Dept of the Interior as being historically

significant. Also, the property must be made accessible to the public for a minimum of two days

a year. Lastly, to qualify for the annual federal tax deductible of up to 50% for the donation of a

preservation easement, the easement must cover the entire exterior of the building ("Pension

Protection Act of 2006," 2006).

Preservation easements can be written to cover either the exterior or the interior of a

building. They can help to protect buildings from demolition, neglect or insensitive alterations

as well as help ensure that property owner will maintain a certain level of maintenance on

property. Easements can help protect interiors when significance of the interiors is not fully









2003). Some people may preserve for feelings of nostalgia for the past and others may choose to

preserve historic buildings because they regard modern construction as uniform and therefore an

inadequate means for maintaining the individuality and identity they seek (Stipe, 2003). Finally

some may preserve historic buildings out of pragmatic or economic needs. In general, the

decision to preserve historic buildings is affected by social motives and these motives are

themselves shaped by social structure and experiences with the historic building (Bathel, 1996).

Preservation for Practical vs. Emotional Reasons

In the modem world, the idea that houses can be loved and beautiful has been eliminated
altogether. For most of the world's housing, the task of building houses has been reduced
to a grim business of facts and figures, an uphill struggle against the relentless surge of
technology and bureaucracy, in which human feeling has almost been forgotten. (Franklin,
2001, p.79)

For many centuries, houses have been viewed primarily as a shelter from the elements and

little attention was paid to their aesthetic design (Rybczynski, 1986). Originally houses were just

a shelter for sleeping but during the middle ages the house evolved to also be the primary

location of a family's business (Rybczynski, 1986). These buildings were simply designed and

could be either one large room where furniture was moved to suit individual needs, or a building

of several stories where business was conducted on street level and the upper level was where the

family and apprentices slept (Rybczynski, 1986). Today such buildings would be classified as

mixed use. As the Industrial era began business began to move out of private houses and into

commercial buildings, thus allowing residential buildings to be used for a single purpose.

Residential interiors began to change to accommodate newly developing notions of family and

privacy.

The idea of home as a place that reflected individual identity, privacy and comfort began in

Europe in the late 17th and 18th Centuries and in America in the late 18th/early 19th Centuries

(Matt, 2005, p. 16). The concept of the family home developed with the removal of business









examine different reactions to residential interiors and comparing new construction versus

historic structures. Further research could be done into how sense of self and sense of place

affect individual's willingness to preserve historic residential interiors. Another potential

research area is the concept of worthiness: How does an individual determine the worthiness of

a historic structure and what role does it play in their decision to rehabilitate a house? Lastly, the

role of worthiness of a historic residence for preservation could be examined in terms of its

existing condition and its effect on its possible purchase.









visiting properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as other historic

neighborhoods, districts, towns and villages. Cultural tourism attracts visitors to both large cities

and small towns (NTHPa, 2008). Studies have found that cultural heritage visitors "spend more

per day, stay longer, and visit more places than tourists in general" (Rypkema, 1994, p.2).

Individuals visit these places to experience "a place first hand using all of their senses" in order

to be "where history occurred" (Rypkema, 2005, p.78).

Historic preservation has many environmental benefits from reduction of materials in

landfills, the reuse of the embodied energy in buildings, the reduction of suburban sprawl, and

the conservation of energy. First, preservation of historic buildings reduces the amount of debris

entering the waste stream (Rypkema, 2005). According to the National Trust for Historic

Preservation, construction debris accounts for at least 25% of waste stream each year (NTHPb,

2008) this figure does not take into account the transportation costs for debris removal or

construction of new landfills (Rypkema, 2005).

Secondly, preserving a building saves embodied energy. Embodied energy is defined as

the total expenditure of energy involved in the creation of the building and its constituent

materials (Rypkema, 2008). The average embodied energy in existing buildings is 5 to 15

gallons of gasoline per square foot and it takes approximately 65 years for an energy efficient

new building to save the amount of energy lost in demolition of an existing building (NTHPb,

2008). According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the amount of energy used to

demolish and rebuild 82 billion square feet of space could be used to power the entire state of

California for 10 years and if 10% of the 82 billion square feet was rehabilitated it would save

enough energy to power the state of New York for well over a year (NTHPb, 2008).









stated on the National Register nomination. An interior easement is written specifically to

protect the character defining or significant features of a certified historic building. Typically, an

interior easement contains restrictions that regulate activities such as the change of use that may

have an adverse impact on significant historic or decorative features found throughout the

building (Morgan, 1999).

Forty Six states have easement enabling legislation for historic preservation easements

with only Iowa, Maryland, Missouri and Ohio without legislation. Maine, Massachusetts and

North Carolina have legislation that states interiors are to be included in a historic preservation

easement (Appendix E).

Background research found that at the time of this research there were 9,398 commercial

and residential easements held by the 100 local or state wide easement organizations and 8

regional or national easement organizations. Only 2,616 easements covered interiors, 1241 were

residential, and 165 covered residential interior (Appendix F). Nationally, only about 6% of all

interior easements are residential interiors and only approximately 13% of all historic

preservation residential easements include interiors. These numbers appear to be extremely

small and beg a comparison to the national residential housing stock. As shown in Appendix A,

approximately 23,098,000 houses are over 50 years old; this number does not consider housing

conditions or historic significance. Of the residential housing stock constructed prior to 1959,

only 0.005% is protected by a residential easement. Of that only 0.0007% of the housing stock

by age is protected by residential interior easements. These figures do not calculate the number

of individuals who have preserved or restored their historic residential interiors and without

using an easement as a financial incentive. Nonetheless, this is an insignificant number of

historic residential interiors being protected.









down in 2007, ranking it second in building demolitions in the state of Connecticut (Boynton,

2008).

Interior shell viewed as being of secondary importance

Architecture over time "takes on the patina and the resonance of the events that have taken

place inside it, and of the people who have occupied it. Buildings are historical markers that

show the passing of time..."(Sudjic, 2005, p.13). However, the historic character of an interior is

frequently viewed as secondary to facade. An example is Washington, D.C. where because of

height limitations developers keep the facade of a building but build to maximum height limit

behind the facade (Tyler, 2000). The exterior of a building may give the observer cues about

how to behave but it is the interior of a building which contains symbolic elements that inform

people about whom and what to expect (Cherulnik & Wilderman, 1986; J. L. Nasar & Devlin,

2000). The interior with its physical and symbolic qualities is central to the human experience

(Rullo, 1987). Without interiors, all that remains are facades where the sense of the past is lost

once a person enters inside of a building (Mallard, 2001-2002).

Historic Preservation Tools

Are there any tools available to help preservation and encourage rehabilitation of

residential interiors? A brief examination of historic preservation tools in America show that

two major tools are the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic

Properties and the National Register for Historic Places.

The early preservation efforts in America were mainly conducted by private non-profit

organizations that were dedicated to purchasing and preserving buildings (Tyler, 2000). The

Antiquities Act of 1906 was the United States first preservation legislation which beyond

designating parks as national landmarks also established "historic landmarks, historic and

prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest" (Mallard, 2001-2002;









manuscript. The interview will be conducted at your home at your convenience by me in person.

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CHAPTER 1
INTRODUCTION

Why Preserve the Past?

What preservation is really about is the retention and active relationship of the buildings of
the past to the community's functioning present. You don't erase history to get history; a
city's character and quality are a product of continuity. (Huxtable, 1986, p.62)

Preservation is about maintaining an active relationship between the past and present. As

Huxtable mentions, the history of a town can be seen in the various building types that survive to

the present. Preservation saves the historic and architectural legacy of our culture.

Documentary evidence, such as photographs and blue prints, may allow for examination of

historic structures but they do not capture the spirit of place. One reason to preserve buildings is

to safeguard these tangible links to the past and help individuals recognize who we are, how we

became so, and to serve as an anchor for society's memories (Bathel, 1996; Stipe, 2003). The

goal of historic preservation is neither to mothball, closing up a building to protect it while it is

vacant, nor make every "historic" structure into a museum; but to maintain an interactive

relationship with these structures so they are in use and relevant to the present. The historic

buildings and interiors that surround us as part of our daily life also become part of our identity;

as individuals are part of a continuous exchange through which our surroundings create our

identity and our identity creates our surroundings (Stipe, 2003). So, historic preservation helps

create a bond between the community and the individuals who live there (Rypkema, 2005).

Some buildings are preserved because of their association with either significant events or

people of the past. Preserving these historic buildings protects the irreplaceable memories

connected to historic events. However, historic buildings are preserved for reasons beyond their

association with famous events or people. Some buildings are saved because they exemplify the

distinctive characteristics of a type or period; some because of their intrinsic artistic value (Stipe,









weekdays she works and lives in Atlanta. Subject 5 lives in a Federal/Greek revival transition

house that was built sometime between 1820 and 1830. The house originally was built by

Marcus Strange who came to Georgia from South Carolina after the Revolutionary War with his

son. Eventually, he and his son put together about 2,000 acres and a saw mill and built this

house. The family stayed until 1864 when they sold it to the Duncan family at the end of the

Civil War and went back to South Carolina.

Subject 5 describes her historic house as Federal/Greek revival transitional since it shows

features of both styles. Subject 5's restoration of her house removed elements that had been

added in the 1960s. The trim had been removed from the interior and a few windows had been

rearranged in the back of the house but otherwise the ceilings were still the same height, the

walls were still plaster. She always wanted to restore an old house, "I've always liked to fix

things that were messed up and broken and see the potential in them".

When asked what sense of place meant, Subject 5 said it was about belonging to a

community. She feels a strong sense of place with her house and the community. The area she

lives in is surrounded by bicentennial farms, farms that have been in the same family for two

hundred years, and she believes that most of the people in the area also feel a strong sense of

place. When asked where she feels the most comfortable in her house is in her kitchen which is

where she spends most of her time. While she would consider moving into a new house, she

would like to live in a new house built of salvaged goods.

To her, the age of the building is not as important as the quality of the design, construction

and materials. Subject 5 likes the Federal/Greek Revival style because of the attention to

symmetry and sense of light incorporated in the design. The design of her house brings a sense









neighborhood and now that he has young children he worries about them since the neighborhood

keeps him feeling threatened. However, Subject 3 drew a heart in the middle of the box because

"when I am home I feel like I am the nucleus of something". He then wrote the following words

under his image: comfort, personal, home, kindred, second skin, private and warm. Subject 3's

drawing reflects his feelings of he is as he said the "nucleus" of his house and it is a second skin

or protective shell around him.



















Figure 5-6. Environmental Autobiography drawing, Subject 3

The core image that came to Subject 4s mind when thinking about her house was a heart.

She then drew ornate frames around the heart (see Figure 5-7). Everything is symmetrical in her

drawing as she drew a shape around the edge that could be the profile of a house and four

triangles at each of the corners. For Subject 4, her house to her is vibrant, happy and central. At

the bottom of the drawing she wrote "home is happiness". Subject 4's drawing speaks of her

love for her house as expressed by her writing "home is happiness" The symmetry of the

drawing could reflect the symmetrical floor plan or the stability she feels her house represents.









older homes are more beautiful and are more charming and have a sense of history when

compared to new standard houses (Gram-Hanssen & Beth-Danielsen, 2004).

However, some people will not purchase an old house because of the maintenance work

that is necessary for its upkeep (Gram-Hanssen & Beth-Danielsen, 2004; Herzog & Shier, 2000;

Rowe, 2004). But, for those who do purchase an older home, the individual investment and

sweat equity used to maintain and improve their house creates a special feeling of being at home.

This may partly explain why some people spend so much time and money on their house. These

homeowners not only maintain and decorate a house but in their eyes their efforts equal to

building a home and family (Gram-Hanssen & Beth-Danielsen, 2004).

Property rights

Private property rights give the owner the right to the unrestricted and exclusive use to the

property and exclude interference from everyone else (Black, 1983). They ensure that an

individual has the right to do what they wish with their property as long as it causes no harm to

others. Property rights extend to the effects of listing a building on the National Register of

Historic Places. While no property can be listed on the National Register without consent of the

property owners, the owner still maintains the right to intervene the property as they wish

provided no federal funding is involved. However, there is no responsibility upon the owners to

restore or maintain their buildings (Tyler, 2000).

The rights of the individual versus those of the greater population are at odds when

discussing historic preservation. According to Black's Law Dictionary (2004), historic

preservation falls under "police power" which encompasses community values and aesthetics as

well as the power to make laws to preserve the public security, order, health, morality, and

justice". This power grants the government the right to designate buildings or districts as

historic properties without the owner's approval (Black's, 2004). The Supreme Court has ruled









CHAPTER 4
CASE STUDY

Interviews for the case studies were conducted between November 2008 and January 2009.

Two interviews were conducted in Gainesville, FL and three interviews were conducted in and

around Atlanta, GA. Criteria emerging from the literature review were used to formulate a series

of interview questions examining each interview subject's reasons for purchasing an older house

and for rehabilitating, restoring or recreating the interior of their house to a chosen period. The

interviews examined whether owners rehabilitate, restore or reconstruct the interior of their

house if the residence reflects their sense of self, or view of the worthiness of the house, or they

felt a sense of place with the house, or if they are nostalgic for the past, or if perhaps a

combination of these factors influence individuals to rehabilitate, restore, or reconstruct their old

house. Additional questions focused on the residents' definition of their identity and how it was

expressed in their residential environment. Cases were then analyzed using cross-case analysis

examining the four criteria to see if there was a consensus of opinion between the interview

subj ects.

Case Study Background

The first two case studies took place in Gainesville, FL. The town was founded on

September 6, 1853 when Alachua County residents voted to create a new town on the Florida

Railroad line. Within seven years, the town's population had reached 269. The town grew

quickly to meet the needs of the arriving passenger trains with a general store and three hotels to

serve visitors. Two skirmishes occurred in 1864 since Gainesville was the site of a Confederate

Army storehouse during the Civil War. It was during Reconstruction that Colonel Dutton helped

make Gainesville become one of the largest shipping stations in the state. Gainesville benefitted

from the land boom that occurred throughout the state from WW I to the Depression with new










State Name of Total Total Total Total Number
Easement Number of Number of Number of of Interior
Holding Easements Interior Residential Residential
Organizations held by Easements Preservation Preservation
Organization held by Easements Easements
Organization
WA Jefferson NA NA NA NA


Land Trust
The San Juan
Preservation
Trust
Spokane
City/County
Historic
Preservation
Office
Washington
State Office
of
Archaeology
& Historic
Preservation
None

State
Historical
Society of
Wisconsin
None

American
Farmland
Trust
Civil War
Preservation
Trust
Frank Lloyd
Wright
Building
Conservancy


WV


WY


National
Orgs









uses while retaining the building's exterior historic character. Subjects 3 and 5 undertook

restorations of their historic houses as they removed materials from other periods bringing their

interiors back to their respective period of significance. Subjects 2 and 4 both did period

reconstructions of the interiors of their "historic" houses. Through conjecture both have

reintroduced missing elements, with varying degrees of accuracy, for the perceived period of

significance which they are attempting to recreate.

Table 5-1 Case Study House Status Historic or "Historic"
House listed House in district House has
individually on on the National preservation
National Register Register easement
Subject 1 No Yes No
Subject 2 No Yes No
Subject 3 No No Yes
Subject 4 No Yes No
Subject 5 Yes Yes Yes

Table 5-2. Case Study Subjects Treatment of House
Rehabilitation Restoration Recreation
Subject 1 Yes
Subject 2 Yes
Subject 3 Yes
Subject 4 Yes
Subject 5 Yes

Case Study 1 Gainesville, FL

Subject 1 lives in a 105 year old "historic" house. Subject 1 is a woman in her late 30s

who lives in the house with her husband, their 3 children: an infant son and toddler daughters,

and Subject l's mother. She is a realtor but she and her husband also own a business located in

Gainesville, FL. According to Subject 1, the house was originally built as a barn in 1892 and

was in the 1920s modified into a Mediterranean Colonial house. The author conducted

additional research and discovered the building was originally a barn which was cut into two

sections and moved from its original location (Burton & Gowan, 2002). The split barn became









that this power is not deemed a taking, a government appropriation of land where the owner is

not fairly compensated, as the designation does not result in the property being beyond

reasonable use but is another form of land use regulation (Black's, 2004; Leichenko, 2001;

Ziegler, 2008). The strength of historic preservation lies in local government since they have the

power to require private property owners to preserve their properties (Mallard, 2002).

The preservation of the exteriors of homes is commonplace with the use of city, state and

national ordinances that create historic districts. Impact of private buildings on a historic district

is limited to what may affect the public. As the majority of historic buildings are privately

owned, it is only the exteriors that can be seen by others. As a consequence, historic

preservation has a tendency to put greater emphasis on the preservation of facades. This means

historic interiors are either overlooked or treated as being of secondary importance to the exterior

(Andrus, 1988; Sidwell, 1, 2006). While the interiors and exteriors of buildings are interrelated,

the significance of some buildings is based more heavily on their interiors either because of

craftsmanship or relationship with a historic figure.

How are Historic Residential Interiors Being Lost?

Like people, houses are created, live and grow old. Like us, they eventually
disappear. Houses that survive to be studied, explored, and admired by distant
generations should be regarded as emissaries from another time, as gateways into
our past. (Larkin, 2006, p. 4)

The difference between the loss of the architecture of a building and its interior is

significant. House interiors include material culture and social customs handed down from

previous generations (Lawrence, 1987). Interiors are socially constructed environments whose

form relates partly to the social qualities of the time and place that created them (Wilson &

Mackenzie, 2000). Because of this, the history of a house can be told through its interior


































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Individual's sense of self is reflected in their choices of dwellings. People search for a

congruence between the symbolic image of their dwellings and their sense of self. On a

conscious or unconscious level, individuals may feel congruence with popularly held ideals and

meanings associated with certain architectural features and furnishing. When this occurs, they

may see their sense of self reflected in certain architectural styles and identify with it. Some

argue that moveable objects are more accurate symbols of self than the physical fabric of the

house (Cooper-Marcus, 1995). However, that argument does not seem to consider the

importance of personalization and adaption of the physical space to match an individual's sense

of self.

Social identity

One factor affecting how people view themselves and their surroundings is social identity.

Social identity is defined by the social groups or categories an individual belongs to and their

social identification of who they are and who they are not (Twigger-Ross et al., 2003) However,

social identity, as with all forms of identity, is not static and individuals may have multiple social

identities which relate to their relationships with their house, neighborhood, state or country.

Communication of an individual's identity requires that social cues are able to be read and

understood. As American society has undergone a high degree of intensive mobility over time,

the home has taken the role as a marker of acquired social status and is viewed as a reflection of

self(Busch, 1999; Cherulnik & Wilderman, 1986; Cooper Marcus, 1997; Gallagher, 2006;

Gram-Hanssen & Beth-Danielsen, 2004). The interior of a house is a place where social

aspirations can be expressed in terms of aesthetics (Sparke, 2004). The rooms of a house are

empty stages where individuals enact the rituals and improvisations of their identity and social

identity (Moore, Allen, & Lyndon, 1974). The home is considered the primary symbol of self

and its interior design is a representation of an individual's identity. Houses have through time









identification with, their house were examined through interview questions and use of

environmental autobiography methods. The information was then interpreted and a cross-case

analysis was generated to identify recurring connections between psychosocial factors and the

interpretive recreation of house interiors.

This thesis summarizes the theoretical background, method and results of this study, and

findings from the case studies suggesting possible answers to the question: Why do people

preserve, through rehabilitation, restoration or reconstruction, residential interiors of the past?









homeowner's residence at their convenience and photographs were taken with homeowner

consent (see Appendix H). The interview was audio taped and documentary photographs were

taken of the interiors of the house. Audio tapes once transcribed were erased. References to the

homeowner's identity were removed from photographs as needed. A copy of the interview

transcript and photographs were sent to the homeowner for corroboration ensuring faithfulness

prior to its publication in the thesis.

Semi-structured interviews following approved protocols inquired about homeowner

reasons for rehabilitating, restoring or reconstructing their houses. The questions examined

homeowner's sense of self, sense of place, and nostalgia in the loss of historic residential

interiors. The interview questions covered reasons for purchasing a "historic" house as well as

reasons for rehabilitating, restoring or reconstructing it (see Appendix I). Additional questions

dealt with residents' definition of their own identity and how it is expressed in their residential

environment. Also, homeowner's emotional attachment to, and identification with, their house

were examined through interview questions and use of environmental autobiographies.

Environmental autobiography is a "method of bringing out a person's conscious and unconscious

affective ties" to their environments (Allen, 2008, p. 39) by eliciting verbal, written, and graphic

responses to emotive questions. Exercises drawn from Cooper Marcus' environmental

autobiography methods (1997) were used to partially answer these questions. Participants were

asked to write about and do simple drawings about feelings they have for their house. The

transcripts were evaluated using cross-case analysis which "forces investigators to look beyond

initial impressions and see evidence through multiple lenses"(Eisenhardt, 1989).

Four criteria emerging from the literature review were used to interpret the data. In order

to understand why people preserve, the initial hypothesis is that owners will rehabilitate, restore









Subject 5 recounted the story of going underneath the house to examine the chimney she ran into

a rat snake under the house with no place to go. Subject 5's drawings are related to the stories

she uncovered while working on renovating the house.





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Figure 5-8. Environmental Autobiography drawing, Subject 5

When examining the drawings for similarities, a theme that surfaces in the drawings is the

concept of home as sanctuary. Three of the subjects (Subjects 1, 3, and 4) mentioned variations

on the words warmth, comfort, happiness. Their respective houses provided them with

protection and emotional solace. These three subjects also drew the same central image of a

heart (see figures 5-5, 5-6 and 5-7). This core image of love was directed toward their families

and to their houses. Subject 5's drawing was unique as she drew isolated images showing

experiences she had while working on her house and reflected mainly on the elements of the

house such as the roof, the ceiling or the bricks. As opposed to the other subjects, she did not

draw a comprehensive image of "home." However, all of these individuals felt a deep emotional









Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic

Buildings require the preservation of interior and exterior elements characteristic of the

building's style and period of construction. Homeowners seeking to use their state SRTC are

required to preserve or be sensitive to the interior of their house.

As shown in Appendix B, in all 22 states that have a State Rehabilitation Tax Credit for

Homeowners as of November 2008 only 11,397 projects have been approved. This total number

of houses that have been approved for SRTC is relatively a small amount. According to

Appendix A from the US Census bureau, there are approximately 75,647,000 single family

houses from 2009 to earlier than 1919; this figure includes attached and detached houses.

Approximately 23,098,000 or 30% of these homes were constructed prior to 1959. Only .05% of

properties eligible by age, not by any other of the National Register criteria such as condition or

historic significance, have used the State Rehabilitation Tax Credit for Homeowners. This also

does not factor the number of single family house owners who preserved their houses and did not

apply for the SRTC.

Easements

There are two different types of easements under English Law, which is the basis for

American Law; easements appurtenant and easements in gross. These two types of easements

allow for owners to relinquish part of the "bundle of rights" which is purchased with the property

(Butler, 1985). Appurtenant easements benefit an adjoining landowner and subsequent owners

are bound by restrictions while easements in gross are conveyed to a third party other than an

adjoining landowner and subsequent owners are not bound by it (Morgan, 1999). Historic

preservation easements can be used to protect a range of property types. Scenic and open space

easements protect open spaces, historic and scenic views as well as the surroundings of

significant buildings; exterior and facade easements protect the outside appearance of buildings









1981). How individuals choose to live in their homes reflects, expresses and forms the "the

social relationships among household members, kin, neighborhoods, and even more distant

social partners" (Saergert, 1992, p. 293).

Sense of self

An individual's sense of self is the answer to the question "Who am I?" (Myers, 2008)

Sense of self is how individuals identify with certain environments, form attachments, and define

themselves by their experiences with those environments (Kopek, 2006); and focuses on the

individual's "beliefs, interpretations, and evaluation of oneself' (Proshansky, Fabian, &

Kaminoff, 1983, p.58). Identity is not static but is affected by different variables. Social identity

and place identity are all factors that affect an individual's sense of self (Twigger-Ross,

Bonaiuto, & Breakwell, 2003), however, individuals adjust their sense of self in relation to

situations and the environment (Manzo, 2003). Sense of self both defines "the unique person at a

certain stage in life and it expresses conformity to social norms or self conscious challenges to

those norms" (Saegert, 1992, p. 291).

Another factor in sense of self is the individual's personal preferences. These preferences

are the result of who they are and also guide their decision making process. Preference types can

be separated into three categories which Steele calls things-, people-, and place-people ()(Steele,

1981). Things-people are concerned with the things they do such as work or other activities.

People-people relationships are mainly concerned by such as friends and family. Finally, place-

people are more likely to feel attachment between their sense of self and their place (Steele,

1981). Place-people are more likely to be drawn to the architecture and interiors of buildings as

part of their self and social identity. Place-people may be more likely to be attracted to older

buildings since they are more likely than the other preference types to have their sense of self

become entwined with a place.









CHAPTER 3
METHODOLOGY

The need for this study arose from hypotheses suggested from the literature review, which

might yield answers as to why people rehabilitate, restore or reconstruct the interior of their old

houses. Answering this question required the use of qualitative research methods. The

qualitative research approach describes the "variation in a phenomenon, situation, issue, etc"

(Kumar, 2005), or the potential explanations for why individuals preserve residential interiors.

Stemming from the literature review, as described in chapter 2, psychosocial reasons, such

as sense of self, place attachment, and nostalgia were isolated as potential explanations of why

individuals may rehabilitate, restore or reconstruct residential interiors. Case study strategy was

chosen as the best way to explore these issues. More adequately than others, the case study

research strategy allows for uncovering the real-life contextual conditions surrounding the issue

under investigation and to examine the evidence in light of predicted response patterns to the

research question (Yin, 2003).

The case study research followed Yin's methodology (2003) to describe and potentially

explain individual choices in rehabilitating, restoring or recreating residential interiors. Cases

were controlled for single family old houses and owners were chosen for convenience. Two of

the houses were located in Gainesville, FL and three were located around Atlanta, GA. The

houses ranged in age from 1830 to 1940 and were not of comparable size. Two of the houses

had undergone restorations, another two had undergone interpretive reconstruction and one had

gone through rehabilitation.

Interviews were conducted to obtain information for the case studies. Information

collected through these interviews aimed to uncover possible reasons for the rehabilitation,

restoration or reconstruction of their residential interiors. Interviews were to be conducted in the









There are several other federal programs that are currently available for building or

neighborhood restoration or revitalization including the HOPE VI, 203 K Rehab Loans and

Community Development Block Grant program.

HOPE VI is a program developed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development

(HUD) to provide funding to Public Housing Authority's, not individuals. The Public Housing

Authority, created by an act of Congress in 1937, currently provides affordable housing to 1.3

million households (HUD, 2008). This program does provide revitalization grants for major

rehabilitation and other physical improvements for existing housing but is not directly designed

for historic preservation, (HUD, 2008).

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a program overseen by HUD to

provide monies to cities or communities with citizen involvement (HUD, 2008). The program is

designed to help low and moderate income persons prevent or eliminate blight by making certain

that decent affordable housing is available. It also aims to create jobs through the expansion and

retention of businesses (HUD, 2008). While not specifically designed as a historic preservation

program, CDBGs help maintain the fabric of neighborhoods by keeping the neighborhood viable.

Another program offered by the Federal Housing Administration is the 203K Rehab Loans

which provides single family mortgage insurance programs (HUD, 2008). The program is to be

used for rehabilitation and/or improvement of an existing one -to four-unit dwelling (HUD,

2008). The program allows one of the following options: to purchase a dwelling and

rehabilitate, to purchase a dwelling on another site and move it onto a new foundation on a

mortgage property and rehabilitate, or refinance existing properties indebtedness and rehabilitate

(HUD, 2008). The loan is only approved for such things as painting, room additions, decks and









LIST OF TABLES

Table page

5-1 Case Study House Status Historic or "Historic"... ........................ ..........59

5-2 Case Study Subjects Treatment of House............................ ..... ................... 59

5-3 Cross Case Analysis Finding of Role of Sense of Self............... .... ...............76

5-4 Cross Case Analysis Role of W orthiness........................... ..... .... ............... 77

5-5 Cross Case A analysis Role of Sense of Place ...................................................................78

5-6 Cross Case Analysis Role of N ostalgia ........................................ ......................... 79









TABLE OF CONTENTS

page

A C K N O W L E D G M E N T S ..............................................................................................................4

LIST OF TABLES ......... ........... .............................................. 8

LIST O F FIG U RE S ................................................................. 9

ABSTRACT ........................................... .. ...... .......... 10

CHAPTER

1 IN TR OD U CTION .......................................................................... .. ... .... 12

W hy Preserve the Past? ....................... ..... .. ...... ................................... 12
Preservation for Practical vs. Emotional Reasons.........................................................13
P ra ctic a l re a so n s ................................................................... ...................................14
Emotional reasons ......................... ...................................16
Factors that Impact Historic Preservation..................................................................... 17
S ty le ................... ............................................................ ................ 1 7
C raftsm an ship ................................................................................................. .... 19
P ro p erty rig h ts ............... .... ... .. ...............................................................2 0
How are Historic Residential Interiors Being Lost? ...........................................................21
Insensitive rehabilitations ............................................. .. ...... ................. 22
M arket-driven teardow ns............................. ........................................................ 23
Interior shell viewed as being of secondary importance .............................................24
H historic P reserve action T ools ....................................................................................................24
Legislation ........................................................................ 25
N national Register for H historic Places ........................... ... ..... ............... ... 26
Secretary of the Interior Standards for Treatment of Historic Proprieties ....................28
H historic interiors vs. recreated interiors ........................................ ....... ............... 29
A availability of Financial Incentives................................................ ............................ 31
F federal incentives ..................................................................... ................. 3 1
State rehabilitation tax credit for homeowners.....................................................33
E asem ents ..............................................................................................34

2 THEORETICAL FRAM EW ORK .............................................. .............................. 38

E nvironm ental B ehavior............ .... .............................................................. ........... .. 38
S en se o f self ............................................................................... 3 9
S o c ia l id e n tity ......................................................................................................4 0
P la c e id e n tity .............................................................................4 1
T territorial m parking .............................. ........................ .... ........ .... ..... ...... 42
P e rso n a liz a tio n ................................................................................................... 4 3
Place attach ent ................................................................. ........ 44











STATE Total Number Total Percent of Number of Percent of
of Single Number of Residential Interior Interior
Family Residential Easements Residential Residential
Houses Easements Easements in Easements
state
Texas 6,244,000 19 .00031% 0 0
Utah 661,000 106 .0167% 0 0
Vermont 218,000 37 .01746% 2 .00094%
Washington 1,784,000 5 .000287% 2 .00012%










APPENDIX G
TOTAL NUMBER OF SINGLE FAMILY HOUSES (2006) COMAPERD
NUMBER OF RESIDENTIAL EASEMENTS


TO TOTAL


STATE Total Number Total Percent of Number of Percent of
of Single Number of Residential Interior Interior
Family Residential Easements Residential Residential
Houses Easements Easements in Easements
state


Alabama
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of
Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Indiana
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Mississippi
New
Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North
Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South
Carolina
Tennessee


1,469,000
8,580,000
1,474,000
924,000
270,000

114,000
5,088,000
2,689,000
303,000
2,077,000
1,310,000
1,256,000
487,000
1,678,000
1,560,000
3,420,000
876,000

399,000
2,195,000
3,684,000

2,744,000
3,663,000
4,088,000
266,000

1,271,000
1,903,000


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1 Data retrieved from American Community Survey Tables. U.S. Census Bureau
American Fact Finder Community Survey Tables (2006). U.S. Census Bureau Housing Units by Units in Structure
and State 2006 Table 947. Retrieved from www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2008/tables/08s0952.xls on
November 1, 2008.









this constant exposure these spaces are not viewed as special so less importance is placed on

protecting them.

Vernacular buildings such as the Sears Roebuck and Levittown houses are examples of

historic buildings that are viewed with less importance. Over a 32 year period, starting in the

1908 season, Sears Roebuck and Co. sold over 70,000 mail order houses in a variety of styles

(Sears, 2008). Few, if any, Sears Roebuck houses are considered landmarks. In 2007, the city

of Washington, D.C. bulldozed a 1925 Sears Roebuck house with cheers from neighbors who

viewed it as blight due to lack of maintenance (Foster, 2007). The house was relatively intact

and was one of the few examples of a Sears Roebuck house remaining in Washington, D.C. Of

the remaining Sears Roebuck homes few retain original elements like windows, doors, or siding

(Thorton, 2002).

Levittown, NY began in 1947 as a community of mass produced houses built for returning

G.I.s from WWII (Matarrese, 1997). In the four-year building boom ending in 1951 a total of

17,447 Levitt houses were built; nearly all of which today have either been expanded or

remodeled (Matarrese, 1997). While people may not rate either a Levitt home or Sears mail order

house as "significant" structures to preserve they are vitally important. These houses represent a

shift in technology with the use of mass production that made houses affordable for more

individuals (Arieff, 2002).

High style architecture can be defined as buildings that are designed by an architect (Nasar,

1989). These face the opposite problem of popular styles as an architect designed building is

either created for a specific client or in a unique style, or are site specific, or appeal to the client's

psychological and emotional impact. Buildings commissioned by architects are built with better

quality materials than vernacular buildings since they are constructed to last and usually on a









or reconstruct the interior of an old residence to a chosen period if the house reflects their sense

of self, they deem the house as worthy, they feel a sense of place attachment with the house, are

nostalgic for the past, or a combination of these factors.

Sense of self

The first factor examined an individual's sense of self and whether people would

rehabilitate, restore or reconstruct the interior of their house if there was congruence between the

house and their sense of self. The premise in this case is that the rehabilitation, restoration or

reconstruction of either the exterior or the interior of an old residence implies that the

architectural and design features in some way reflect the homeowners' sense of self. Four

conditions as listed in Figure 3-1 could exist for why this could occur: 1) owner rehabilitated,

restored or reconstructed the architecture and the interior of their house because they both reflect

their sense of self; 2) owner rehabilitated, restored or reconstructed the architecture and the

interior of their house but they do not feel that the residence reflects their sense of self; 3)

owner rehabilitated, restored or reconstructed the architecture of the house but does not

rehabilitate, restore or reconstruct the interior of the house because they feel it does not match

their sense of self; or lastly, 4) owner does not rehabilitate, restore or reconstruct either the

architecture or the interior of the residence because neither match their sense of self. This

matrix, illustrated in Figure 3-1, looks at sense of self as playing a role in homeowners' decision

to rehabilitate, restore or reconstruct their house, but not at the extent to which sense of self is a

decisive factor.

Worthiness

The second factor examined was whether the structure was considered worthy of

rehabilitation, restoration or reconstruction, the criteria for assigning worthiness to a building

was either it was designed by a famous architect or exhibited exceptional craftsmanship. There









Abstract of Thesis Presented to the Graduate School
of the University of Florida in Partial Fulfillment of the
Requirements for the Degree of Master of Interior Design

RESCUING OUR PAST
THE ROLE OF SENSE OF PLACE IN THE PRESERVATION OF RESIDENTIAL
INTERIORS

By

Nalo Alexandra McGibbon

August 2009

Chair: Maruja Torres-Antonini
Major: Interior Design

Historic residential interiors are being lost due to multiple causes. There are several

strategies for fighting this loss including government supported financial incentives for

rehabilitation or restoration as well as individual efforts to recreate "historic" interiors. The

purpose of this thesis is to examine some of the reasons that might explain the restoration,

preservation or reconstruction of residential interiors. Despite of the wide availability of

financial incentives for their preservation, these initiatives are rarely used and historic residential

interiors continue to be lost. Counteracting this phenomenon, some individuals are motivated

enough to attempt saving interiors of the past on their own terms, and chose to create interiors to

match their own interpretation of the history of their house.

Case study research was conducted to describe and help explain individual choices in

rehabilitating or restoring residential interiors. Case studies are well suited to examine

contemporary phenomena within their real-life context. Cases were controlled for single family

house owners living in houses generally referred to as "historic." Semi-structured informal

interviews following approved protocols inquired about homeowner reasons for rehabilitating or

restoring their house interiors. The case study participants emotional attachment, and









Narrative

Narrative is defined as the attachment to a place through a romantic or idealistic stories

(Kopek, 2006). If dissatisfied with the present, people attach their ideals to the intangible

memories of the past; some use possessions to strengthen the attachment (Belk, 1992). People

want homes that reflect their lifestyle and values and hope architecture will help them create

them (Matt, 2005 p. 108; Dovey, 1985). Part of narrative is connected to the concept of

rootedness which is "an unconscious state of deep familiarity with a place, which implies long

continuous residence". It is argued when this is not possible then sense of place which is a

"conscious force of creation or conservation of 'places' through words, actions, and the

construction of artifacts" is all that is left for modern society (Giuliani, 2003, p. 146). Due to the

quality of architecture, buildings are built for permanence and represent society's heritage

(Lawrence, 1985). Most buildings imitate some past or distant style of architecture in an

attempt by the designers or clients to associate themselves with the values which they felt that

period or architectural style represented (Hershberger, 1970). An individual's desire to return to

the past is not possible because both the individual and setting have both changed (Proshansky et

al., 1983).

The mythology of the single family home away from the corruption and unhealthy

atmosphere of the city has been part of the culture since the founding of America (Saegert,

1985). "The Old-House Journal" sells house plans from all periods in American architectural

history and while these floor plans do not acknowledge changes in society or economics

affecting modern lives they are still desirable (Busch, 1999). The intangible qualities of home

are often identified once lost. Matt in her article describes Wallace Nutting, who in the early

twentieth century tapped into people's beliefs about home as a representation of self popularizing

the "countrified suburban home with the picket fence as the American dream house". Nutting









manufactured products, furniture to pictures, so the average American could purchase objects to

not only create a genteel colonial feel to their homes but also purchase a piece of the American

dream. People may not necessarily want a genuine old home but want its appealing details and

features such as woodwork and fireplaces (Gallagher, 2006). Part of homelessness comes from

viewing the house as a commodity; a house can be purchased but the experience of home cannot

(Dovey, 1985).

Summary

Perhaps some individuals are more apt to rehabilitate, restore or reconstruct older

residences because of congruency between their sense of self and social identity and place

identity and place attachment. While research has not been conducted into the link between

historic preservation and these concepts, they do present an insight into why people may choose

to rehabilitate, restore or reconstruct period residences. Sense of self seems to indicate that

people whose preference type is place-people are more likely form attachments with their

environs and perhaps this is a factor in why some people preserve or reconstruct their residences.

Social identity seems to indicate individuals choose houses and neighborhoods based on the

congruence between the location and their sense of self; this maybe a reason why some people

choose to live in older neighborhoods and houses. It seems that through place identity people

incorporate places as part of their identity that is congruent with their sense of self. It would

seem that people who choose to live in a old house do so because what they believe the house is

symbolizes or represents. Place attachment seems to indicate that individual's attachment to

place is affected by their emotional connection to the location. Perhaps individual who live in

older houses are nostalgic.









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of harmony to her. The house is sited so that there is always sunlight somewhere in the house.

She appreciates things that are handcrafted with quality materials, usually wood or stone.

When asked what nostalgia meant to her, Subject 5 said "nostalgia is a longing for the past

that might not reflect a reality". To her nostalgia is more than trying to recreate a period, she

found it interesting that when people did not have things available to them they took what they

had and were incredibly creative. While she does not view herself as nostalgic she appreciates

the spirit of the period. Subject 5 says she would feel uncomfortable if everything in her house

was a recreation. She likes things for their artistry and creativity and the mix of styles.























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Figure 5-4. Case Study House Interiors. Photographs of Subject 5's house.

Environmental Autobiographies

Environmental Autobiography examines people's feelings toward their surroundings.

Subject 2 asked to be excused from participating in this section. The drawings created by the









and features, the more frequently found rehabilitations recreate or reintroduce "missing"

elements with varying degrees of accuracy. To assess missing components or features, this

approach relies on conjecture over research. In the absence of original elements, reasonably

styled reproductions and approximations are used. The resulting interior spaces are

manufactured replicas of a chosen period that may look appropriate to the period of significance

of the building but may not be historically accurate to it. It should be noted that recreated or

reconstructed interiors contain elements of a desired style or period; however, they make no

attempt at going back to earlier technology but integrate contemporary technology with the

period elements (Rybczynski, 1986).

Availability of Financial Incentives

An examination of two financial incentives for homeowners which requires the use of

either the Secretary of Interior's Standards or listing on the National Register will provide a look

into the extent of the certified historic housing stock. Among others, federal and state

governments have created rehabilitation tax credits and other legal instruments such as historic

preservation easements to conserve the nation's architectural heritage.

Federal incentives

The Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit, perhaps the most well known financial incentive

available for Historic Preservation, is only available or commercial or income producing

residential structures and not for residential homeowners. In order to qualify for the federal tax

incentives, the project must meet several criteria the most important of which is that the work

must follow the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Certified historic structures are eligible for a Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit equal to 10 20

percent or of the cost of rehabilitation depending on which criteria the building meets (Kass,

1993).









LIST OF FIGURES


Figure page

3-1 Role of sense of self in decision making for homeowners. .................. ...............52

3-2 Role of worthiness in decision making for homeowners .............................................53

3-3 Role of Sense of Place Attachment in decision making for homeowners......................54

3-4 Role of Nostalgia in decision making for homeowners............................................... 55

5-1 Case Study House Interiors. Photographs of Subject 1's house.....................................61

5-2 Case Study House Interiors. Photographs of Subject 2's house.......................................63

5-3 Case Study House Interiors. Photographs of Subject 3's house.....................................65

5-4 Case Study House Interiors. Photographs of Subject 5's house.........................................69

5-5 Environmental Autobiography drawing Subject 1 ................................ .................70

5-6 Environmental Autobiography drawing, Subject 3 ................................. ............... 71

5-7 Environmental Autobiography drawing Subject 4 ................................. ............... 72

5-8 Environmental Autobiography drawing, Subject 5 ................................. ............... 73









the historic house and sense of place arise as potential indicators of whether individuals will

preserve historic residences.

Preservation is an attempt to maintain the tangible connection between the past and present

through saving the buildings of previous eras. It is important to safeguard the past for future

generations. "Historic" period buildings were constructed to endure since to waste valuable

resources, such as money and effort, were inconceivable in the past (Kunstler, 1996). Since

technology such as electricity and air conditioning were not available these buildings were

designed to suit their environment. These earlier construction approaches which were once

viewed as outdated are experiencing a revival as individuals look at the environmental impact of

what they build. Historic period buildings are physical representations of a society's beliefs,

including its approach to the use of earth's resources. Historic buildings provide an example of

successful strategies that should inspire our quest for more sustainable ways of building.

A good house is a created thing made of many parts economically and meaningfully
assembled. It speaks not just of materials from which it is made, but of the intangible
rhythms, spirits, and dreams of people's lives. Its site is only a tiny piece of the real world,
yet this place is made to seem like an entire world. In its parts it accommodates important
human activities, yet in sum it express an attitude toward life.

(Moore et al., 1974, p. 49)

Why people preserve residential interiors is a complicated issue. However, this study has

uncovered several areas for possible future research, from research into individual's preferences

for historic residential interiors to more comprehensive research on why individuals preserve

historic residential interiors. A commonly used research strategy uses images of interiors to

assess people's perceptions of them; however often the images used have been taken from

current house design magazines and do not clearly describe the style or period or contents of the

interiors that are being judged (Nasar, 1989; Purcell & Nasar, 1992; Stamps & Nasar, 1997).

Future research could use Clare Cooper Marcus' Environmental Autobiography techniques to









recreation and restoration respectively because each has been relatively unchanged by time.

Subject 4 said she was very driven to live in a Victorian house which inherently made the house

worthy. She feels her role is as caretaker of the past for future generations. What made Subject

5 want to preserve her house was that she saw the worthiness in the house and wanted to

preserve the interiors. Subject 1 rehabilitated the first floor, but kept the second floor as it was

with few changes and also kept the original wood floors throughout the house. She thought the

house had enough architectural style to preserve but the interiors had to be modified so they

better matched her sense of self.

Table 5-3. Cross Case Analysis Finding of Role of Sense of Self
Subject
1 2 3 4 5
Homeowner feels their sense of self is reflected by the house and X X X X X
rehabiliates, restores or recreates the exterior and interiors of
their "historic" house
Homeowner does not feel their sense of self is reflected by their
house But rehabiliates, restores or recreates the exterior and
Interiors of their historic house
Homeowner feels the exterior of the house reflects their sense of
self and does not rehabilitate restore or recreate the interiors of
their "historic" house
Homeowner feels their sense of self is not reflected by the house
and does not rehabilitate, restore or recreate the exterior or the
interiors of their "historic" house

It appears that how the individual views the worthiness of a residence does affect whether

they are likely to preserve or historically reconstruct its architecture, interior or both. However,

definitions of"worthiness" widely varied across subjects.


The next topic that was discussed with the case studies was sense of place. Questions were

asked to determine if they felt a sense of place with their house. Sense of place is a combination

of place identity and place attachment. Place identity is how "people incorporate a place into the

larger concept of their own identities of senses and self;" place attachment is defined as a

"person's bond with the social and physical environments of a place." Such places have deep













































Figure 3-4. Role of Nostalgia in decision making for homeowners


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APPENDIX C
NUMBER OF HOUSES THAT USED STATE REHABILITATION TAX CREDIT FOR
HOMEOWNERS BY STATE


State Name


Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico


Number of homes that
have used SRTC
0
0
0
0
0
440
253
41
0
0
425
0
0
0
82
16
600
59
0
0
2500
0
600
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
580









feelings towards the rehabilitation, restoration or recreation of period interiors are mostly related

to their attitudes to nostalgia and their sense of self.









APPENDIX H
PARTICIPANT CONSENT LETTER

Department of Interior Design
College of Design Construction and Planning

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL


Dear Participant,
My name is Nalo McGibbon and I am a graduate student at the University of Florida.

My master's thesis is examining the circumstances surrounding the loss of historic residential

interiors. As part of my thesis I am conducting interviews to learn about the connections

established between homeowners and the interior design of their historic residences. I am asking

you to participate in this interview in your capacity as owner of an historic house. The interview

is expected to last no longer than one hour; in it you will be asked a series of questions and asked

to create a basic drawing regarding your house. No specific drawing skills are required for this

purpose. You will not have to answer any questions that you do not wish to during the interview.

Your participation in this study is strictly voluntary. You are advised that there are no

anticipated risks, compensations or other direct benefits to you or your family. You are free to

withdraw your consent to participate and may discontinue your participation in the study at any

time without consequence. With your written permission, I will audio tape the interview. Only I

and my academic advisor will have access to these recordings which I will personally transcribe

removing any reference to your identity during the transcription process. The tape will then be

erased after it is transcribed to protect your identity. With your consent, I will also take

documentary photographs of your house interiors. Any direct reference to your identity will be

removed from the photographs using photo editing software. Your identity will be kept

confidential to the extent provided by law and your identity will not be revealed in the final









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mere number of days spent in a particular dwelling" (Cooper Marcus, 1997, p. 2). Lastly, home

can be a private refuge that provides comfort, meaning, privacy and beauty (Gallagher, 2006).

Home encompasses many different meanings and roles in a person's life but home is metaphor

for an individual's relationship to place, familiarity, security, and comfort (Manzo, 2003).

Destruction of interiors

Houses are commodities but they are also where personal and social identities are formed

and shaped (Saegert, 1985). People impact their environment through how they care for and

design their settings; this impact can be positive or negative (Steele, 1981). Home is a socio-

cultural artifact of the customs and beliefs of their inhabitants. However, it is in the interior of

houses that the cyclical events of domestic life are conducted (Lawrence, 1985; Saegert, 1985).

Over the years, as construction and design of houses has shifted from individuals to corporate

organizations some of the forms of housing were lost (Saegert, 1985). House environments have

acquired values and meaning through the ages. The preservation of domestic spaces should take

into account the time and period the house was built however the house should be frozen in that

era but should be a livable space for current residents (Lawrence, 1985).

Individuals evaluate classic examples of buildings the quickest and prefer small

discrepancies from a known style; people's expectations affect how they view objects since

individuals learn through prior experiences (Ritterfeld, 2002). It is through prior experiences

that an individual can understand the environment and be able to use, change or maintain the

environment to increase congruence and lessen discrepancies of identity (Proshansky et al.,

1983). Discrepancies from the known structures influence judgment (Purcell & Nasar, 1992).

Recognition of the relationship of a place to the observer is dependent on previous experience

with other places (Hershberger, 1970). This relationship informs the individual of what









idea of making the world a better place. Subject 2 defined nostalgia as remembering past times

and views himself as nostalgic. He does acknowledge he has nostalgic feelings towards his

house. His grandfather restored antiques and his mother was an interior decorator who loved

colonial style architecture. He believes that this family history may have given him his interest

in historic houses. Subject 3 defines nostalgia as a revisionist version of the historical truths that

may or may not be accurate. Subject 3 does not view himself as nostalgic but he acknowledges

that he is developing his own nostalgia for when he first moved in Atlanta 15 years ago.

However, he says he is learning to be less nostalgic about his house and honor it for what it is.

Subject 4 defined nostalgia as a connector to the past and to the future. Subject 4 admits she is

nostalgic and has nostalgic feelings associated with her house. For her, "my reality is the one

with the link and the continuity". Subject 5 defined nostalgia as a longing for the past, however

a past the individual has in the mind that might not reflect reality.

Table 5-6. Cross Case Analysis Role of Nostalgia
Subject
1 2 3 4 5
Homeowner is nostalgic for the past and rehabilitate, restore or X X
reconstructs the interior of their "historic" house
Homeowner is not nostalgic for the past but rehabilitates, X X X
restores or reconstructs the interior of their "historic "house
Homeowner is nostalgic for the past but does not rehabilitate,
restore or reconstructs the interior of their "historic house
Homeowner is not nostalgic for the past and does
not rehabilitate, restore or reconstructs the interior of their
"historic house

Three unexpected issues came out of the case studies-the role of potential and effort in

the view of worthiness, the role of narrative and nostalgia, and finally the perception of recreated

interiors.

First, it seems that whether homeowners deem a house worthy is resides in part in their

appreciation of intrinsic beauty and effort that went into making the house. Subject 1 said she









larger scale. These buildings are shaped by the egos of those who commissioned them as well as

those who designed them; the building is thus used as a symbol of their wealth and power

(Sudjic, 2005).

However, even houses built by famous architects are threatened. An example of this is

Phillip Johnson's "livable" Glass House built in 1953 for Alice Ball in New Canaan, CT

(Newman, 2008). The Ball House is considered as one of the progeny of Johnson's famous

Glass House constructed in 1949 almost entirely of sheet glass. In the Ball House, Johnson

explored many of the same ideas of "separation of public and private spaces, open and closed

volumes, the linkages between these opposition, and the relation of the whole to the surrounding

natural environment" that he had in the original building (Jenkins & Mohney, 2001, p.96). The

threat of destruction to the 1,773 square foot house ties to its current owner's lack of use and

prospective buyers for the house (Newman, 2008). New Canaan had over 90 modernist

buildings designed by famous architects, including Johnson, however, over the years two dozen

have been torn down in favor of large "McMansion" style buildings, bulky, out-of scale new

houses on small parcels that do not fit the existing character of a community (Newman, 2008).

Craftsmanship

A building maybe an excellent example of superior craftsmanship and not be designed by

an architect. Individuals rate older buildings higher on having physical features contributing to

visual richness such as decoration, natural materials, curves, articulated walls, distinctiveness,

and mystery (Herzog & Shier, 2000). In responding to the requirements of industrial processes,

the mass production of homes has lead to a lack of details and features which are identified as

important in a home: prospect and refuge, enticement, peril, and complex order, which enhance

the experience of home (Gallagher, 2006, p. 6; Hiss, 1990). Not surprisingly, most people think









Third, historic preservation contributes to more compact development patterns and reduces

suburban sprawl by increasing density and promoting infill (Rypkema, 2005). Most historic

neighborhoods were designed for pedestrians so residents rely less upon cars for local

transportation. Also, historic neighborhoods generally tend to be near public transportation and

within walking distance of basic goods and services and employment (Rypkema, 2005).

Fourth, historic buildings were for the most part constructed to be compatible with the

environment in which they were built, thus reducing energy consumption. According to the

National Trust for Historic Preservation, buildings constructed prior to 1920 are as or more

energy efficient than buildings constructed through the year 2000 (NTHPb, 2008). Historic

buildings, especially houses, were constructed with natural materials and considered the local

climate and the building siting.

Emotional reasons

The emotional reasons for the preservation of residential buildings include the connection

the physical evidence provides to the past and the aesthetic impact of the spaces. The buildings

a society chooses to preserve or destroy reflect its values; as the evolution of building style

illustrates specific variations that respond to the circumstances and the needs of that community.

Buildings consist of series of sequenced spaces that have specific uses that provide context for

social activity and framework for individual and social identifications (Alexander, 1977).

Environments therefore reflect the time and society in which they were built; in turn, individuals

views towards their environment are determined by the meaning they attribute to it (Wilson &

Mackenzie, 2000).

Historic buildings and especially historic residential buildings not only convey a

community's self image but also help differentiate communities (Rypkema, 2005). The

perceived importance of buildings is thought to lie in their aesthetic impact. One condition for









renovate older residential interiors because of their desire for a match between where they live

and self image

Place attachment

Attachment to place consists of social relations so that the meanings and experiences in a

place are usually connected to relationships (Low & Altman, 1992). Place attachment is defined

as a "person's bond with the social and physical environments of a place" they have deep

meaning because their identities are woven intricately into those places (Kopek, 2006). Place

attachment involves the relation of affect, emotions, and feelings in reference to a place (Low &

Altman, 1992). The intensity of place attachment is affected by the "congruity between needs

and the physical and social resources" (Giuliani, 2003, p. 149).

Individuals identify themselves with their houses and use this symbolic identity to

differentiate themselves from others (Steele, 1981). This attachment is understandable since

home is the key expression of identity and a source of security for individuals (Belk, 1992). The

desire for "hominess seems to result in feelings of attachment to home" (Belk, 1992, p. 39),

however, increased mobility is undermining place attachment in modern society because places

are viewed as functional and lack emotional significance (Giuliani, 2003). People may not be

aware that they are attached to a place until that bond is threatened (Giuliani, 2003). Perhaps the

desire to live in an old residence may be an attempt to reestablish that bond.

Familiarity, security, emotional comfort

A house is an object while a home means different things to different people. Home is

defined as a preferred space and a fixed point of reference, a social network and a reflection of

individual's ideas and values (Kron, 1983). Home can be viewed as either a recreation or a

reaction against the childhood home (Busch, 1999; Cooper Marcus, 1997). Home can be so

defined as "ties to the land and nature, and memories of extended family, prove stronger than the









accomplish and this house has a lot of the space to accommodate all of us and our imaginations

and journeys and dreams and hopes".

The house had an "untapped beauty" which is what made Subject 1 want to preserve the

house. She also thought the house had enough architectural style that it was worth preserving.

The house gave her an opportunity to express her and her family's creativity. The design of the

house has been a group effort as each person's bedroom is a reflection of their style.


Figure 5-1. Case Study House Interiors. Photographs of Subject l's house. A) Subject l's
kitchen B) view of Subject l's living room C) view from front door into house.
Photographs provided by homeowner.

Subject 1 wanted to live in an old house. She and her husband looked at houses in this

specific neighborhood because they liked the location and the fact the houses were in general

larger than in some of the other older neighborhoods in Gainesville. When she was asked how

she would describe nostalgia, she said it is "the emotional recall you experience from past









Questions regarding the preservation of the building

Describe the interior spaces of your house?

Did you have an image in mind before rehabilitating or remodeling the interior of your

house?

How preserved was the house when you moved in? What preservation measures have you

taken?

What research did you do on the house before you began preservation?

Have you thought of listing your house on the National Register of Historic Places? What

advantages and disadvantages do you foresee in listing your property with the National

Register of Historic Places?

How has the research you have done on your property affected your decision to list/not list

the house?

Questions regarding financial incentives

Prior to rehabilitating your property, did you research what incentives, financial or

otherwise, were available? Were there any reasons why you chose to use/not use them?

Have you ever thought about placing an easement to protect your house? Why?

If you were to place an easement on your house, what specific features would you protect?

Would it be acceptable to you, in order to receive a financial incentive for the rehabilitation

of your house, to have to go through a yearly inspection to make sure no major changes

were made? Why?

Would it be acceptable to you, in order to receive financial incentive for the rehabilitation

work on your house, to be required to open your house to the public for a few days of the

year? Why?









preserving an historic building is that it exemplifies high artistic values and skilled craftsmanship

(Weeks, 1995). The aesthetic impact of a building is "comprised of the various elements of a

building; size, scale, proportion, massing and volume, relationship of parts to each other and to

the whole, ornamentation, rhythm, light and shadow, texture, decoration and color" (Sudjic,

2005, p.85). Some claim that an individual's desire to live in a given space depends on the

beauty attributed to it. A study found that, aesthetically, individuals prefer rooms that are

familiar, warm, stimulating and orderly, not decorative, fancy, complex, formal and stimulating

(Ritterfeld & Cupchik, 1996). The study does not however state what characteristics make a

room feel one way or another but does state that people associate aesthetic characteristics to, and

develop aesthetic preferences for, specific room types.

Factors that Impact Historic Preservation

There are many different issues that impact on whether a building and its interiors will be

preserved, a few factors are: style, quality of craftsmanship, property rights. The negative

impact of these factors on a building's interior can lead to insensitive renovations and market-

driven teardowns.

Style

Public perception of architecture styles is one obstacle that historic preservation must

overcome. Popular or vernacular styles are what people encounter on a regular, long-term basis

in their daily lives (Nasar, 1989; Purcell & Nasar, 1992). Popular styles commonly encountered

in the United States include Mediterranean, Prairie School, Craftsman, Period/French,

Contemporary, Farm, Colonial or Tudor (Stamps & Nasar, 1997). Popular styles are so

prevalent that little importance is placed on them because they are viewed as ordinary or

pedestrian. This applies equally to architectural shell and the interior. The interior in popular

styles is what most individuals are exposed to on a regular basis throughout their lives. Due to










State Name State Rehabilitation Tax State Rehab Tax Credit Percent of State
Credit for Homeowners includes Interior Rehab Tax
and Year of Enactment Preservation Credit for
homeowners
Rhode Island YES (1989) DOI 20%
South Carolina YES (2003) DOI 25%
South Dakota No state income tax NA NA
Tennessee No state income tax NA NA
Texas No state income tax NA NA
Utah YES (1993) DOI 20%
Vermont No rehabilitation tax credit NA NA
for homeowner
Virginia YES (1997) DOI 25%
Washington No state income tax NA NA
West Virginia YES (2001) DOI 20%
Wisconsin YES (1989) DOI 25%
Wyoming No state income tax NA NA










State Name of Total Total Total Total Number
Easement Number of Number of Number of of Interior
Holding Easements Interior Residential Residential
Organizations held by Easements Preservation Preservation
Organization held by Easements Easements
Organization
NC Preservation NR
Society of
Asheville &
Buncombe
County, Inc.
Preservation NR
Society of
Chapel Hill
Uptown NR
Shelby
Association,
Inc
ND North Dakota NA NA NA NA
Parks and
Recreation
Department
OH Cincinnati 81 2 71 2
Preservation
Association
Cleveland 1 0 0 0
Restoration
Society
Heritage Ohio 1 0 1 0
OK None 0 0 0 0

OR Historic NR
Preservation
League of
Oregon
PA Brandywine 28 0 26 0
Conservancy,
Inc









CHAPTER 2
THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK

A search of the literature established that few articles looked into the psychological

reasons for why people choose to restore, rehabilitate or reconstruct interiors of old houses. This

issue may be approached from the environmental behavior psychology which examines the

"transactions between individuals and their physical settings" (Gifford, 2002, p.1). While the

field of environmental psychology is broad this study particularly examined its sense of self,

social identity, place identity and place attachment theories as possibly issues bearing on

individual decisions in favor or against preservation of historic houses and the interpretive

reconstruction of historic interiors.

Environmental Behavior

The meaning of residential interiors has changed in response to the ideology of the times

(Sparke, 2004). Environmental behavior literature review suggests that the choice to preserve

historic residential interiors, or not, may be attributed to several factors, including perceptions of

sense of self, social identity, place identity, and/or place attachment. How individuals appraise

their environment is based on personal impressions of place which is related to how individuals

see themselves and how they want others to see them (sense of self and social identity); these

impressions then directly affect how the place makes them feel (place identity and place

attachment) (Gifford, 2002). The place that a person feels attached to is where they feel

comfortable and safe to reveal their inner self; similarly the place reflects and reinforces their

sense of self (Cooper Marcus, 1997). Environmental behavior offers some insights into these

issues. The underlying theme is that home represents more than just the physical setting-the

domestic residence-but also encompasses emotional connection. The feeling of security creates

a feeling of having a home which creates in individuals a sense of control over their fate (Steele,









Tyler, 2000). During the early part of the twentieth century, however historic significance was

perceived as being associated with a famous person or event, not with architectural significance.

After World War II, returning soldiers dreamt of owning "the American dream" of a newly built

single family house on an individual lot in the suburbs. In order to meet these needs the

government issued programs such as slum clearance and urban redevelopment (Lea, 2003).

These programs were aided by government policy making based on the idea that it was cost

effective to destroy entire (historic) neighborhoods to make way for modern buildings and

highways (Lea, 2003). These policies continued across the country but it was the destruction of

New York City's Pennsylvania Station which brought the issue of lost architectural heritage to

light. In 1963 McKim, Mead and White's Pennsylvania Station was destroyed partially due to

pressures from urban renewal policies, however when the issue was placed before New York

City's Planning Commission all they could vote on was the proposed use of the land and not on

its existing use or importance (Huxtable, 1986, p. 47). Writing about the ruins of Pennsylvania

Station in the Secaucus Meadowlands, architectural critic Ada Louise Huxtable said, "... They

pose disturbing questions and touch problems that go to the core of a culture in which destruction

and regeneration, art and nihilism, are becoming indistinguishable" (Huxtable, 1986, p.52).

Legislation

Before 1966, some states had already passed their own historic preservation ordinances

which took one of two forms-registration of landmarks and enabling legislation. However, in

1966, the National Trust for Historic Preservation published their report With Heritage So Rich

which documented what had been lost of American architectural heritage (Tyler, 2000). This

report called for an expanded role for preservation supported by the federal government (Tyler,

2000). The report's recommendations included:









Sense of place is a very complicated issue since it is difficult to separate elements of the

individual's house and the neighborhood they live in. It seems that sense of place is a motivator

for people to rehabilitate, restore or recreate the interiors of their historic houses. However, it

appears that an individual can feel a sense of place with the architecture of their house and still

rehabilitate or recreate their house to be in congruence with their sense of self.

Table 5-5. Cross Case Analysis Role of Sense of Place
Subject
1 2 3 4 5
Individuals feels a sense of place to their "historic" house and X X X X
either rehabilitates, restores or reconstructs the interior of
their house
Individual feels a sense of place to the architecture or other X
external factors but feels no sense of attachment to the
"historicresidential interior and does not rehabilitate, restore or
reconstruct the interior of their house
Individual does not feel a sense of place to their "historic" house
but rehabilitates, restores or reconstructs the architecture and
interior of their house
Individual does not feel a sense of place and decides to
rehabilitate, restore or reconstructs neither the architecture nor the
interior of their house

A final topic discussed with the case study participants was nostalgia. As defined earlier,

nostalgia refers to the relationship between building form, its use, meaning and time; it is a

transactional process between physical and affective factors. The loss and destruction of places

leads to nostalgic feelings since nostalgia in general refers to a longing for what is gone rather

than a specific place. The case study participants were asked what nostalgia meant to them and

if they viewed themselves as nostalgic people and if they had nostalgic feelings associated with

their house (see table 5-6). Subject 1 defined nostalgia as the emotional recall experienced from

past memories that bring back certain feelings. She defined herself as nostalgic but she said she

does not have nostalgic feelings associated with her house. While she acknowledges that

nostalgia might be a factor for some individuals. Her motive for rehabilitating her house is the









APPENDIX E
STATES WITH EASEMENT ENABLING LEGISLATION AND NUMBER OF EASEMENT
HOLDING ORGANIZATIONS

State Name Has Enabling Enabling Legislature that Number of
Legislature allowing for allows Preservation of Easement
Historic Preservation Interior Spaces Holding
Easements Organization
s in State
Alabama Yes No 2
Alaska Yes No 0
Arizona Yes No 0
Arkansas Yes No 0
California Yes No 1
Colorado Yes No 4
Connecticut Yes No 1
Delaware Yes No 4
District of Yes No 2
Columbia
Florida Yes No 2
Georgia Yes No 5
Hawaii Yes No 1
Idaho Yes No 0
Illinois Yes No 1
Indiana Yes No 2
Iowa No NA 1
Kansas Yes No 0
Kentucky Yes No 4
Louisiana Yes NA 3
Maine Yes Yes 3
Maryland No NA 4
Massachusetts Yes Yes 3
Michigan Yes No 1
Minnesota Yes No 0









These treatments are designed to work with a variety of historic resource from buildings,

sites, structures, objects and districts. The Standards recommend examining the relative

importance of the building to history by asking, is it an example of the work of a master builder

or did a historic event occur in it? A property's historic significance affects which treatment

Standard should be followed. If a building is highly significant then a Preservation or

Restoration approach would be recommended (Weeks, 1995). Other questions posed are, what is

its physical condition or degree of material integrity? Is the building largely intact or has it been

greatly altered and are these alterations part of the building's history? If period materials,

features and finishes are present then the Standards recommend Preservation; however, if the

building requires extensive repairs, replacement or alterations then Rehabilitation would be

recommended (Weeks, 1995).

The Standards require the preservation of interior and exterior elements characteristic of

the building's style and period of construction. Interiors include everything from the finishes

and materials on the floors, walls and ceilings, the building's plan and spaces such as the

sequences of spaces and rooms and their volumes as well as individual architectural features

(Jandl, 1988). Interior elements could include spaces that interrelate functionally and visually or

floor plans which could be distinctive and characteristic of a style of architecture or a region or

fixtures and finishes (Jandl, 1988). Frequently historic interiors are lost to allow for new use

even though the Standards state that character-defining features and materials are not to be

negatively impacted (Sidwell, 2006).

Historic interiors vs. recreated interiors

The interiors of a building, whether simply detailed or richly ornate, convey important

information about its early inhabitants (Jandl, 1988). Some interiors have undergone extensive

renovations through the years leaving little of the original fabric. There are several options of









modern conveniences, creaking sounds and imperfections in older houses are not seen by Subject

4 a drawback but as benefit, since they are part of the character of the house. Subject 4 respects

tradition and sense of history; she feels that when other people visit her house they can tell that

she has a great appreciation for traditional beauty and architecture. While she sometimes enjoys

visiting other people's houses; Subject 4 is more comfortable at her own house. In her opinion,

taking care and improving her house is a way of caring for her family.

When asked what made her purchase her home Subject 4 said it was her love of older

architecture and how it is perfect yet imperfect. The thought of living in modern house has been

fleeting when there is a list of repairs to make to the house, however, she would never choose to

live in a newly constructed house. "Historic" buildings give her a sense of permanence if each

generation they will be there for the next to appreciate. She likens historic preservation to links

in a chain "Your job is to make sure that you do not break your link. You build your link

strongly, like the people before you did, then it will be up to the next person to put the next link

on."

Nostalgia for Subject 4 is about linkage of the past to the future, "nostalgia is a connector

to the past and to your future." She views herself as nostalgic. To her nostalgia is about

"honoring the labor and dedication of what was built in the past. There was a tremendous

amount of love and dedication [that went into making it] and it is good to honor it". Subject 4

believes that "historic" houses and antiques belong to the community of people who see beauty

in the objects, not necessarily to any specific family if they do not appreciate their beauty.

Continuity matters in the honoring the past.

Case Study 5 Carnesville, GA

Subject 5 lives in a 180 year old house in Carnesville, GA. She is an economist in her mid

50s. This house is Subject 5's weekend house but this is what she defines as her home,




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1 RESCUING OUR PAST THE ROLE OF SENSE OF PLACE IN THE PRESERVATION OF RESIDENTIAL INTERIORS By NALO ALEXANDRA MCGIBBON A MASTERS THESIS PRESENTE D TO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLOR IDA IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF INTERIOR DESIGN UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 2009

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2 2009 Nalo McGibbon

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3 To my Mom

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4 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS It takes a village to write a thesis and I w ould like to thank everyone involved in helping m e write mine. First I would like to th ank my thesis advisor Professor Ma ruja Torres-Antonini for keeping me on topic when I wandered. I would also like to thank my co-chair Professor Roy Graham for first getting me interested in the field of historic preservation. I w ould also like to thank Professor Peter Prugh, it is because of the lectures in Nantucket that I became aware of the effect of gut rehabs on historic houses. Next, I would like to thank all of the employees of the various State Historic Preservation Offices and Easement organizations who took time to answer my questions. Special thanks to Kate Ryan at the Georgia Trust for helping me arrange interviews. To my friends, thank you for laughing with me and sometimes at me over the years. I would especially like to thank both Christie Moore-Yonover and Jenifer Ruske for their friendship, love and laughter sin ce college. Also, I w ould like to thank Greg Fortner, Amanda Zenteno and Vanessa Schneller for their years of friendship. Lastly, I wa nt to thank Danielle Palow, Iris Patten, James Wall, and Ryan Thomps on for attempting to keep me sane throughout the thesis process. I would like to thank my adopted parents, Liz and Lee Synder, fo r their love and support. Lastly, I would like to thank my mom for ever ything. I would not be the person I am today without your love and support

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5 TABLE OF CONTENTS page ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ............................................................................................................... 4LIST OF TABLES ...........................................................................................................................8LIST OF FIGURES .........................................................................................................................9ABSTRACT ...................................................................................................................... .............10 CHAP TER 1 INTRODUCTION .................................................................................................................. 12Why Preserve the Past? ........................................................................................................ ..12Preservation for Practical vs. Emotional Reasons ........................................................... 13Practical reasons ............................................................................................................. .14Emotional reasons ........................................................................................................... 16Factors that Impact Hi storic Preservation ...............................................................................17Style ......................................................................................................................... ........17Craftsmanship ................................................................................................................. .19Property rights ............................................................................................................... ..20How are Historic Residential Interiors Being Lost? ...............................................................21Insensitive rehabilitations ................................................................................................22Market-driven teardowns .................................................................................................23Interior shell viewed as be ing of secondary importance .................................................24Historic Preservation Tools ................................................................................................... .24Legislation .......................................................................................................................25National Register for Historic Places .............................................................................. 26Secretary of the Interior Standards fo r Treatment of Historic Proprieties ...................... 28Historic interiors vs. recreated interiors .......................................................................... 29Availability of Financial Incentives ........................................................................................ 31Federal incentives ............................................................................................................ 31State rehabilitation tax credit for homeowners ................................................................ 33Easements ..................................................................................................................... ...342 THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK ..........................................................................................38Environmental Behavior ........................................................................................................ .38Sense of self .....................................................................................................................39Social identity ............................................................................................................... ...40Place identity ................................................................................................................ ...41Territorial marking ................................................................................................... 42Personalization ......................................................................................................... 43Place attachment .............................................................................................................. 44

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6 Familiarity, security, emotional comfort .................................................................. 44Destruction of interiors ............................................................................................. 45Nostalgia ................................................................................................................... 46Narrative ................................................................................................................... 47Summary ....................................................................................................................... ..........483 METHODOLOGY ................................................................................................................. 49Sense of self .....................................................................................................................51Worthiness .................................................................................................................... ...51Place attachment .............................................................................................................. 53Nostalgia ..................................................................................................................... .....544 CASE STUDY ........................................................................................................................56Case Study Background ..........................................................................................................56Case Study 1 Gainesville, FL ..........................................................................................59Case Study 2 Gainesville, FL .........................................................................................62Case Study 3 Lithonia, GA ............................................................................................. 64Case Study 4 Atlanta, GA .............................................................................................. 66Case Study 5 Carnesville, GA ........................................................................................67Environmental Autobiographies ...................................................................................... 69Cross Case Analysis ........................................................................................................... ....745 CONCLUSION .................................................................................................................... ...83APPENDIX A NUMBER OF SINGLE FAMILY HOMES BY AGE ........................................................... 87B LEGISLATION FOR STATE REHABI LTATION TAX CREDIT FOR HOMEOWNERS .................................................................................................................... 88C NUMBER OF HOUSES THAT USED STATE REHABILT ATION TAX CREDIT FOR HOMEOWNERS BY STATE ....................................................................................... 91D NUMBER OF SINGLE FAMILY HOUSES (20 06) COMPARED TO TOTAL NUMBER OF APPROVED SINGLE FAMI LY HOUSES THAT HAVE USED STATE REHABILITATION tax credit, by state ................................................................... 93E STATES WITH EASEMENT ENABLI NG L EGISLATION AND NUMBER OF EASEMENT HOLDING ORGANIZATIONS ......................................................................94F EASEMENTS BY ORGANIZATIONS BY STATE ............................................................. 96G TOTAL NUMBER OF SINGLE FAMILY HOUSES (2006) COMAPERD TO TOTAL NUMBER OF RESIDENTIAL EASEMENTS .................................................................... 108

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7 H PARTICIPANT CONSENT LETTER .................................................................................110I INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ................................................................................................. 112LIST OF REFERENCES .............................................................................................................116BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH .......................................................................................................123

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8 LIST OF TABLES Table page 5-1 Case Study House Status Historic or Historic ................................................................ 595-2 Case Study Subjects Treatment of House .......................................................................... 595-3 Cross Case Analysis Finding of Role of Sense of Self ...................................................... 765-4 Cross Case Analysis Role of Worthiness ...........................................................................775-5 Cross Case Analysis Role of Sense of Place ..................................................................... 785-6 Cross Case Analysis Role of Nostalgia .............................................................................79

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9 LIST OF FIGURES Figure page 3-1 Role of sense of self in decision making for homeowners. ............................................... 523-2 Role of worthiness in decision making for homeowners ................................................... 533-3 Role of Sense of Place Attachment in decision making for homeowners ......................... 543-4 Role of Nostalgia in de cision making for homeowners ..................................................... 555-1 Case Study House Interiors. P hotographs of Subject 1s house. ......................................615-2 Case Study House Interiors. P hotographs of Subject 2s house. ......................................635-3 Case Study House Interiors. P hotographs of Subject 3s house. ......................................655-4 Case Study House Interiors. P hotographs of Subject 5s house. ......................................695-5 Environmental Autobiog raphy drawing Subject 1 ........................................................... 705-6 Environmental Autobiog raphy drawing, Subject 3 ........................................................... 715-7 Environmental Autobiog raphy drawing Subject 4 ........................................................... 725-8 Environmental Autobiog raphy drawing, Subject 5 ........................................................... 73

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10 Abstract of Thesis Presen ted to the Graduate School of the University of Florida in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Interior Design RESCUING OUR PAST THE ROLE OF SENSE OF PLACE IN THE PRESERVATION OF RESIDENTIAL INTERIORS By Nalo Alexandra McGibbon August 2009 Chair: Maruja Torres-Antonini Major: Interior Design Historic residential interiors are being lost due to multiple causes. There are several strategies for fighting this loss including government suppor ted financial incentives for rehabilitation or restoration as well as individual efforts to recreate historic interiors. The purpose of this thesis is to ex amine some of the reasons that might explain the restoration, preservation or reconstruction of residential interiors. Despit e of the wide availability of financial incentives for their preservation, these initi atives are rarely used and historic residential interiors continue to be lost. Counteracting this phenomenon, some individuals are motivated enough to attempt saving interiors of the past on th eir own terms, and chose to create interiors to match their own interpretation of the history of their house. Case study research was conducted to describe and help explain individual choices in rehabilitating or restoring resi dential interiors. Case studies are well suited to examine contemporary phenomena within thei r real-life context. Cases we re controlled for single family house owners living in houses generally referred to as historic. Semi-structured informal interviews following approved prot ocols inquired about homeowner reasons for rehabilitating or restoring their house interiors. The case study participants emotional attachment, and

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11 identification with, their house were examin ed through interview questions and use of environmental autobiography methods. The information was then interp reted and a cross-case analysis was generated to identify recurring c onnections between psychosocial factors and the interpretive recreat ion of house interiors. This thesis summarizes the theoretical b ackground, method and results of this study, and findings from the case studies suggesting possi ble answers to the question: Why do people preserve, through rehabilitation, restoration or reconstruction, resi dential interiors of the past?

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12 CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION Why Preserve the Past? What preservation is really abou t is the retention and active re lationship of the buildings of the past to the communitys functioning presen t. You dont erase hist ory to get history; a citys character and qualit y are a product of continu ity. (Huxtable, 1986, p.62) Preservation is about maintaini ng an active relationship between the past and present. As Huxtable mentions, the history of a town can be seen in the various building types th at survive to the present. Preservation sa ves the historic and architectu ral legacy of our culture. Documentary evidence, such as photographs and blue prints, may allow for examination of historic structures but they do not capture the spirit of place. On e reason to preserve buildings is to safeguard these tangible links to the past and help individual s recognize who we are, how we became so, and to serve as an anchor for societ ys memories (Bathel, 1996; Stipe, 2003). The goal of historic preservation is neither to mothball, closing up a building to protect it while it is vacant, nor make every historic structure in to a museum; but to ma intain an interactive relationship with these structures so they are in use and relevant to the present. The historic buildings and interiors that surround us as part of our daily life also become part of our identity; as individuals are part of a continuous exch ange through which our surroundings create our identity and our identity creates our surroundings (Stipe, 2003). So, historic preservation helps create a bond between the commun ity and the individuals who live there (Rypkema, 2005). Some buildings are preserved because of their as sociation with either significant events or people of the past. Preserving these historic buildings protec ts the irreplaceable memories connected to historic events. However, historic buildings are preserved for reasons beyond their association with famous events or people. Some buildings are saved because they exemplify the distinctive characteristics of a type or period; some because of their intrinsi c artistic value (Stipe,

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13 2003). Some people may preserve for feelings of nostalgia for the past and others may choose to preserve historic buildings because they regard modern construction as uniform and therefore an inadequate means for maintaining the individuality and identity they seek (Stipe, 2003). Finally some may preserve historic buildings out of pr agmatic or economic needs. In general, the decision to preserve historic buildings is affected by social motives and these motives are themselves shaped by social struct ure and experiences with the hist oric building (Bathel, 1996). Preservation for Practical vs. Emotional Reasons In the m odern world, the idea that houses can be loved and beautiful has been eliminated altogether. For most of the world's housing, th e task of building houses has been reduced to a grim business of facts and figures, an uphill struggle against the relentless surge of technology and bureaucracy, in which human fee ling has almost been forgotten. (Franklin, 2001, p.79) For many centuries, houses have been viewed primarily as a shelter from the elements and little attention was paid to thei r aesthetic design (Rybczynski, 1986). Originally houses were just a shelter for sleeping but duri ng the middle ages the house evol ved to also be the primary location of a familys business (Rybczynski, 1986). These buildings were simply designed and could be either one large room where furniture was moved to suit individual needs, or a building of several stories where busine ss was conducted on street level a nd the upper level was where the family and apprentices slept (Rybczynski, 1986). Today such buildings would be classified as mixed use. As the Industrial era began business began to move out of private houses and into commercial buildings, thus allowing residential bu ildings to be used for a single purpose. Residential interiors began to change to accomm odate newly developing notions of family and privacy. The idea of home as a place that reflected indi vidual identity, privacy and comfort began in Europe in the late 17th and 18th Centuries and in America in the late 18th/early 19th Centuries (Matt, 2005, p. 16). The concept of the family home developed with the removal of business

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14 activities from the house (Rybczyns ki, 1986). Prior to this time, the idea of a close knit nuclear family did not exist since children were frequently sent to work as appr entices or servants as soon as they were old enough (Rybczynski, 1986). Once houses were no longer the main workplace, households grew smaller and containe d only an individual family. This change caused for houses to shift from being one or tw o large rooms to being further subdivided which coincided with developing ideas of boundaries between the public and private realms in a persons life (Rybczynski, 1986). Over the centu ries, these ideas deve loped into rooms for specific purposes and the arrangement of rooms to suit the intimacy gradient that developed (Alexander, 1977). These layouts are part of the physical evidence reflecting the time they were built and societys views on privacy. Historic residential buildings are evidence of the progression of the ideas of family and privacy. Practical reasons One of the m ain reasons to rehabilitate and reuse historic structures besides emotional reasons is the financial and environmental benefi ts of preservation, which are closely tied. The financial benefits of reusing an historic building reside in their potential for creating direct jobs and indirect revenue, for example from visitors to historic houses and districts (Rypkema, 1994). First, preservation or rehabilitation of a house is labor intensive process that not only creates construction jobs but also uses more highly sk illed labor than traditional construction work. These jobs help boost the local economy where the work is taking place by increasing the income base which then affects the community as a whole as individuals spend their earned money in their community (Rypkema, 1994). Anot her financial benefit is cultural heritage tourism, which is defined as traveling to e xperience the places, artif acts and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present. It includes cultural, historic and natural resources (NTHPa, 2008). Cultural tourism is a growing industry. It includes

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15 visiting properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as other historic neighborhoods, districts, towns and villages. Cultural tourism attract s visitors to both large cities and small towns (NTHPa, 2008). Studies have found that cultural heritage visitors spend more per day, stay longer, and visit more places than tourists in general (Rypkema, 1994, p.2). Individuals visit these places to e xperience a place first hand using all of their senses in order to be where history occu rred (Rypkema, 2005, p.78). Historic preservation has many environmental benefits from reduction of materials in landfills, the reuse of the embodied energy in buildings, the reduction of suburban sprawl, and the conservation of energy. First, preservation of historic buildings reduces the amount of debris entering the waste stream (Rypkema, 2005). Acco rding to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, construction debris accounts for at least 25% of waste stre am each year (NTHPb, 2008) this figure does not take into account th e transportation costs for debris removal or construction of new landf ills (Rypkema, 2005). Secondly, preserving a building saves embodied energy. Embodied energy is defined as the total expenditure of energy involved in th e creation of the building and its constituent materials (Rypkema, 2008). The average embodied energy in existing buildings is 5 to 15 gallons of gasoline per square f oot and it takes approximately 65 years for an energy efficient new building to save the amount of energy lost in demolition of an existing building (NTHPb, 2008). According to the National Trust for Histor ic Preservation, the amount of energy used to demolish and rebuild 82 billion squa re feet of space could be used to power the en tire state of California for 10 years and if 10% of the 82 billi on square feet was rehabilitated it would save enough energy to power the state of New York for well over a year (NTHPb, 2008).

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16 Third, historic preservation contributes to mo re compact development patterns and reduces suburban sprawl by increasing density and prom oting infill (Rypkema, 2005). Most historic neighborhoods were designed for pedestrians so residents rely less upon cars for local transportation. Also, historic neighborhoods generally tend to be near public transportation and within walking distan ce of basic goods and services and employment (Rypkema, 2005). Fourth, historic buildings were for the most part constructed to be compatible with the environment in which they were built, thus reducing energy consumption. According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, buildings constructed prior to 1920 are as or more energy efficient than buildings constructed th rough the year 2000 (NTHPb, 2008). Historic buildings, especially houses, were constructed with natural materials and considered the local climate and the building siting. Emotional reasons The em otional reasons for the preservation of residential buildings include the connection the physical evidence provides to the past and the aesthetic impact of the spaces. The buildings a society chooses to preserve or destroy reflec t its values; as the evolution of building style illustrates specific variations that respond to the circumstances and the needs of that community. Buildings consist of series of sequenced spaces that have specific uses that provide context for social activity and framework for individual and social identifications (Alexander, 1977). Environments therefore reflect the time and society in which they were built; in turn, individuals views towards their environment are determined by the meaning they attribute to it (Wilson & Mackenzie, 2000). Historic buildings and especially histor ic residential buildings not only convey a communitys self image but also help di fferentiate communities (Rypkema, 2005). The perceived importance of buildings is thought to lie in their aesthetic impact. One condition for

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17 preserving an historic building is that it exemplifies high artistic values and skilled craftsmanship (Weeks, 1995). The aesthetic impact of a building is "comprised of the various elements of a building; size, scale, proportion, massing and volume, relationship of parts to each other and to the whole, ornamentation, rhythm, light and sh adow, texture, decorati on and color" (Sudjic, 2005, p.85). Some claim that an i ndividuals desire to live in a given space depends on the beauty attributed to it. A study found that, aesthetically, indi viduals prefer rooms that are familiar, warm, stimulating and orderly, not decorative, fancy, complex, formal and stimulating (Ritterfeld & Cupchik, 1996). The study does not however state what characteristics make a room feel one way or another but does state that people associate aesthetic characteristics to, and develop aesthetic preferences for, specific room types. Factors that Impact Historic Preservation There are many different issues that im pact on whether a building and it s interiors will be preserved, a few factors are: style, quality of craftsmanship, property rights. The negative impact of these factors on a bu ildings interior can lead to insensitive renovations and marketdriven teardowns. Style Public perception of architectur e styles is one obstacle that historic preservation m ust overcome. Popular or vernacular styles are wh at people encounter on a regular, long-term basis in their daily lives (Nasar, 1989; Purcell & Nasar, 1992). Popular styles commonly encountered in the United States include Mediterranean, Prairie School, Craftsman, Period/French, Contemporary, Farm, Colonial or Tudor (Stamp s & Nasar, 1997). Popular styles are so prevalent that little importance is placed on them because they are viewed as ordinary or pedestrian. This applies equally to architectural she ll and the interior. Th e interior in popular styles is what most individuals are exposed to on a regular basis throughout their lives. Due to

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18 this constant exposure these spaces are not view ed as special so less im portance is placed on protecting them. Vernacular buildings such as the Sears Roebuck and Levittown houses are examples of historic buildings that are viewed with less im portance. Over a 32 year period, starting in the 1908 season, Sears Roebuck and Co. sold over 70 ,000 mail order houses in a variety of styles (Sears, 2008). Few, if any, Sears Roebuck houses are considered landmarks. In 2007, the city of Washington, D.C. bulldozed a 1925 Sears Ro ebuck house with cheers from neighbors who viewed it as blight due to lack of maintenance (Foster, 2007 ). The house was relatively intact and was one of the few examples of a Sears Roeb uck house remaining in Washington, D.C. Of the remaining Sears Roebuck homes few retain or iginal elements like windows, doors, or siding (Thorton, 2002). Levittown, NY began in 1947 as a community of mass produced houses built for returning G.I.s from WWII (Matarrese, 1997). In the fo ur-year building boom ending in 1951 a total of 17,447 Levitt houses were built; nearly all of which today have either been expanded or remodeled (Matarrese, 1997). While people may not rate either a Levitt home or Sears mail order house as significant structures to preserve they are vitally important. These houses represent a shift in technology with the us e of mass production that made houses affordable for more individuals (Arieff, 2002). High style architecture can be de fined as buildings that are de signed by an architect (Nasar, 1989). These face the opposite problem of popular styles as an architect designed building is either created for a specific client or in a unique styl e, or are site specific, or appeal to the clients psychological and emotional impact. Buildings commissioned by architects are built with better quality materials than vernacular buildings since they are constructed to last and usually on a

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19 larger scale. These buildings are shaped by the egos of those who commi ssioned them as well as those who designed them; the building is thus used as a symbol of their wealth and power (Sudjic, 2005). However, even houses built by famous architects are threatened. An example of this is Phillip Johnsons livable Glass House built in 1953 for Alice Ball in New Canaan, CT (Newman, 2008). The Ball House is considered as one of the progeny of Johnsons famous Glass House constructed in 1949 almo st entirely of sheet glass. In the Ball House, Johnson explored many of the same ideas of separati on of public and private spaces, open and closed volumes, the linkages between these oppositions, a nd the relation of the whole to the surrounding natural environment that he had in the orig inal building (Jenkins & Mohney, 2001, p.96). The threat of destruction to the 1,773 square foot house ties to its current ow ners lack of use and prospective buyers for the house (Newman, 2008). New Canaan had over 90 modernist buildings designed by famous architects, incl uding Johnson, however, over the years two dozen have been torn down in favor of large McM ansion style buildings, bulky, out-of scale new houses on small parcels that do no t fit the existing char acter of a community (Newman, 2008). Craftsmanship A building m aybe an excellent example of s uperior craftsmanship and not be designed by an architect. Individuals rate older buildings higher on having physical features contributing to visual richness such as decoration, natural materi als, curves, articulated walls, distinctiveness, and mystery (Herzog & Shier, 2000). In respondi ng to the requirements of industrial processes, the mass production of homes has lead to a lack of details and features wh ich are identified as important in a home: prospect and refuge, enticement, peril, and complex order, which enhance the experience of home (Gallaghe r, 2006, p. 6; Hiss, 1990). Not surprisingly, most people think

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20 older homes are more beautiful and are more charming and have a sense of history when compared to new standard houses (Gram-Hanssen & Beth-Danielsen, 2004). However, some people will not purchase an old house because of the maintenance work that is necessary for its upkeep (Gram-Hanssen & Beth-Danie lsen, 2004; Herzog & Shier, 2000; Rowe, 2004). But, for those who do purchase an older home, the individual investment and sweat equity used to maintain and improve their h ouse creates a special feeling of being at home. This may partly explain why so me people spend so much time and money on their house. These homeowners not only maintain and decorate a ho use but in their eyes their efforts equal to building a home and family (Gram-Hanssen & Beth-Danielsen, 2004). Property rights Private property rights give th e owner the right to the unrestricted and ex c lusive use to the property and exclude interferen ce from everyone else (Black, 1983). They ensure that an individual has the right to do what they wish with their property as long as it causes no harm to others. Property rights extend to the effects of listing a build ing on the National Register of Historic Places. While no propert y can be listed on the National Re gister without consent of the property owners, the owner still maintains the ri ght to intervene the property as they wish provided no federal funding is involved. However, there is no responsib ility upon the owners to restore or maintain their buildings (Tyler, 2000). The rights of the individual versus those of the greater population are at odds when discussing historic preservati on. According to Blacks Law Dictionary (2004), historic preservation falls under police power which encompasses community values and aesthetics as well as the power to make laws to preserve th e public security, orde r, health, morality, and justice. This power grants the government th e right to designate buildings or districts as historic properties without the owners approva l (Blacks, 2004). The Supreme Court has ruled

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21 that this power is not deemed a taking, a govern ment appropriation of land where the owner is not fairly compensated, as the designati on does not result in the property being beyond reasonable use but is another form of la nd use regulation (Blacks, 2004; Leichenko, 2001; Ziegler, 2008). The strength of historic preserva tion lies in local government since they have the power to require private property owners to preserve their proper ties (Mallard, 2002). The preservation of the exteriors of homes is commonplace with the use of city, state and national ordinances that create hist oric districts. Impact of privat e buildings on a historic district is limited to what may affect the public. As th e majority of historic buildings are privately owned, it is only the exteriors that can be seen by others. As a consequence, historic preservation has a tendency to put greater emphasis on the preservation of facades. This means historic interiors are either overl ooked or treated as being of sec ondary importance to the exterior (Andrus, 1988; Sidwell, 1, 2006). While the interiors and exterior s of buildings are interrelated, the significance of some buildings is based more heavily on thei r interiors either because of craftsmanship or relationship with a historic figure. How are Historic Residential Interiors Being Lost? Like people, houses are created, live and grow old. Like us, they eventually disappear. Houses that survive to be studied, explored, and admired by distant generations should be regarded as emissari es from another time, as gateways into our past. (Larkin, 2006, p. 4) The difference between the loss of the archite cture of a building and its interior is significant. House interiors in clude material culture and so cial customs handed down from previous generations (Lawrence, 1987). Interior s are socially constructed environments whose form relates partly to the social qualities of the time and place that created them (Wilson & Mackenzie, 2000). Because of this, the histor y of a house can be told through its interior

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22 renovations. There is a logical pr ogression in houses from public to private areas which is a reflection of the time and era in which the interior was built. Insensitive rehabilitations Insensitiv e rehabilitations, where the historic character of the interiors are damaged or destroyed, are another reason why in teriors of historic buildings ar e lost. During rehabilitations, the interiors of buildings in general receive alterations. Th e Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitations set a threshold at which replacement rath er than repair of historic materials, such as moldings and windows occurs. However, th is threshold is set very low (Fisher, 1998). Historic character is defined as tangibl e architectural compon ents that convey the buildings sense of time and place (Jandl, 1988, p. 1). These tangible elements of a buildings past which may include the buildings floor pl an, spaces and volumes, individual architectural features, as well as the finishes and materials, are vulnerable because owners of a historic house are private property owners and are under no obliga tion to preserve or maintain these elements. Gut rehabilitations, or gut rehabs, are defined as the removal, or gutting, of the interior elements in a structur e, leaving only the structural elements standing (Burden, 2004). This trend is on the rise, as the U.S. Departme nt of Housing and Urban Development estimates that 1.8 million houses will be demolished nationw ide during this decade due to redevelopment efforts involving residential demolition and gut rehabilitation of older substandard housing. However, it is not just substandard housing that is affected by gut rehabilitations. An example of this can be seen in the historic district of Nantucket, MA. In 2000, Nantucket was placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation list of Americas 11 Most Endangered Places because of the increased threat to the islands houses due to developmen t (National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2007). Acknowledgement of this issu e has prompted the National Park Service to recommend a study to measure the impact of gut rehabilitations and poor restorations on the

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23 District compared to the conditions a decade or tw o ago. It also calls for the inventory of the condition of 800 identified pre-Ci vil War structures to determin e what has been lost due to economic changes (Landmarks, 2008). Market-driven teardowns A teardown is the trend of de molishing an old building to build a ne w building on the same site. The houses that replace these older houses are frequently out of scal e with the rest of the buildings in the community, which affect the fabric of the neighborhood (NTHP, 2008a). The trend has been driven by a thriving economy wher e land values increase sharply and individuals look to live in urban or close suburban neighbor hoods, however the large homes they are looking for are not available in these older neighbor hoods (NTHPc, 2008). In 2002, 100 communities in 20 states were identified as suffering mark et-driven teardowns; as of March 2008 over 500 communities in 40 states were reporting the trend (NTHP, 2008). Sin ce states track data differently, it is difficult to find out exactly how many houses are being destroyed each day. Nonetheless if they arent facing teardown it is conceivabl e that they may be undergoing insensitive renovations removing the historic fabr ic of the home leaving only a shell. An example of the teardown trend is the case of John Henry, owner of the Boston Red Sox, who purchased a 1930s Georgian revival with seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms on a 7-acre property in Brookline, MA(Reed, 2007). A month after pu rchasing the property, paperwork was filed to demolish the house. The Brookline Historic Pr eservation Committee delayed the paperwork for nine months but finally gave Mr Henry permission to tear down the house, after he agreed to give the town some photographs and artifacts fr om house (Press, 2008). Another example of the regularity of teardowns is Westport, Connectic ut, where the trend is documented by the local newspaper in a Teardown of the Day interactiv e map that follows the progression of teardowns from demolition permit to destruction (Matlow, 2008). Claims are that 7746 houses were torn

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24 down in 2007, ranking it second in building demoliti ons in the state of Connecticut (Boynton, 2008). Interior shell viewed as be ing of secondary importance Architecture over tim e "takes on the patina and the resonance of the events that have taken place inside it, and of the people who have occupi ed it. Buildings are historical markers that show the passing of time..."(Sudjic, 2005, p.13). However, the historic characte r of an interior is frequently viewed as secondary to faade. An example is Washington, D.C. where because of height limitations developers keep the faade of a building but build to maximum height limit behind the faade (Tyler, 2000). The exterior of a building may give the observer cues about how to behave but it is the interior of a buildi ng which contains symbolic elements that inform people about whom and what to expect (Cherulnik & Wilderman, 1986; J. L. Nasar & Devlin, 2000). The interior with its physic al and symbolic qualities is cen tral to the human experience (Rullo, 1987). Without interiors, all that remains are faades where the sens e of the past is lost once a person enters inside of a building (Mallard, 2001-2002). Historic Preservation Tools Are there an y tools available to help pres ervation and encourage rehabilitation of residential interiors? A brief examination of historic pres ervation tools in America show that two major tools are the Secretary of the Interi ors Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and the National Register fo r Historic Places. The early preservation efforts in America were mainly conducted by private non-profit organizations that were dedicated to purchasi ng and preserving buildi ngs (Tyler, 2000). The Antiquities Act of 1906 was the United States first preservation legislation which beyond designating parks as national landmarks also established historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientif ic interest (Mallard, 2001-2002;

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25 Tyler, 2000). During the early part of the twen tieth century, however historic significance was perceived as being associated with a famous person or event, not with arch itectural significance. After World War II, returning soldiers dreamt of owning the American dream of a newly built single family house on an individual lot in the suburbs. In order to meet these needs the government issued programs such as slum clear ance and urban redevelopment (Lea, 2003). These programs were aided by government polic y making based on the idea that it was cost effective to destroy entire (historic) nei ghborhoods to make way for modern buildings and highways (Lea, 2003). These policies continued acro ss the country but it wa s the destruction of New York Citys Pennsylvania St ation which brought the issue of lost architectural heritage to light. In 1963 McKim, Mead and Whites Pennsy lvania Station was destroyed partially due to pressures from urban renewal policies, however when the issue was placed before New York Citys Planning Commission all they could vote on was the proposed use of the land and not on its existing use or importance (Huxtable, 1986, p. 47). Writing about the ruins of Pennsylvania Station in the Secaucus Meadowlands, architectura l critic Ada Louise Huxtable said, They pose disturbing questions and touch problems that go to the core of a culture in which destruction and regeneration, art and nihilism, are becomi ng indistinguishable (Huxtable, 1986, p.52). Legislation Before 1966, som e states had already passed th eir own historic pres ervation ordinances which took one of two formsregistration of landmarks and enabli ng legislation. However, in 1966, the National Trust for Historic Preservation publishe d their report With Heritage So Rich which documented what had been lost of American architectural heritage (Tyler, 2000). This report called for an expanded role for preserva tion supported by the federal government (Tyler, 2000). The reports recommendations included:

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26 1. A comprehensive survey of hist orically and architecturally significant buildings, sites, structures, districts, and objects, and their inclusion in a National Register. 2. A partnership of federal, state, and lo cal governments to deal specifically with preservation, including the establishment of a national advisory council on historic preservation and the designation of pres ervation officers in every state. 3. A program of financial incentives for preser vation to balance the incentives for new construction. (Tyler, 2000, p 45) The same year Congress passed the National Historic Preservati on Act of 1966 (NHPA), which stated that preserving historic sites is a benefit to the cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational, economic and energy needs of Amer ica. One of the first actions taken following the Act was establishing the Na tional Register of Historic Places (Mallard, 2001-2002), the nations inventory of recognized hist oric districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeol ogy, and culture (Tyler, 2000). The passage of the NHPA has lead to developmen t of many preservation initiatives; one of the most influential being the Tax Reform Act of 1976. This act removed the incentive for demolishing older commercial buildings and provided a tax write-off for certified rehabilitations (Tyler, 2000). In order to qualify for the Federa l Tax Incentives under this act, the project must meet several different criteria, the most important being that the work must follow the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. It should be noted that this power was placed with the Secretary of the Interior due to its in charge to coordinate the internal growth of the country and protec t the welfare of the people. National Register for Historic Places The process for a building or dist rict to qualify for the National Register f or Historic Places is related to the structures hist orical significance. In general, the property should be of a certain age, usually over 50 years old, or have established cultural significance.

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27 The application for listing a building on the Natio nal Register requires scholarly research. First, a physical inspection of the property should be conducted to check propertys historic integrity because the property should retain its historic appearance, as well as physical materials, design features, and aspects of constr uction dating from the period when it attained significance (McClelland, 2008). Next historical research need s to be conducted with the applicants gathering facts regard ing the propertys physical charac teristics, date of construction, changes to the property over time, historic functions and activities association with events and persons, and the role of the property in the hi story of the community, State, or the nation (McClelland, 2008). This documentation is used for evaluating the historic worth of the property. There are four criteria that are used for eval uation of an historic st ructure or site for the National Register for Historic Preservation which are: Cr iterion A applies to properties associated with significant events; Criterion B ap plies to properties associ ated with the life of a significant person; Criterion C applies to prope rties of significant design and construction; Criterion D applies to properties or sites that have or are likely to yield archeological information pertaining to history or prehisto ry (Tyler, 2000). Furthermore, th e propertys significance relates to its integrity of both material and place. The property should be close to original condition and not have been greatly altered over time or relocated from its original site. However, if an altered structure has historical signifi cance then that becomes the criterion for its evaluation. Criterion C as mentioned include s "distinctive characteristics" which are physical features or traits that commonly recur in individual types, pe riods, or methods of construction. To be eligible, a property must clearly contain enough of those characteristi cs to be considered a true representative of a particular type, period, or method of constructi on. Interior characteristics can

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28 be expressed in terms such of the buildings fo rm, the rooms proportions, the plan, period/style, or materials (Andrus, 1990). Nonetheless, wh ile listing buildings on the National Register encourages preservation by documen ting its significance, it does not restrict the rights of private property owners to alter the interiors if any impor tant interior elements are not clearly described in the statement of significance (Tyler, 2000). Beyond removal from the National Register, there are no penalties to altering or destroying a building listed on the National Register. Secretary of the Interior Standards for Treatment of Histo ric Proprieties The Secretary of Interior Standards for the Tr eatment of Historic Pr operties, developed in 1979, was created as design guidelines for appr opriate interventions for preservation and rehabilitation work (Tyler, 2000). The Secretar y of Interiors Standard s is the prevailing guideline used by every state for an y historic preservation work to be done on a certified historic restoration. While the Standards are ...neither technical nor prescrip tive, but intended to promote responsible preservation practices (Weeks, 1995), if a project is to receive federal tax credit or be included on the Nationa l Register for Historic Places the work must comply with the Standards (Sidwell, 2006, p 15). The Standards id entify four treatment options for buildings: preservation, rehabilitation, restoration and reconstruction, which are described as follows: Preservation is defined as the retention of the greatest amount of historic fabric, along with the buildings historic form, features, and detailing as they have evolved over time. Rehabilitation acknowledges the need to alter or add to a historic building to meet continuing or new uses while retaini ng the buildings historic character Restoration is defined as allowing for the de piction of a building at a particular time in its history by preserving materials from the period of significance and removing materials from other periods Reconstruction establishes a limited framework for re-creating a vanished or nonsurviving building with new materials, pr imarily for interpretive purposes.(Weeks, 1995)

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29 These treatments are designed to work with a variety of historic resource from buildings, sites, structures, objects a nd districts. The Standards recommend examining the relative importance of the building to history by asking, is it an example of the work of a master builder or did a historic event occur in it? A propertys historic significance affects which treatment Standard should be followed. If a building is highly significant then a Preservation or Restoration approach would be recommended (Weeks, 1995). Other qu estions posed are, what is its physical condition or de gree of material integrity? Is the bu ilding largely intact or has it been greatly altered and are these alterations part of the buildings history? If period materials, features and finishes are present then the Standards recommend Preser vation; however, if the building requires extensive repairs, replacement or alterations then Rehabilitation would be recommended (Weeks, 1995). The Standards require the preservation of interi or and exterior elements characteristic of the buildings style and period of construction. Interiors include everything from the finishes and materials on the floors, walls and ceilings, the buildings plan and spaces such as the sequences of spaces and rooms and their volumes as well as individual architectural features (Jandl, 1988). Interior elements could include sp aces that interrelate func tionally and visually or floor plans which could be distinc tive and characteristic of a styl e of architecture or a region or fixtures and finishes (Jandl, 1988) Frequently historic interior s are lost to allow for new use even though the Standards state that characterdefining features and ma terials are not to be negatively impacted (Sidwell, 2006). Historic interiors vs. recreated interiors The interiors of a building, whet her simply detailed or rich ly ornate, convey important information about its early inhabitants (Jandl, 1988). Some interiors have undergone extensive renovations through the years leaving little of the original fabric. There are several options of

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30 how to treat spaces where there is little left of the original interior--to update the interior, to preserve the existing fabric, or to recreate the pe riod (Volz, 1993). Similarly, there are several different approaches for recr eating period interiors. One approach involves first listing the build ing on the National Register. Due to the scholarly research involved for listing a building on the National Register the merit of the building is examined to determine whether it trul y is a historic building. First this requires research on the buildings history. This archiv al research entails ex amination of historic documents such as tax records and deeds whic h may provide information on changes to the building (Quenzel, 1993). Maintain ing historic status involves co mpleting work according to the Secretary of the Interiors Standard s. The next step is a thorou gh investigation of the rooms to search for clues of what fixtures and finishes were originally in the space. This includes examining the walls and woodwork for hardware holes, searching for remains of old wallpaper, paint colors or floor covers (Volz, 1993). The St andards encourage analysis of samples to reveal information about composition of the elements, such as plaster, paint and mortar, and any replacement elements should be constructed using the same techniques as the original elements (McDonald, 1993). Remaining original materials ar e not to be destroyed in order to replace them with a replica (Seale, 1993). This academ ic approach following the Secretarys Standards confirms the appropriateness of the intervention and the continued authenticity of a certified historic structure. Restored or rehabilitated interiors, wher e the building has not been certified by the National Register or rehabilitation work does not fo llow the Secretary of the Interiors Standards, may involve the same degree of scholarship as that demanded by a historic interior. Whereas interior restorations or rehabilitations technically involve resear ch to rebuild spatial components

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31 and features, the more frequently found reha bilitations recreate or reintroduce missing elements with varying degrees of accuracy. To assess missing components or features, this approach relies on conjecture ov er research. In the absence of original elements, reasonably styled reproductions and approximations are used. The resulting interior spaces are manufactured replicas of a chosen period that ma y look appropriate to the period of significance of the building but may not be historically accurate to it. It sh ould be noted that recreated or reconstructed interiors contain elements of a desired style or period; however, they make no attempt at going back to earlier technology but integrate contemporary technology with the period elements (Rybczynski, 1986). Availability of Financial Incentives An exa mination of two financial incentives for homeowners which requires the use of either the Secretary of Interio rs Standards or listing on the Nati onal Register will provide a look into the extent of the certified historic housing stock. Among others, federal and state governments have created rehabilitation tax credits and other legal instruments such as historic preservation easements to conserve th e nations architectural heritage. Federal incentives The Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit, perh aps the m ost well known financial incentive available for Historic Preservation, is only available or commercial or income producing residential structures and not for residential homeo wners. In order to qualify for the federal tax incentives, the project must meet several criteria the most important of which is that the work must follow the Secretary of the Interior Standard s for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Certified historic structures are eligible for a Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit equal to 10 20 percent or of the cost of rehabilitation depending on which criteria the building meets (Kass, 1993).

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32 There are several other federal programs that are currently available for building or neighborhood restoration or revitalization in cluding the HOPE VI, 203 K Rehab Loans and Community Development Block Grant program. HOPE VI is a program developed by the Depa rtment of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide funding to Public Housing Aut horitys, not individuals. The Public Housing Authority, created by an act of Congress in 1937, currently provides affordable housing to 1.3 million households (HUD, 2008). This program doe s provide revitalization grants for major rehabilitation and other physical improvements for existing housing but is not directly designed for historic preservati on, (HUD, 2008). The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a program overseen by HUD to provide monies to cities or communities with citizen involvement (HUD, 2008). The program is designed to help low and moderate income persons prevent or eliminate blight by making certain that decent affordable housing is av ailable. It also aims to cr eate jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses (HUD, 2008) While not specifically designe d as a historic preservation program, CDBGs help maintain the fabric of neighborhoods by keeping the neighborhood viable. Another program offered by the Federal Hous ing Administration is the 203K Rehab Loans which provides single family mortgage insuranc e programs (HUD, 2008). The program is to be used for rehabilitation and/or improvement of an existing one -to four-unit dwelling (HUD, 2008). The program allows one of the follo wing options: to purchase a dwelling and rehabilitate, to purchase a dw elling on another site and move it onto a new foundation on a mortgage property and rehabilitate or refinance existing properties indebtedness and rehabilitate (HUD, 2008). The loan is only approved for such things as painting, room additions, decks and

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33 other items also all health, safety and ener gy conservation items must be addressed (HUD, 2008). Two main incentives that are available for homeowners are the state rehabilitation tax credit and/or placing a preserva tion easement on the house. State rehabilitation tax credit for homeowners State rehabilita tion tax credit (SRTC) allows fo r a percentage of the cost of rehabilitation of a structure to reduce the tax liability instead of a deduction which reduces taxable income by a percentage (Kass, LaBelle, & Hansell, 1993). Th e State Rehabilitation Ta x Credit is similar to the Federal policy in that it allows for a credit on eligible rehabilitation ex penses. However, each state establishes their own criteria for which bu ildings may qualify for credit, ensuring that rehabilitation preserves the hi storic and architectural char acter of the building through submission of plans before the project begins and documentary evidence of the work once completed. Additionally the majority of states require homeowners to meet the Secretary of Interiors Standards (Schwartz, 2007). While each states tax credit programs vary in effectiveness; some keys have been identified as contributing to a good State Rehabilitation Tax Credit program. These are: eligibility of build ings, use of the Secret ary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation as a guideline, and tr ansferability of the tax credit (Schwartz, 2007). Of the 50 states, 22 states have a state reha bilitation tax credit for homeowners as of November 2008. These states, as listed on Appe ndix B, are Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, L ouisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. St ate Rehabilitation Tax Credit for Homeowner (SRTC) vary from 10% 30% but they all require the rehabilitation work to comply with the Secretary of Interiors Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties (Appendix A). The

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34 Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabil itation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings require the preservati on of interior and exterior el ements characteristic of the buildings style and period of construction. Home owners seeking to use their state SRTC are required to preserve or be sensitive to the interior of their house. As shown in Appendix B, in all 22 states th at have a State Rehabilitation Tax Credit for Homeowners as of November 2008 only 11,397 projects have been approved. This total number of houses that have been approved for SRTC is relatively a small amount. According to Appendix A from the US Census bureau, th ere are approximately 75,647,000 single family houses from 2009 to earlier than 1919; this figu re includes attached and detached houses. Approximately 23,098,000 or 30% of these homes we re constructed prior to 1959. Only .05% of properties eligible by age, not by any other of the Nationa l Register criteria such as condition or historic significance, have used the State Rehabilitation Tax Credit for Homeowners. This also does not factor the number of single family house owners who preserved their houses and did not apply for the SRTC. Easements There are tw o different types of easements under English Law, which is the basis for American Law; easements appurtenant and easements in gross. These two types of easements allow for owners to relinquish part of the bundl e of rights which is purchased with the property (Butler, 1985). Appurtenant eas ements benefit an adjoining la ndowner and subsequent owners are bound by restrictions while easements in gross are conveyed to a third party other than an adjoining landowner and subsequent owners are not bound by it (Morgan, 1999). Historic preservation easements can be used to protect a range of property types. Scenic and open space easements protect open spaces, historic and scenic views as well as the surroundings of significant buildings; exterior and faade easements protect the out side appearance of buildings

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35 by controlling alterations a nd requiring maintenance; and lastly interior easements protect all or part of building interiors (Maddex, 1990). The fundamental concept of property ownership is the idea of fee-simple title which is the legal right to ownership of land. A property owner's land rights include the ability to treat the property as a marketable commodity (Morgan, 1999) However, a property owner can grant a portion of their property rights in the form of an easement to an organization. The grantor and grantee share stewardship of hist oric property under an easement agreement which is granted in perpetuity so all subsequent owners are also bound to honor the easement agreement (Morgan, 1999). In the case of historic preservation easeme nts, if the property is a certified historic structure then the property ow ner is eligible for federal in come and estate tax deductions (Morgan, 1999). The property must be assessed by a qualified appraiser to determine the fair market value before and after the easement is pl aced on the structure to determine the value of the easement (NPS, 2008). The easement must m eet certain qualificatio ns put forward by the IRS: the building or structure must be listed on the National Register of Historic Places or located in an historic district a nd certified by the U.S. Dept of th e Interior as being historically significant. Also, the property must be made accessible to the public for a minimum of two days a year. Lastly, to qualify for the annual federal tax deductible of up to 50% for the donation of a preservation easement, the easement must cover the entire exterior of the building ("Pension Protection Act of 2006," 2006). Preservation easements can be written to cover either the exterior or the interior of a building. They can help to protect buildings fr om demolition, neglect or insensitive alterations as well as help ensure that property owner w ill maintain a certain level of maintenance on property. Easements can help protect interiors when significance of the interiors is not fully

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36 stated on the National Register nomination. An interior easement is written specifically to protect the character defining or si gnificant features of a certified historic building. Typically, an interior easement contains restrictions that regulate activities such as the change of use that may have an adverse impact on si gnificant historic or decora tive features found throughout the building (Morgan, 1999). Forty Six states have easement enabling legislation for historic preservation easements with only Iowa, Maryland, Missour i and Ohio without legislati on. Maine, Massachusetts and North Carolina have legislation that states interi ors are to be included in a historic preservation easement (Appendix E). Background research found that at the time of this research there were 9,398 commercial and residential easements held by the 100 local or state wide easement organizations and 8 regional or national easement organizations. On ly 2,616 easements covered interiors, 1241 were residential, and 165 covered reside ntial interior (Appendix F). Na tionally, only about 6% of all interior easements are residential interiors and only approximately 13% of all historic preservation residential easement s include interiors. These numbers appear to be extremely small and beg a comparison to the national reside ntial housing stock. As shown in Appendix A, approximately 23,098,000 houses are over 50 years old; this number does not consider housing conditions or historic signifi cance. Of the residential housi ng stock constructed prior to 1959, only 0.005% is protected by a residential easement. Of that only 0.0007% of the housing stock by age is protected by residential interior easements. These fi gures do not calculate the number of individuals who have preserve d or restored their historic re sidential interiors and without using an easement as a financial incentive. N onetheless, this is an insignificant number of historic residential inte riors being protected.

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37 Since neither of these incentives are greatly used this indica tes that people are not being driven by incentives to preserve their historic residences. The number of certified historic residences that are preserved th rough these methods is very mini mal. The number of recreated or reconstructed period interiors is unknown since this data is not tracked; however, experience suggests that this number may not be negligible. In light of this eviden ce, the question is, Are there perhaps psychosocial fact ors that drive people to pr eservethrough rehabilitation, restoration or reconstructionresidential interiors of the past?

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38 CHAPTER 2 THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK A search of the literature established that few articles looked into the psychological reasons for why people choose to re store, rehabilitate or reconstruc t interiors of old houses. This issue m ay be approached from the environmental behavior psychology which examines the transactions between individuals and their physical settings (Gifford, 2002, p.1). While the field of environmental psychology is broad this study particularly examin ed its sense of self, social identity, place identity and place attach ment theories as possibly issues bearing on individual decisions in favor or against pres ervation of historic hous es and the interpretive reconstruction of hist oric interiors. Environmental Behavior The m eaning of residential inte riors has changed in response to the ideology of the times (Sparke, 2004). Environmenta l behavior literature review sugge sts that the choice to preserve historic residential interi ors, or not, may be attributed to seve ral factors, including perceptions of sense of self, social identity, place identity, and/ or place attachment. How individuals appraise their environment is based on personal impression s of place which is rela ted to how individuals see themselves and how they want others to see th em (sense of self and social identity); these impressions then directly affect how the pl ace makes them feel (place identity and place attachment) (Gifford, 2002). The place that a pe rson feels attached to is where they feel comfortable and safe to reveal their inner self; similarly the pl ace reflects and reinforces their sense of self (Cooper Marcus, 1997). Environmenta l behavior offers some insights into these issues. The underlying theme is th at home represents more than just the physical settingthe domestic residencebut also encompasses emotiona l connection. The feeling of security creates a feeling of having a home which cr eates in individuals a sense of control over their fate (Steele,

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39 1981). How individuals choose to live in their homes reflects, expresses and forms the the social relationships among household members, kin, neighborhoods, and even more distant social partners (Saergert, 1992, p. 293). Sense of self An individuals sense of self is the answer to the question "Who a m I?" (Myers, 2008) Sense of self is how individuals identify with certain environments form attachments, and define themselves by their experiences with those environments (Kopek, 2006); and focuses on the individuals beliefs, interp retations, and evaluation of one self (Proshansky, Fabian, & Kaminoff, 1983, p.58). Identity is not static but is a ffected by different variab les. Social identity and place identity are all factor s that affect an individuals sense of self (Twigger-Ross, Bonaiuto, & Breakwell, 2003), however, individuals adjust their se nse of self in relation to situations and the enviro nment (Manzo, 2003). Sense of self both defines the unique person at a certain stage in life and it expre sses conformity to social norms or self conscious challenges to those norms (Saegert, 1992, p. 291). Another factor in sense of se lf is the individuals personal preferences. These preferences are the result of who they are and also guide th eir decision making process. Preference types can be separated into three categories which Steele calls things-, people-, and place-people ()(Steele, 1981). Things-people are concerned with the things they do such as work or other activities. People-people relationships are mainly concerned by such as friends and family. Finally, placepeople are more likely to feel attachment between their sense of self and their place (Steele, 1981). Place-people are more likely to be drawn to the architecture and interiors of buildings as part of their self and social id entity. Place-people may be more li kely to be attracted to older buildings since they are more likely than the other preference types to have their sense of self become entwined with a place.

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40 Individuals sense of self is reflected in their choices of dwellings. People search for a congruence between the symbolic image of their dwellings and their sense of self. On a conscious or unconscious level, individuals may feel congruence with po pularly held ideals and meanings associated with certain architectural features and furn ishing. When this occurs, they may see their sense of self reflected in certain architectural styles and identify with it. Some argue that moveable objects are more accurate sym bols of self than the physical fabric of the house (Cooper-Marcus, 1995). However, that argument does not seem to consider the importance of personalization and adaption of the physical space to match an individuals sense of self. Social identity One factor affecting how people view them selves and their surroundings is social identity. Social identity is defined by the social groups or categories an i ndividual belongs to and their social identification of who they are and who they are not (Twi gger-Ross et al., 2003) However, social identity, as with all forms of identity, is not static and individuals may have multiple social identities which relate to their relationships with their house, neighborhood, state or country. Communication of an indivi duals identity requires that social cues are able to be read and understood. As American society has undergone a high degree of intensive mobility over time, the home has taken the role as a marker of acquired social status and is viewed as a reflection of self (Busch, 1999; Cherulnik & Wilderman, 1986; Cooper Marcus, 1997; Gallagher, 2006; Gram-Hanssen & Beth-Danielsen, 2004). The interior of a house is a place where social aspirations can be expressed in terms of aesthet ics (Sparke, 2004). The rooms of a house are empty stages where individuals enact the rituals and improvisations of their identity and social identity (Moore, Allen, & Lyndon, 1974). The home is considered the primary symbol of self and its interior design is a repr esentation of an individuals id entity. Houses have through time

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41 obtained cues about the previous inhabitants social status, whic h may or may not be read the same at the present. Some individuals may c hoose to align their social identity with older residences as a tribute to what they perceive the social cues to represent. The choice of a house to in live reflects how individuals ideally like to see themselves. The motivation for choosing where to live is affected by several variables such as cost, location, and socioeconomic status of nei ghborhood, style and upkeep but maybe the most important is the symbolic role of the house as expression of social identity (Cooper Marcus, 1997; Gram-Hanssen & Beth-Danielsen, 2004; Sirgy, Grzeskowiak, & Su, 2005; Wilson & Mackenzie, 2000). The greater the match between home an d neighborhood image, and the individuals actual and social image of self, the more likely the homebuyer is to purchase the home (Sirgy et al., 2005). Neighborhoods have a tendency to attract peop le of similar background and values, socialeconomic status, stages of family life cycle, and career patterns. Peopl e have a tendency to choose homes in neighborhoods that have people w ith similar self and social identity (Wilson & Mackenzie, 2000). The style of a house is a symbol that has social meaning that is continuously in flux. Every material can be manipulated to express identity however exterior s can be misrepresentative due to regulations while interiors are where individuals have the most freedom to express themselves and create a sense of place id entification (Kron, 1983). Individuals may choose to live in a old house because of the congruence between the neighborhood and their image of self or perhaps because of congruence between the interior she ll of the house and their image of self. Place identity The difference between s ocial identity and iden tification with place resides in the emphasis placed on place and social groups (Twigger-Ross et al., 2003). Place identity is defined as how people incoporate a place into th e larger concept of their own id entities of senses and self

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42 which usually provides a sense of continuity and so reinforces self identity (Kopek, 2006). An individuals identity is partially derived from place since places embody social symbols (Twigger-Ross et al., 2003, p. 210). Places are a repository for accumulated memories, values and preferences for generations of users (Proshansky, Fabian, & Kaminoff, 1983). Since place identity evolves from the past experiences with places, the individual is able to adapt these prior experiences to behavior and expectations in the present. It should be noted that place identity, like sense of self and social identity, is fluid and complex and is modified and changed with each experience. Place can refer to any environment a person en counters in their lives whether natural or man made. As stated earlier, place is the back drop against which peoples lives are enacted. Individuals are usually unaware of the attitudes and preferences which influence their response to the physical world (Proshansky et al., 1983). Individuals may be unconscious of why they choose to live in a older building. Some theories posit that place identity refers to home as the center point of existence and i nvolves the degree to which important activities revolve around the home (Proshansky et al., 1983). Then old houses may, conscious or unconsciously, become a way to convey information about the individual to themselves and to others through territorial marking and personalization (Steele, 1981). Territorial marking The m ain aspect of a personal place is that it is viewed as the domain of an individual who is in control of the space; it is also a place where the i ndividual feels confident and has altered the place to reflect his or her identity (Gifford, 2002; Steele, 1981). The places where individuals most identify have clearly defined boundaries; one of architectures goals is to establish a territory for an indivi dual or group which they can use to set them apart from others (Moore et al., 1974). Territoriality also serves to control privacy by limiting access to the

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43 individual. It implies that the ordering of rooms in a house responds to individual needs for separation of public and private sp aces (Moore et al., 1974). It is through the appropriation of space that children learn about their identity and social relationships (Saegert, 1985). The appropriation of space is part of both personalization and territoriality since both require the individual to exercise control over the space (Giuliani, 2003). Personalization Possessions are another way of m arking appropriation of spaces ; they also increase an individuals sense of being in control and security of their environment (Belk, 1992; Gifford, 2002). Possessions are generally ob jects whether small or large, from a paperweight to a house, that an individual feels contro l over. Perhaps for some bei ng in possession of an old house provides a sense of control over their environment whether through rehabilita tion or renovation. Throughout history humans have modified thei r homes to ease burdens. Humans are the only species which repeatedly transformed thei r surroundings to increase their understanding and accomplishments (Hiss, 1990). Personalization is a way of marking a space with the individuals identity (Gifford, 2002). Persona lization through home improvemen t is a way of psychologically creating spaces to meet the individuals needs. As stated earlier, personalization of the home is a way of expressing an individuals identity. Home can also become part of an individuals identity with the merging of person and place so that either person reflects place or place reflects person. Individuals both give and receive their identities from their homes (Dovey, 1985). An individual unites the material posessions of their life together with their dreams to make a house their own (Moore et al., 1974). The interior of a house is a material manifestation of an individuals personal identities as well as a mirror of the i ndividual (Sparke, 2004). While people choose surroundings that are congruent with their identity, they also modify their settings increase congruency with their self image (Manzo, 2003). Individuals may rehabilitate or

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44 renovate older residiential interiors because of th eir desire for a match between where they live and self image Place attachment Attachm ent to place consists of social relati ons so that the meanings and experiences in a place are usually connected to relationships (Low & Altman, 1992). Place attachment is defined as a persons bond with the social and physical environments of a place they have deep meaning because their identities are woven intr icately into those places (Kopek, 2006). Place attachment involves the relation of affect, emotions, and feelings in reference to a place (Low & Altman, 1992). The intensity of place attachme nt is affected by the congruity between needs and the physical and social reso urces (Giuliani, 2003, p. 149). Individuals identify themselves with their houses and use this symbolic identity to differentiate themselves from others (Steele, 1981). This attachment is understandable since home is the key expression of identity and a source of security for individuals (Belk, 1992). The desire for hominess seems to result in feelings of attachment to home (Belk, 1992, p. 39), however, increased mobility is undermining place at tachment in modern society because places are viewed as functional and lack emotional significance (Giuliani, 2003) People may not be aware that they are attached to a place until that bond is threatened (Giuliani, 2003). Perhaps the desire to live in an old residence may be an attempt to reestablish that bond. Familiarity, security, emotional comfort A house is an object while a hom e means different things to different people. Home is defined as a preferred space and a fixed point of reference, a social network and a reflection of individuals ideas and values (Kron, 1983). Home can be viewed as either a recreation or a reaction against the childhood home (Busch, 1999; Cooper Marcus, 1997). Home can be so defined as "ties to the land and nature, and memo ries of extended famil y, prove stronger than the

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45 mere number of days spent in a particular dwelling (Cooper Marcus, 1997, p. 2). Lastly, home can be a private refuge that provides comfort, meaning, privacy and be auty (Gallagher, 2006). Home encompasses many different meanings and roles in a persons life but home is metaphor for an individuals relationship to place, familia rity, security, and comfort (Manzo, 2003). Destruction of interiors Houses are c ommodities but they are also wher e personal and social identities are formed and shaped (Saegert, 1985). People impact thei r environment through how they care for and design their settings; this impact can be positive or negative (Steele, 1981). Home is a sociocultural artifact of the customs and beliefs of their inhabitants. However, it is in the interior of houses that the cyclical events of domestic lif e are conducted (Lawrence, 1985; Saegert, 1985). Over the years, as construction and design of houses has shifted from i ndividuals to corporate organizations some of the forms of housing were lost (Saegert, 1985). House environments have acquired values and meaning through the ages. The preservation of domes tic spaces should take into account the time and period the house was bu ilt however the house should be frozen in that era but should be a livable space for current residents (Lawrence, 1985). Individuals evaluate classic examples of buildings the quickes t and prefer small discrepancies from a known style; peoples expect ations affect how they view objects since individuals learn through prior experiences (Ritterfeld, 2002). It is through prior experiences that an individual can understand the environment and be able to use, change or maintain the environment to increase congruence and lessen di screpancies of identity (Proshansky et al., 1983). Discrepancies from the known structures influence judgment (Purcell & Nasar, 1992). Recognition of the relationship of a place to the observer is depe ndent on previous experience with other places (Hershberger, 1970). This relationship informs the individual of what

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46 appropriate behaviors are and what their expectations are for the place, as well as what is right and wrong with the physical setting (Proshansky et al., 1983). Nostalgia The relationship between building f orm, its use, meaning and time is a transactional process between physical and aff ective factors. The loss and de struction of places leads to nostalgic feelings (Kopek, 2006). Nostalgia refers to a general longing for the past rather than a specific place (Matt, 2005). Buildings maybe recons tructed in an attempt to capture the past the feel of the spaces can never be recreated since the way rooms looked made sense because they were a setting for a particular type of behavior which was conditioned by the way people thought (Rybczynksi, 1986, p. 219). The concept of nostalgia entered the English language during the 1750s and was considered a physical disease not a psychol ogical condition (Matt, 2005, p. 96). During the period of westward expa nsion in America, wr iters criticized the tendency for people to move and began creating a romantic image of "cozy homes with white picket fences, green yards, and colorful gardens" and this image also became the ideal for morality (Matt, 2005, p. 91). This image remains part of the American Dream part of the cultural mythos for what indivi duals should strive. As modern nations and economies developed and the more transient people became, like the colonists, the settlers, and those that left rural areas moved to cities, homesickness became more apparent. The speed and scale of change s that occur make it difficult when a persons identity is rooted to a place; a sense of continu ity is required to assimilate changes and sense of identity to new images (Dovey, 1985). Individuals want homes that appear to be permanent even if they are living in new homes to try to create a sense of rootedness in a mobile society (Matt, 2005).

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47 Narrative Narrative is defined as the attachm ent to a place through a romantic or idealistic stories (Kopek, 2006). If dissatisfied with the present, people attach their ideals to the intangible memories of the past; some use possessions to st rengthen the attachment (Belk, 1992). People want homes that reflect their lif estyle and values and hope archite cture will help them create them (Matt, 2005 p. 108; Dovey, 1985). Part of narrative is connected to the concept of rootedness which is an unconscious state of deep familiarity with a place, which implies long continuous residence. It is ar gued when this is not possible th en sense of place which is a conscious force of creation or conservation of places through words, actions, and the construction of artifacts is all that is left for modern society (Giuliani, 2003, p. 146). Due to the quality of architecture, buildings are built fo r permanence and represent societys heritage (Lawrence, 1985). Most buildi ngs imitate some past or distan t style of architecture in an attempt by the designers or client s to associate themselves with the values which they felt that period or architectural styl e represented (Hershberger, 1970). An individuals desire to return to the past is not possible because both the individu al and setting have both changed (Proshansky et al., 1983). The mythology of the single family home away from the corruption and unhealthy atmosphere of the city has been part of th e culture since the founding of America (Saegert, 1985). "The Old-House Journal" sells house plans from all periods in Am erican architectural history and while these floor plans do not acknowledge changes in society or economics affecting modern lives they are still desirable (Busch, 1999). The intangib le qualities of home are often identified once lost. Matt in her article describes Wallace Nutting, who in the early twentieth century tapped into peop les beliefs about home as a re presentation of self popularizing the "countrified suburban home with the picket fence as the American dream house". Nutting

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48 manufactured products, furniture to pictures, so the average American c ould purchase objects to not only create a genteel colonial feel to their homes but also purchase a piece of the American dream. People may not necessarily want a genuin e old home but want its appealing details and features such as woodwork and fireplaces (Galla gher, 2006). Part of homelessness comes from viewing the house as a commodity; a house can be purchased but the experience of home cannot (Dovey, 1985). Summary Perhaps some individuals are m ore apt to rehabilitate, restore or reconstruct older residences because of congruency between their sense of self and social identity and place identity and place attachment. While research has not been conducted into the link between historic preservation and these concepts, they do present an insight into why people may choose to rehabilitate, restore or rec onstruct period residences. Sense of self seems to indicate that people whose preference type is place-people are more likely form attachments with their environs and perhaps this is a factor in why some people preserve or recons truct their residences. Social identity seems to indicate individuals choose houses and ne ighborhoods based on the congruence between the location and their sense of self; this maybe a reason why some people choose to live in older neighbor hoods and houses. It seems that through place identity people incorporate places as part of thei r identity that is congruent with their sense of self. It would seem that people who choose to live in a old hou se do so because what they believe the house is symbolizes or represents. Place attachment seem s to indicate that individuals attachment to place is affected by their emotional connection to the location. Perhaps individual who live in older houses are nostalgic.

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49 CHAPTER 3 METHODOLOGY The need for this study arose from hypotheses suggested from the lite rature review, which might yield answers as to why peopl e rehabilitate, restore or reconstruct the interior of their old houses. Answering this question required th e use of qualitative research methods. The qualitative research approach describes the variation in a phenomenon, situation, issue, etc (Kumar, 2005), or the potential explanations for w hy individuals preserve re sidential interiors. Stemming from the literature review, as descri bed in chapter 2, psychosocial reasons, such as sense of self, place attachment, and nostalgia were isolated as potential explanations of why individuals may rehabilitate, rest ore or reconstruct residential in teriors. Case study strategy was chosen as the best way to explore these issu es. More adequately than others, the case study research strategy allows for uncovering the real -life contextual conditi ons surrounding the issue under investigation and to examine the evidence in light of predicted response patterns to the research question (Yin, 2003). The case study research followed Yins met hodology (2003) to descri be and potentially explain individual choices in re habilitating, restori ng or recreating resi dential interiors. Cases were controlled for single family old houses a nd owners were chosen for convenience. Two of the houses were located in Gainesville, FL a nd three were located around Atlanta, GA. The houses ranged in age from 1830 to 1940 and were not of comparable size. Two of the houses had undergone restorations, another two had under gone interpretive reco nstruction and one had gone through rehabilitation. Interviews were conducted to obtain information for th e case studies. Information collected through these interviews aimed to uncover possible reasons for the rehabilitation, restoration or reconstruction of th eir residential interior s. Interviews were to be conducted in the

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50 homeowners residence at their convenience a nd photographs were ta ken with homeowner consent (see Appendix H). The interview was audio taped and documenta ry photographs were taken of the interiors of the house. Audio tapes once transcribed we re erased. References to the homeowners identity were removed from photogr aphs as needed. A copy of the interview transcript and photographs were sent to the homeowner for corroboration ensuring faithfulness prior to its publication in the thesis. Semi-structured interviews following appr oved protocols inquire d about homeowner reasons for rehabilitating, restoring or recons tructing their houses. The questions examined homeowners sense of self, sense of place, and nostalgia in the loss of historic residential interiors. The interview ques tions covered reasons for purchasing a historic house as well as reasons for rehabilitating, restoring or recons tructing it (see Appendix I). Additional questions dealt with residents definition of their own identity and how it is expressed in their residential environment. Also, homeowners emotional att achment to, and identification with, their house were examined through interview questions a nd use of environmental autobiographies. Environmental autobiography is a method of bri nging out a persons conscious and unconscious affective ties to their environments (Allen, 200 8, p. 39) by eliciting verbal, written, and graphic responses to emotive questions. Exercise s drawn from Cooper Marcus environmental autobiography methods (1997) were used to partially answer thes e questions. Participants were asked to write about and do simple drawings ab out feelings they have for their house. The transcripts were evaluated usi ng cross-case analysis which f orces investigators to look beyond initial impressions and see evidence th rough multiple lenses(Eisenhardt, 1989). Four criteria emerging from the literature review were used to interpret the data. In order to understand why people preserve, the initial hypot hesis is that owners will rehabilitate, restore

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51 or reconstruct the interior of an old residence to a chosen period if the house reflects their sense of self, they deem the house as worthy, they feel a sense of place attachment with the house, are nostalgic for the past, or a combina tion of these factors. Sense of self The first factor exam ined an individuals sense of self and whether people would rehabilitate, restore or reconstr uct the interior of their house if there was congruence between the house and their sense of self. The premise in this case is that the rehab ilitation, restoration or reconstruction of either the exte rior or the interior of an old residence implies that the architectural and design features in some way reflect the homeo wners sense of self. Four conditions as listed in Figure 3-1 could exist for why this could occur: 1) owner rehabilitated, restored or reconstructed the arch itecture and the interi or of their house because they both reflect their sense of self; 2) owner rehabilitated, rest ored or reconstructed the architecture and the interior of their house but they do not feel that the residence reflects their sense of self; 3) owner rehabilitated, restored or reconstructed th e architecture of the house but does not rehabilitate, restore or reconstr uct the interior of th e house because they feel it does not match their sense of self; or lastly, 4) owner does not rehabilitate, restore or reconstruct either the architecture or the interior of the residence because neither match their sense of self. This matrix, illustrated in Figure 3-1, looks at sense of self as playing a role in homeowners decision to rehabilitate, restore or reconstruct their house, but not at the extent to wh ich sense of self is a decisive factor. Worthiness The second factor exam ined was whether the structure was considered worthy of rehabilitation, restoration or reconstruction, the criteria for assigning worthiness to a building was either it was designed by a famous architect or exhibited exceptional craftsmanship. There

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52 Figure 3-1. Role of sense of self in decision making for homeowners. were four possible conditions as li sted in Figure 3-2 that could ex ist which were: 1) either the house was considered worthy of rehabilitation, rest oration or recreation a nd both the architecture and interior are rehabilitated, re stored or reconstructed; 2) th e house was considered worthy of rehabilitation, restoration or recreation but the only the architecture of the house was rehabilitated, restored or rec onstructed not the interior; 3) th e house was not considered worthy of rehabilitation, restoration or recreation but the architecture a nd residential interiors are still rehabilitated, restored or rec onstructed; or finally, 4) the house was not considered worthy of rehabilitation, restoration or recreation and the homeowners rehabilitated, restored or reconstructed neither the architecture nor the interior. These conditions may shed light on whether people rehabilitate, rest ore or reconstruct structures based on their view of a structure as valuable. The pr emise behind this is that if a house deemed worthy by virtue of its style, dcor, or other architect ural characteristics, homeowners are more likely to rehabilit ate, restore or re construct it.

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53 Figure 3-2. Role of worthiness in decision making for homeowners Place attachment The third possible reason why people m ight rehab ilitate, restore or reconstruct their house, examined if homeowners felt a sense of place at tachment to their home were more likely to rehabilitate, restore or reconstruc t the interior of their house. As shown in Figure 3-3, four conditions could exist to answer this question either: 1) th e owner feels a sense of place attachment and chose to rehabilita te, restore or reconstruct interi or of their house; 2) the owner has a sense of place attachment to the architect ure or other external factors, like neighborhood, but feels no sense of attachment to the interior of the building and chose to rehabilitate, restore, or reconstruct the interior of their house ; 3) the owner feels no sense of place attachment but decides to rehabilitate, restore or reconstruct the architec ture and interior of the residence; or 4) the owner feels no sense of attachment and decides to rehabilitate, restore or reconstruct neither the architecture nor interi or of the residence. These condi tions examine to what extent place attachment plays a role in peoples decision to rehabilitate, restore or reconstruct their

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54 residences. The premise is that if people feel a sense of place attachment to their residence then they will rehabilitate, restore or reconstruct their residence the interiors. Figure 3-3. Role of Sense of Place Attach ment in decision making for homeowners Nostalgia The final condition exam ined refers to the nos talgic feelings that may underlie peoples desire to rehabilitate, restore or reconstruct their house. The premise for this is if homeowners feel a sense of nostalgia they are more likely to rehabilitate, restor e or reconstruct the interior of their house. As shown in Figure 3-4, four conditions could exist to explain this were: 1) either the owner rehabilitates, restores or reconstruc t s the interior of the house because they are nostalgic for the past; or 2) the ow ner rehabilitates, restores or rec onstruct s the inte rior of their house but is not nostalgic for the past; 3) the owne r does not rehabilitate, re store or reconstruct the interior of their house but is nostalgic for the past; or lastly 4) the homeowner is not nostalgic for the past and hence does not rehabilitate, restor e or reconstruct the in terior in their house. The premise of these questions is to determine what if any role nostalgia pl ays in peoples desire to rehabilitate, restore or recons truct the interior their house.

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56 CHAPTER 4 CASE STUDY Interviews for the case studies were c onducted between Novem ber 2008 and January 2009. Two interviews were conducted in Gainesville, FL and three interviews were conducted in and around Atlanta, GA. Criteria emerging from the liter ature review were used to formulate a series of interview questions examining each interview subjects reasons for purchasing an older house and for rehabilitating, restoring or recreating the in terior of their house to a chosen period. The interviews examined whether owners rehabilitate restore or reconstruct the interior of their house if the residence reflects their sense of self, or view of the worthiness of the house, or they felt a sense of place with the hous e, or if they are nostalgic for the past, or if perhaps a combination of these factors influence individuals to rehabilitate, restore, or reconstruct their old house. Additional questions focused on the reside nts definition of their identity and how it was expressed in their reside ntial environment. Cases were then analyzed using cross-case analysis examining the four criteria to see if there was a consensus of opinion between the interview subjects. Case Study Background The first tw o case studies took place in Ga inesville, FL. The town was founded on September 6, 1853 when Alachua County residents voted to create a new town on the Florida Railroad line. Within seven years, the towns population had reached 269. The town grew quickly to meet the needs of the arriving passenger trains with a general store and three hotels to serve visitors. Two skirmishes occurred in 1864 since Gainesville was the site of a Confederate Army storehouse during the Civil War. It was during Reconstruction that Colonel Dutton helped make Gainesville become one of the largest shipping stations in the state. Gainesville benefitted from the land boom that occurred throughout the state from WW I to the Depression with new

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57 neighborhoods being developed. In 1925, M.M. Parrish began development of several neighborhoods including Highla nd Heights (the "Duck Pond Ne ighborhood") (Alachua County Library, 2009). Both of the in terviews conducted in Gainesvill e, FL were in the Duck Pond neighborhood which is located in Northeast Gainesville. The third interview took place in Lithonia, GA which is part of the Greater Atlanta area. Lithonia, located 20 miles east of Atlanta, was on e of the first three cities founded in DeKalb County (DeKalb History Center, 2009). According to the DeKa lb History Center (2009), the early settlers were of English, Scotch and Irish descent and were poor, hardworking small farmers coming from Virginia and the Carolinas. This area was never part of the plantation system as other parts of the state were (DeKalb History Center 2009). The fourth interview took place in Atlanta, GA. The city originally began as the terminal point for the Western and Atlantic Railroads in 1837 (NPS Atlanta, 2009). Eight years later, the city was renamed Atlanta. During the Civil Wa r, Union General William Sherman burned about 70% of the city (NPS Atlanta, 2009). The city ra pidly rebuilt and grew after the Civil War. During this time Grant Park, one of Atlant as oldest neighborhoods, was founded. Colonel Lemuel P. Grant owned vast land holdings in th e city and in 1883 he donated 100 acres toward what was the citys firs t large scale park (NPS A tlanta, 2009). The Olmstead Brothers helped plan the parks landscape. The neig hborhood that developed from the late 19th to early 20th century includes commercial clusters, schools an d churches, as well as Victorian mansions overlooking the park, modified Queen Anne houses one story Victorian cottages and Craftsman bungalows (NPS Atlanta, 2009). The fifth interview was conducted in Carnes ville, GA which is located approximately 85 miles northeast of Atlanta, GA. Carnesville is the seat of Franklin County which was created in

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58 1784 (Franklin County, 2009). Carn esville was named after Judge Thomas Peter Carnes, a Revolutionary War lawyer and Congressman (Fra nklin County, 2009). There is not much else known about this rural city. The houses were divided into two categories to describe them. They were considered either historicthe house is a ce rtified historic structure either listed individually on the National Register or has a preser vation easement, or historicthe hous e is old but of no real historic significance Per Table 5-1, the su bjects houses were listed by criteria. Subject 1s house was previously listed individually on th e National Register but appears to have been removed as it is not listed in the National Register database; however, the house is still part of the Northeast Gainesville Residential District. Subject 2s house is also part of the Northeast Gainesville Residential District. Subject 1 a nd 2s houses will be referred to as historic. Subject 3s house has a preservation easement on the house and immedi ate yard. While there is no listing of the house on the National Register, in order for the ho use to have qualified for any tax benefits it would have had to receive a certificate of significance from the Department of the Interior. Therefore Subject 3s house will be referred to as historic. Subject 4s house is located in the Grant Park Historic Dist rict, which is listed on th e National Register. However the house is not listed individually, thus by the criteria laid out Subj ect 4s house will be referred to as historic. Lastly, Subject 5s house is individually listed on the National Register hence it will be referred to as historic. Subjects were also divided into categories depending on which pr eservation method they used on the interior of the house, which can seen in table 5-2. Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Prope rties definitions were the basis for this classification. Subject 1 undertook a rehabilitation of her house as she altered the his toric building to meet continuing

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59 uses while retaining the buildings exterior historic character. Subjects 3 and 5 undertook restorations of their historic houses as they re moved materials from other periods bringing their interiors back to their respective period of significance. Subjects 2 and 4 both did period reconstructions of the interiors of their h istoric houses. Through c onjecture both have reintroduced missing elements, with varying degr ees of accuracy, for the perceived period of significance which they are attempting to recreate. Table 5-1 Case Study House Status Historic or Historic House listed House in district House has individually on on the National preservation National Register Register easement Subject 1 No Yes No Subject 2 No Yes No Subject 3 No No Yes Subject 4 No Yes No Subject 5 Yes Yes Yes Table 5-2. Case Study Subjects Treatment of House Rehabilitation Restoration Recreation Subject 1 Yes Subject 2 Yes Subject 3 Yes Subject 4 Yes Subject 5 Yes Case Study 1 Gainesville, FL Subject 1 lives in a 105 year old historic house. Subject 1 is a woman in her late 30s who lives in the house with her husband, their 3 children: an in fant son and toddler daughters, and Subject 1s mother. She is a realtor but sh e and her husband also ow n a business located in Gainesville, FL. According to Subject 1, the hou se was originally built as a barn in 1892 and was in the 1920s modified into a Mediterrane an Colonial house. The author conducted additional research and discovere d the building was originally a barn which was cut into two sections and moved from its original location (Burton & Gowan, 2002). The split barn became

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60 the basis for two different houses; one is a shin gle style and the other, the case study house, was stuccoed and converted to Medi terranean Colonial style. The house was in extreme disrepair in 2007 wh en Subject 1 purchased the house with her husband. The house had extreme termite damage, wood rot and structural issues. However, since the house used to be a barn the beams are a pproximately 3 ft x 3 ft in section and were able to withstand damage. The house has undergone exte nsive rehabilitation: it was stripped to the wall studs and frames and was rebuilt. The house was lifted so new footers and perimeter beams could be installed; also all of the systems (electric, plumbing, and HVAC) were replaced as well. However, the owners have kept th e original floors and windows. While the level of intervention on the house appears severe, the owners actually removed years of inappropriate divisions made to it. Subject 1 said she had an image of an open Mediterranean vill a as the best way to maximize the space, light and openness of the house, illustrated in Figure 5-1. Subject 1 did no research on any specific period or style and purposefully chos e not to use reproductions of finishes. For her, those things make the home more about the individual s ego and take away from it being a home; since she has small childre n she was concerned that the house not feel formal or museum-like. Subject 1 views the idea of sense as place as re lating to concept of home as sanctuary. For her, her house is a barr ier acting as both protection and a wa y of controlling who she comes into contract with. Subject 1 believes that when peopl e see her house they see it as a reflection of her success. First and foremost though, she views her house in terms of her family. When asked about her feelings towards her house, Subject 1 fe lt that her house repres ents how connected her family is. She said, We are a big family and this is a big house. We have a lot that we want to

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61 accomplish and this house has a lot of the space to accommodate all of us and our imaginations and journeys and dreams and hopes. The house had an untapped beauty which is wh at made Subject 1 want to preserve the house. She also thought the house had enough architectural style that it was worth preserving. The house gave her an opportunity to express her and her familys creativity. The design of the house has been a group effort as each persons be droom is a reflection of their style. Figure 5-1. Case Study House Interiors. Photog raphs of Subject 1s house. A) Subject 1s kitchen B) view of Subject 1s living room C) view from front door into house. Photographs provided by homeowner. Subject 1 wanted to live in an old house. She and her husband looked at houses in this specific neighborhood because they liked the location and the fact the houses were in general larger than in some of the other older neighbor hoods in Gainesville. When she was asked how she would describe nostalgia, she said it is t he emotional recall you experience from past

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62 memories that bring back a certain feeling. While she views herself as nostalgic she does not attach nostalgic feelings to her house. Rehabili tating the house for her wa s not out of nostalgia or attempting to recreate the past but about taking a sad, sagging house that had very little appeal and bringing it back to life. Subject 1 said she never considered purchasing a new house because for her they are lacking ch aracter and feeling. She states th at she likes the flaws in older homes because it gives them character which reminds her of humanity since nothing is perfect in them. For Subject 1 restoring the house was a pe rsonal mission since there are already plenty of things in the world already so you restore and bring vitality back to something that had lost it. By rehabilitating an existing build ing, Subject 1 felt that house ha s become a symbol of hope. Case Study 2 Gainesville, FL Subject 2 lives by him self in a 68 year old hous e. He is in his early 60s and owns a business located in Gainesville, FL. Accordi ng to Subject 2, the house was originally built in 1940. The house was originally platted as part of the Highland Terrace neighborhood in 1925. Little is known about the history of the house ex cept that the original fa mily lived in the house from 1940 -1979 and owned a small department stor e downtown in Gainesville. Another family lived in the house from 1979-1991; then S ubject 2 purchased the house in 1991. Describing the historic interi or spaces of his house, Subj ect 2 says they are Colonial Williamsburg and the exterior is Southern Georgia style. It should be noted that, rather, the house architecture corresponds with the Colonial Revival style. When asked what made him purchase the house, Subject 2 said that he wa s driving around and saw th e for sale sign and thought that the house was beautiful. No major a lterations had been made to the house since its construction in 1940. However, the original pa int and wallpaper were chipping and falling off the walls and the hardwood floors needed to be stri pped. He spent years restoring every square inch of the house. The house is a historic r econstruction. Subject 2 has added Colonial style

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63 elements that he felt were missing from the house, such as crown molding, chair rails and wainscoting, seen in Figure 5-2, that were not originally in the house. The interiors of the house are recreations of Colonial Williamsburg style. Subject 2 did research reading books on the style Figure 5-2. Case Study House Interiors. Photographs of Subject 2s house. A) View of Living Room. B) View of Dining Ro om. C) View of Kitchen to ensure that new features such as the wainscot ing and built in cabinetry were designed to be true to the Colonial period. He also used re production paints and wallp apers. When recreating the interiors of his house, he wanted it to be beautiful and attempt to bring out the original designers intent however the finishes chosen are true to the Colonial Williamsburg style but not Colonial Revival style.

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64 Subject 2 believes that sense of place is mean s being comfortable at home. When asked to define nostalgia, he thought it referred to remembering past times. While he never lived in an older house, his grandfathers were craftsmen and his mother loved Colonial Williamsburg style. Perhaps because of this he feels nostalgic towards his house. Case Study 3 Lithonia, GA Subject 3 is in his early 40s He owns a 100 year old house and property located in Lithonia, G A. He purchased the house as an investment and runs a plant nursery from there. An employee rents the house. However, Subject 3 answ ered the questions regarding sense of place, place attachment and nostalgia thinking about the historic house he lives in Atlanta, GA. The Lithonia house was constructed sometime in the 1890s with various older outbuildings located on the property: a log cabin and corn crib built between 1830s and 1850s, and a barn that is about 100 years old. According to Subject 3, the house was origin ally owned by a family called the Housworths who received the la nd in a grant in the 1790s. Af ter the Civil War, the family lost the land but was able to pur chase it back into the family in the 1880s (Georgia Trust, 2009). The Housworth family lived in the house until they sold it to Subject 3. The house is a four square Carpenter Gothic or Folk Victorian style house. Originally the front porch had more Queen Anne wood features which have since been removed. The exterior has Queen Anne features but the interior of the house is southern vernacular. When Subject 3 purchased the house he said it looked like a rental house floors were carpeted, acoustic tiles had been installed and there was faux wood pane ling on the walls. Since purchasing the house, Subject 3 stripped the interiors back to their historic state. Subject 3 describes the interiors of the house as very simple and very stark with ever ything being handmade and no frills. This is illustrated in Figures 5-3.

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65 The term sense of place is very important Subjec t 3, since it relates to his work as a garden designer. To him, sense of place is about honoring the site by letting the land and materials speak for themselves. Raised on a farm in ru ral Tennessee, the first time Subject 3 saw the property in Lithonia he immedi ately felt that the place re minded him of growing up. Professionally Subject 3 is requ ired to visit other peoples ho uses but he generally feels uncomfortable when in most peoples houses. The houses he feels the most comfortable in are quirky and odd and reflect the individuals who live there; they feel lived in. Subject 3 appreciates good design whether new or old. He has lived in an historic house in Atlanta for 15 years and currently owns another historic prop erty. Subject 3 admits that older buildings are burdens to maintain and he would at some time in the future love to live in a glass, steel and cement box in the middle of the woods. Figure 5-3. Case Study House Interiors. Photographs of Subject 3s house. Subject 3 has complicated feelings towards nosta lgia; he feels that nostalgia is something to be carefully avoided. To him nostalgia is a revisionist versi on of the historical truths that may or may not be accurate. He sees it as a f ear-based reaction to the rapid changes in society adding that the comfort it brings is at the expens e of preparing for the future. While he does not view himself as nostalgic he admits he has b een nostalgic in the past. Nostalgia is not A

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66 interesting to me anymore. Too many people su ffered to live that way. The only guy that won was the man, the white man. Everybody else suffere d so he could live comfortably. Nostalgia is not that fun and people need to l ook back at and be honest. Subject 3 states he has grown to be less nostalgic about his house and respect and honor it for what it is, and likes it aesthetically. Case Study 4 Atlanta, GA Subject 4 lives in a 106 year old house located in the Grant Park historic district in Atlanta, GA (NPS Atlanta, 2009). Subject 4 is an attorney in her m id 40s and lives in the house with her husband and her father. The interview was not conducted at Subject 4 s house so photographs were not taken. According to Subject 4, the house was built in 1903 in Grant Park which was part of the first suburban ne ighborhood in Atlanta. She describes her house as a Victorian Foursquare Bungalow, the house has an 8 ft wide central hall with 14 ft high ceilings and the rooms located off of the central hall. The house has Victorian features such as wood moldings and tall ceilings, wooden floors, double sliding doors for the salon, and four fireplaces. The interiors of Subject 4s house are historic r ecreations. When she saw the house, she was surprised to find that the house had not b een subdivided into smaller rooms. The house survived years of insensitive rehabilitations: th e front porch had been removed, the original wood roof shingles had been covered over the years with four different roof layers, and the walls were covered with sheet rock, but all of the original woodwork was in place. The house had to have all of its systems replaced. The support for the h ouse and retaining walls for the basement also had to be redone. Subject 4 views sense of place in terms of conne ctions, for her it is about being part of something that is larger than you, however which is also a part of you. She has always been attracted to and more interested in things that were from the past. Subject 4 grew up in a Spanish Colonial town in South America where hous es surrounded the town center. The lack of

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67 modern conveniences, creaking sounds and imperf ections in older houses are not seen by Subject 4 a drawback but as benefit, since they are part of the character of the hou se. Subject 4 respects tradition and sense of history; she feels that when other people vis it her house they can tell that she has a great appreciation for tr aditional beauty and architecture. While she sometimes enjoys visiting other peoples houses; Subject 4 is more comfortable at her own house. In her opinion, taking care and improving her house is a way of caring for her family. When asked what made her purchase her home Subject 4 said it was her love of older architecture and how it is perfect yet imperfect. The thought of living in modern house has been fleeting when there is a list of repairs to make to the house, however, she would never choose to live in a newly constructed house. Historic build ings give her a sense of permanence if each generation they will be there for the next to appreci ate. She likens historic preservation to links in a chain Your job is to make sure that you do not break your li nk. You build your link strongly, like the people before you did, then it will be up to the next person to put the next link on. Nostalgia for Subject 4 is about linkage of the past to the future, nos talgia is a connector to the past and to your future. She views he rself as nostalgic. To her nostalgia is about honoring the labor and dedicati on of what was built in the past. There was a tremendous amount of love and dedication [that went into ma king it] and it is good to honor it. Subject 4 believes that historic houses and antiques belo ng to the community of people who see beauty in the objects, not necessarily to any specific family if they do not appreciate their beauty. Continuity matters in the honoring the past. Case Study 5 Carnesville, GA Subject 5 lives in a 180 year ol d house in Carnesville, GA. Sh e is an econom ist in her mid 50s. This house is Subject 5s weekend house but this is what she defines as her home,

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68 weekdays she works and lives in Atlanta. Subject 5 lives in a Federal/Greek revival transition house that was built sometime between 1820 a nd 1830. The house originally was built by Marcus Strange who came to Georgia from South Carolina after the Revolutionary War with his son. Eventually, he and his son put together about 2,000 acres and a saw mill and built this house. The family stayed until 1864 when they sold it to the Duncan family at the end of the Civil War and went back to South Carolina. Subject 5 describes her historic house as Fe deral/Greek revival tran sitional since it shows features of both styles. Subject 5s restora tion of her house removed elements that had been added in the 1960s. The trim had been removed from the interior and a few windows had been rearranged in the back of the hous e but otherwise the ceilings we re still the same height, the walls were still plaster. She always wanted to restore an old house, Ive always liked to fix things that were messed up and broken and see the potential in them. When asked what sense of place meant, Subject 5 said it was about belonging to a community. She feels a strong sense of place wi th her house and the community. The area she lives in is surrounded by bicentennial farms, farms that have been in the same family for two hundred years, and she believes that most of the people in the area also feel a strong sense of place. When asked where she feels the most comf ortable in her house is in her kitchen which is where she spends most of her time. While sh e would consider moving into a new house, she would like to live in a new hous e built of salvaged goods. To her, the age of the building is not as impor tant as the quality of the design, construction and materials. Subject 5 likes the Federal/Greek Revival style because of the attention to symmetry and sense of light incorporated in the design. The design of her house brings a sense

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69 of harmony to her. The house is s ited so that there is always s unlight somewhere in the house. She appreciates things that are handcrafted with quality material s, usually wood or stone. When asked what nostalgia meant to her, Subjec t 5 said nostalgia is a longing for the past that might not reflect a reality. To her nostalg ia is more than trying to recreate a period, she found it interesting that when people did not have things available to them they took what they had and were incredibly creative. While she doe s not view herself as nostalgic she appreciates the spirit of the period. Subject 5 says she would feel uncomfortable if everything in her house was a recreation. She likes things for their ar tistry and creativity a nd the mix of styles. Figure 5-4. Case Study House Interiors. Photographs of Subject 5s house. Environmental Autobiographies Environm ental Autobiography examines peoples feelings toward their surroundings. Subject 2 asked to be excused fr om participating in this section. The drawings created by the

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70 other four subjects were examined to see what th e participants viewed as important. The core symbol for Subject 1 of what her house means to her was a heart (see Fi gure 5-5). Her drawing included children playing and wrote the words f amily, love, playing and happy. She also drew smiling faces around the picture as fo r her house is vibrant and full of warmth and comfort. One of the important things to her was the happy memories that her children will grow up with living in this house; as she said this she drew a jungle gym. She drew wings on the heart, because the whole point of a home is so that your kids can get confidence and fly away. Then across the heart with wings she wrote m emories for children. Subject 1s drawing reflects her love of her family and the importance of creating a space for he r children to develop happy memories of childhood. Figure 5-5. Environmental Auto biography drawing Subject 1 The core symbol for Subject 3 was a box with in a box (see Figure 5-6). He was thinking of his house in Atlanta which he feels a very personal connection to, for him, he feels kindred with the house as though it is a second skin. However, the house is located in an unsafe

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71 neighborhood and now that he ha s young children he worries a bout them since the neighborhood keeps him feeling threatened. However, Subject 3 drew a heart in the midd le of the box because when I am home I feel like I am the nucleus of something. He then wrote the following words under his image: comfort, personal, home, kindr ed, second skin, private and warm. Subject 3s drawing reflects his feelings of he is as he said the nucleus of his hous e and it is a second skin or protective shell around him. Figure 5-6. Environmental Auto biography drawing, Subject 3 The core image that came to Subject 4s mind when thinking about her house was a heart. She then drew ornate frames around the heart (see Figure 5-7). Everything is symmetrical in her drawing as she drew a shape around the edge th at could be the profile of a house and four triangles at each of the corners. For Subject 4, her house to her is vibrant, happy and central. At the bottom of the drawing she wr ote home is happiness. Subject 4s drawing speaks of her love for her house as expressed by her writing home is happiness The symmetry of the drawing could reflect the symmetric al floor plan or th e stability she feels her house represents.

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72 The ornate frame she drew around the house may be symbolic of the Victorian details in her house. Figure 5-7. Environmental Auto biography drawing Subject 4 Lastly, the central image that Subject 5 drew when thinking about her house was a small hand. When masons were working on the chimne y they found a brick with a small childs hand print. The brick had come from a plantation ap proximately 10 miles away and so it might have been the hand print of a slave child. Finding this brick had a great impact on Subject 5, It started me thinking about houses in the south an d who built the houses. It totally rotates your way of thinking. There is a whole legacy but you only think of the owners. She also drew images of her house including her stove. Subject 5 sa id she spent most of her time in the kitchen but she added the caveat that it was the only room of the house that had been completed. She drew an image of roof beams that were scribe d with roman numerals and put together with mortise-and-tenon construction. Subject 5 also dr ew an image of the wood ceilings that she had stripped of previous layers of paint by hand, injuring her shoulder Lastly, she drew a snake.

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73 Subject 5 recounted the story of going underneath the house to examine the chimney she ran into a rat snake under the house with no place to go. S ubject 5s drawings are related to the stories she uncovered while working on renovating the house. Figure 5-8. Environmental Au tobiography drawing, Subject 5 When examining the drawings for similarities, a theme that surfaces in the drawings is the concept of home as sanctuary. Three of the subj ects (Subjects 1, 3, and 4) mentioned variations on the words warmth, comfort, happiness. Th eir respective houses provided them with protection and emotional solace. These three subjects also drew the same central image of a heart (see figures 5-5, 5-6 and 5-7). This core im age of love was directed toward their families and to their houses. Subject 5s drawing was unique as she drew isolated images showing experiences she had while working on her house and reflected mainly on the elements of the house such as the roof, the ceiling or the bricks. As opposed to the other subjects, she did not draw a comprehensive image of home. However, all of these individuals felt a deep emotional

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74 connection with their houses. These drawings explored the li nk between the past and present which can create a meaningful sense of place. (Allen, 2008, p. 39) Another topic that came out of the drawings is the concept of historic as a museum. Subject 2 did research to ensure the historic re creation of the interiors was true to historic Colonial Williamsburg style and used reproductions of Colonial Williamsburg wall papers and colors. Subject 3 thinks it is not practical to ma intain a historic property as a museum piece. He believes that historic residences need to be places where people live amongst historic architecture but still can have a modern lifestyle. Subject 4 di d not raise this issue in the interview; however, her interiors are historic re creations. Lastly, Subject 5 said she wanted to bring the spirit of the period back however she w ould feel uncomfortable if everything in the house was a period recreation. While the paint colors she has chosen are similar to the ones that were originally used she said I think you can have contemporary furnishings that have the feel of the period through the quality or the sense of formality. It should be acknowledged that while acknowledging the past, reviva ls of past styles are not nece ssarily meant to be authentic replications of past living conditions but an ad aptation of the style to contemporary conditions (Rybczyknski, 1986) It would appear that an individuals feelings towards the rehabilitation, restoration or reconstruction of period interiors are mostly related to their attitudes to nostalgia and their sense of self. Cross Case Analysis Several s imilarities surfaced when examining each case study in terms of the subjects views towards sense of self, worthiness of arch itecture, sense of place and nostalgia. Other themes emerged which appear to affect why hom eowners rehabilitate, restore or reconstruct their interiors. These unexpected themes were : homebuyers seeing the in herent potential in a house, narrative, and their perception of reconstructed interiors.

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75 The case study subjects were asked a series of questions to try and determine if they had rehabilitated, restored or recons tructed either the interior and/ or the architecture of their house because they felt it matched their se nse of self. As defined before, sense of self is reflected in how individuals identify with cer tain environments and define themselves by their experiences with those environments (Kopek, 2006). Subjec t 1 rehabilitated her house. She saw the potential in the house and wanted to bring out its inner beauty ; I guess from a psychological standpoint, I saw the potential in myself and I saw the potential in the house. Subject 2 said when he drove by the house he was immediately attr acted to the house. Subject 3 said that he too was immediately attracted to both his house in town and the rental property he owns. Subjects 4 and 5 made no specific comment about immediately feeling a connection with their houses but each felt their house was a reflection of their personality. All of the subjects felt the most comfortable in their own house. It appear s that some individuals do choose historic or potentially historic houses because the building matc hes their sense of self as seen in Table 5-3. However, it appears that there is also an impetu s for some individuals to purchase them because the exterior speaks to their sense of self, and th en modify their residential interiors to achieve even better congruence. Another topic of interest in this study is the view of th e worthiness of the house as an influence on the subjects choice to rehabilitate, restore or recreate the architecture or the interior of their house (see table 5-4). As stated earlier the worthiness of residential interior has been linked to physical features contri buting to visual richness such as decoration, natural materials, curves, articulated walls, distinctiveness, and my stery. Subject 2 said he had always liked the Colonial style and his view of the houses worthine ss influenced him to recreate the interiors. Subject 3 claimed his house in Atlanta and hi s farm property in Lithonia were worthy of

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76 recreation and restoration resp ectively because each has been relatively unchanged by time. Subject 4 said she was very driven to live in a Victorian house which inherently made the house worthy. She feels her role is as caretaker of the past for future generations. What made Subject 5 want to preserve her house was that she saw the worthiness in the house and wanted to preserve the interiors. Subject 1 rehabilitated the first floor, but kept the second floor as it was with few changes and also kept the original w ood floors throughout the ho use. She thought the house had enough architectural style to preserve but the interiors had to be modified so they better matched her sense of self. Table 5-3. Cross Case Analysis Fi nding of Role of Sense of Self Subject 1 2 3 4 5 Homeowner feels their sense of self is reflected by the house and rehabiliates, restores or recreates the exterior and interiors of their "historic" house X X X X X Homeowner does not feel their sense of self is reflected by their house But rehabiliates, restores or recreates the exterior and Interiors of their historic house Homeowner feels the exterior of the house reflects their sense of self and does not rehabiliate restore or recreate the interiors of their "historic" house Homeowner feels their sense of self is not reflected by the house and does not rehabiliate, restore or recreate the exterior or the interiors of their "historic" house It appears that how the indivi dual views the worthiness of a re sidence does affect whether they are likely to preserve or historically reconstruct its architect ure, interior or both. However, definitions of worthiness widely varied across subjects. The next topic that was discussed with the case studies was sense of place. Questions were asked to determine if they felt a sense of place w ith their house. Sense of place is a combination of place identity and place attachment. Place identity is how people incorporate a place into the larger concept of their own identities of senses and self; place attachment is defined as a persons bond with the social and physical envi ronments of a place. Such places have deep

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77 Table 5-4. Cross Case Anal ysis Role of Worthiness Subject 1 2 3 4 5 Homeowner views house as worthy and rehabilitates, restores or reconstructsthe interior and exterior of their "historic" house X X X X Homeowner views house as worthy and rehabilitate, restore or reconstructs the exterior of their "historic" house not the interior X Homeowner does not view house as worthy but rehabilitates restores or reconstructs the interior and exterior of their "historic" house Homeowner does not view the house as worthy and does not rehabilitate, restore or reconstruct their "historic" house meaning to individuals because th eir identities are w oven intricately into those places (Kopek, 2006). Case study subjects were asked what the te rm sense of place meant to them and if they felt a sense of place with their hous e (see table 5-5). Subject 1 view ed sense of place as having a private sanctuary because when you walk out the door you are forced to deal with people you do not want to deal with. In your home you can control what you have to be confronted with on a daily basis. For Subject 1, her home acts like a marked territory protecting her and her family where they can feel safe. When asked why she chos e to live in a historic house, Subject 1 said it was because they have character and are the sort of environment where she wants to raise her children. Subject 2 defined the phrase sense of pl ace as being comfortable at home. He said he found his house to be warm, safe, quiet and p eaceful. While Subject 3 defined sense of place as honoring the site and letting the space speak for itself. Subject 3 was attracted to both of his historic properties. He felt that they were special because they are still very similar to how they were when constructed. Subject 4 defined se nse of place as being part of something that is larger than you, but that is very much. It is someplace you feel roots coming out of your feet. Subject 4 wanted to live in a historic house be cause of the connection to the past. Lastly, Subject 5 defined sense of place as belonging to a community. She actually feels more a sense of connection to her house in Carnesv ille than her house in Atlanta.

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78 Sense of place is a very complicated issue since it is difficult to separate elements of the individuals house and the neighborhood they live i n. It seems that sense of place is a motivator for people to rehabilitate, restore or recreate the interiors of their historic houses. However, it appears that an individual can f eel a sense of place with the ar chitecture of thei r house and still rehabilitate or recreate their house to be in congruence with their sense of self. Table 5-5. Cross Case Analysis Role of Sense of Place Subject 1 2 3 4 5 Individuals feels a sense of place to their "historic" house and either rehabilitates, restores or reconstructs the interior of their house X X X X Individual feels a sense of place to the architecture or other external factors but feels no sense of attachment to the "historicresidential interior and does not rehabilitate, restore or reconstruct the interior of their house X Individual does not feel a sense of place to their "historic" house but rehabilitates, restores or reconstructs the architecture and interior of their house Individual does not feel a sense of place and decides to rehabilitate, restore or reconstructs neither the architecture nor the interior of their house A final topic discussed with the case study partic ipants was nostalgia. As defined earlier, nostalgia refers to the relationship between build ing form, its use, meaning and time; it is a transactional process between physic al and affective factors. Th e loss and destruction of places leads to nostalgic feelings since nostalgia in general refers to a longing for what is gone rather than a specific place. The cas e study participants were asked wh at nostalgia meant to them and if they viewed themselves as nostalgic people and if they had nostalgic feelings associated with their house (see table 5-6). Subject 1 defined nosta lgia as the emotional recall experienced from past memories that bring back certain feelings. She defined herself as nostalgic but she said she does not have nostalgic feelings associated with her house. While she acknowledges that nostalgia might be a factor for some individuals. Her motive fo r rehabilitating he r house is the

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79 idea of making the world a better place. Subjec t 2 defined nostalgia as remembering past times and views himself as nostalgic. He does acknow ledge he has nostalgic feelings towards his house. His grandfather restored antiques and his mother was an interior decorator who loved colonial style architecture. He believes that this family history may have given him his interest in historic houses. Subject 3 defi nes nostalgia as a revisionist version of the historical truths that may or may not be accurate. Subject 3 does not view himself as nostalgic but he acknowledges that he is developing his own nostalgia for when he first m oved in Atlanta 15 years ago. However, he says he is learning to be less nostalgic a bout his house and honor it for what it is. Subject 4 defined nostalgia as a co nnector to the past and to the fu ture. Subject 4 admits she is nostalgic and has nostalgic feelin gs associated with her house. For her, my reality is the one with the link and the continuity. Subject 5 defi ned nostalgia as a longi ng for the past, however a past the individual has in the mind that might not reflect reality. Table 5-6. Cross Case Anal ysis Role of Nostalgia Subject 1 2 3 4 5 Homeowner is nostalgic for the past and rehabilitate, restore or reconstructs the interior of their "historic" house X X Homeowner is not nostalgic for the past but rehabilitates, restores or reconstructs the interior of their "historic "house X X X Homeowner is nostalgic for th e past but does not rehabilitate, restore or reconstructs the interior of their "historic house Homeowner is not nostalgic for the past and does not rehabilitate, restore or reconstructs the interior of their "historic house Three unexpected issues came out of the case st udiesthe role of potential and effort in the view of worthiness, the role of narrative and nostalgia, and finally the perception of recreated interiors. First, it seems that whether homeowners deem a house worthy is resides in part in their appreciation of intrinsic beauty and effort that went into making the house. Subject 1 said she

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80 appreciated the structure of the house with the large number of hi storic windows and the historic 24 ft long wood floors in the house. Subject 4 fe lt that an individual cannot make something beautiful without putting their self into it. For her, rehabilitation, restoration and recreation are about respecting the effort someone put into maki ng a house. Previous re search indicated that individuals were more likely to purchase a historic house if it had been maintained (GramHanssen & Beth-Danielsen, 2004). Both Subjects 1 and 5 said they saw the potential in the house. When Subject 1 was speaking of her hous e she elaborated on the untapped beauty and potential she saw in the house and which was what made her want to rehabilitate the house. For her it was about bringing out the potential in her house and giving something back to the neighborhood. For Subject 1, the idea was that an individual can repair rather than replace a house and restore and bring vitality back to someth ing that had lost it. Subject 5 said she has always liked to fix things that were messed up and broken and see the potential in them. Narrative, as defined earlier, is an individual attaching ideas to their intangible memories of the past; some use possessions to strengthen th is attachment. Both Subject 3 and Subject 5 were aware of individuals propens ity to believe a narrative and th at people have a tendency to look at the past but they do not seem to take into account its realities. Subject 3 stated it most succinctly ...Nostalgia is not interesting to me anymore. Too many people suffered to live that way. The only guy that won was the man, the wh ite man. Everybody else suffered so he could live comfortably. That nostalgia is not fun and people need to look back at the past and be honest. When Subject 5 found physical evidence of a childs handprint in a brick it made her realize that there was more to think about than who owned and liv ed in the house. She started thinking about how these houses were built by slaves but how the legacy is about the owners and not the individuals whose labor bu ilt this culture. No stalgia is a double edge sword for while it

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81 can elicit feelings of comfort and security these feelings are often in lieu of a willingness to face the changes of the future (Kopek, 2006). It appears that both nosta lgia and narrative may play an active role in why some individual s rehabilitate, restore or recreat e the interiors of their house. Subjects 1, 3, and 5 said they did not view themselv es as nostalgic yet they were all attracted to historic buildings. Subjects 1 a nd 5 mentioned seeing the potential in the interiors of their house which may relate more directly to sense of self since neither saw this self as nostalgic. Perhaps sense of self and place have a more active role in preservation than nostalgia. While each case study participant appreciated va rious aspects of the historic houses they lived in, the historically reconstructed interi ors made some particip ants think of a house museum. Subject 1 for example didnt want a period renovation of her house since she viewed them as sterile; she didnt want to do anything sh e felt was ostentatious or pretentious which to her meant using vintage wall paper. For her, the idea of historically recr eating the interiors using period finishes would have made her house feel st aged and inaccessible, as in a museum. While Subject 2 did research to ensure the historic re creation of the interiors was true to historic Colonial Williamsburg style. He used reproduc tions of Colonial Williamsburg wall papers and colors. Subject 3 thinks it is not practical to ma intain a historic property as a museum piece. He believes that historic residences need to be places where people live amongst historic architecture but still can have a modern lifestyle. Subject 4 di d not raise this issue up in the interview; however, her interiors are historic re creations. Lastly, Subject 5 said she wanted to bring the spirit of the period back however she w ould feel uncomfortable if everything in the house was a period recreation. While the paint colors she has chosen are similar to the ones that were originally used she said I think you can have contemporary furnishings that have the feel of the period through the quality or the sense of fo rmality. It would appear that an individuals

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82 feelings towards the rehabilitati on, restoration or recreation of pe riod interiors are mostly related to their attitudes to nostalgia and their sense of self.

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83 CHAPTER 5 CONCLUSION Psycho-social factors ap pear to influence pe ople to rehabilitate, re store or reconstruct historic or period interiors. Five case study subjects were id entified and asked a series of questions to see if sense of se lf, the perceived worthiness of ar chitecture, sense of place and nostalgia may have been conscious or unconscious factors playing on their choice to preserve or not preserve the architecture and in teriors of their residences. Sense of self does appear to be a factor in why some individuals re habilitate, restore or reconstruct their residence. All of the case st udy participants modified the interiors of their residences from the state they were in when they purchased their house. However, only one individual gutted the house to completely remodel it. The rest removed additions that, in their views, were inconsistent with the period in which the house was constructed, and either restored or recreated the interiors to a c hosen period. It appear s that there is a need for individuals to modify their interiors to create a greater cong ruence between their residential environment and their sense of self. However, it seems that fo r individuals who purchase a historic house the impulse is to rehabilitate the hous e back to its original state and not completely modify it. The perceived worthiness of the residence also appears to be a factor. Part of what individuals deemed worthy of preservation in thei r residences was the quality of materials used in the construction. Several subjects mentioned th e quality and artistry of the materials used in constructing the house. It appe ars that how the individual views the worthiness of a residence does affect whether individuals are likely to preserve the architect ure, the interior or both. While previous research indicated that individuals were more likely to purchase an older house if it had been maintained (Gram-Hassen & Beth-Danielsen, 2004), the subjects in the case study suggest that for some individuals the ability to see the potential in a rundow n house is as also an

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84 important a factor. It seems th at the individuals were attracte d to houses that still had the majority of their original featur es. However, the appraisal of a historic period residence as being worthy of preservation appears to relate dir ectly back to self identification issues. Further research needs to be conducted to assess this relationship. The concept of sense of place as related to th e preservation or historic reconstructions of historic residences does appear to be a factor in why individuals pr eserve them. Almost all of the individuals in the case study mentioned at some poi nt how they liked historic period residences for the connection to and sense of history the houses embodied. It appears that while some individuals feel a sense of place with the architect ure and interiors of their historic house, they rehabilitate or reconstruct the interiors so th ey are consistent with the style and period it represents. Other individuals feel a greater sens e of place with the architecture or other external factors, such as the neighborhood in which the house is located, and renovate the interior of their house to be greater congruence with their sense of self. It was difficult to appraise how great a role nostalgia and narrative played in whether individuals were likely to preserve or reconstruct the interiors of their historic residences. Three of the case study participants adm itted that they were not nostalg ic. Two of the participants appreciated their residences for th eir artistry but they tried not to glorify the past. The other two individuals admitted they were nostalgic for the pa st. While each of their houses were filled with pieces of the past, both seemed to collect these items out of respect for their craftsmanship and aesthetics, nonetheless th eir interpretation of the historic narrative was not clearly understood. It should be noted that this is a small cas e study and the results do not carry enough weight for the findings to be generalized, so the data should be considered preliminary findings suggesting further research. Howe ver, individuals sense of self, perception of the worthiness of

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85 the historic house and sense of place arise as potential indicators of whether individuals will preserve historic residences. Preservation is an attempt to maintain the ta ngible connection between the past and present through saving the buildings of previous eras. It is important to safeguard the past for future generations. Historic period buildings were co nstructed to endure since to waste valuable resources, such as money and effort, were inconceivable in the past (Kunstler, 1996). Since technology such as electricity and air conditioni ng were not available these buildings were designed to suit their environmen t. These earlier construction approaches which were once viewed as outdated are experien cing a revival as individuals look at the environmental impact of what they build. Historic period buildings are physical representations of a societys beliefs, including its approach to the us e of earths resources. Historic buildings provide an example of successful strategies that shoul d inspire our quest for more su stainable ways of building. A good house is a created thing made of ma ny parts economically and meaningfully assembled. It speaks not just of materials fr om which it is made, but of the intangible rhythms, spirits, and dreams of pe oples lives. Its site is only a tiny piece of the real world, yet this place is made to seem like an entire world. In its parts it accommodates important human activities, yet in sum it express an attitude toward life. (Moore et al., 1974, p. 49) Why people preserve residential interiors is a complicated issue. However, this study has uncovered several areas for possible future research, from research into individuals preferences for historic residential interiors to more comp rehensive research on why individuals preserve historic residential interiors. A commonly used research strategy uses images of interiors to assess peoples perceptions of them; however of ten the images used have been taken from current house design magazines and do not clearly describe the style or period or contents of the interiors that are being judged (Nasar, 1989; Pu rcell & Nasar, 1992; Stamps & Nasar, 1997). Future research could use Clare Cooper Marc us Environmental Autobiography techniques to

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86 examine different reactions to residential in teriors and comparing new construction versus historic structures. Further res earch could be done into how se nse of self and sense of place affect individuals willingness to preserve historic residential interiors. Another potential research area is the concept of worthiness: How does an individual determine the worthiness of a historic structure and what role does it play in their decision to rehabilitate a house? Lastly, the role of worthiness of a historic residence for preservation could be examined in terms of its existing condition and its effect on its possible purchase.

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87 APPENDIX A NUMBER OF SINGLE FAMILY HOMES BY AGE1 Year Structure Built Total 1 fami ly detached 1 family attached 2005 to 2009 2,964,000 2,471,000 235,000 2000 to 2004 6,344,000 5,029,000 449,000 1995 to 1999 6,189,000 4,492,000 336,000 1990 to 1994 4,988,000 3,775,000 347,000 1985 to 1989 5,267,000 3,899,000 479,000 1980 to 1984 4,198,000 2,955,000 349,000 1975 to 1979 7,860,000 6,408,000 424,000 1970 to 1974 5,759,000 4,453,000 266,000 1960 to 1969 8,979,000 8,099,000 185,000 1950 to 1959 8,382,000 8,015,000 167,000 1940 to 1949 4,423,000 4,062,000 156,000 1930 to 1939 3,062,000 2,688,000 162,000 1920 to 1929 2,676,000 2,265,000 185,000 1919 or earlier 4,555,000 3,901,000 301,000 Total 75,647,000 62,512,000 4,042,000 1 Data taken from American Housing Survey Table 3-25. Units in Structure by Sel ected Characteristics--OwnerOccupied Units. Information compiled for U.S. Census Bureau American Housing Survey (20 08). Units in Structure by Selected Characteristics-Owne r Occupied Units. Retrieved from http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/housing/ah s/ahs07/tab3-25.pdf on November 1, 2008

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88 APPENDIX B LEGISLATION FOR STATE REHABILTATION TAX CREDIT FOR HOMEOWNERS State Nam e State Rehabilitation Tax Credit for Homeowners and Year of Enactment State Rehab Tax Credit includes Interior Preservation Percent of State Rehab Tax Credit for homeowners Alabama No rehabilitation tax credit NA NA Alaska No state income tax NA NA Arizona No rehabilitation tax credit NA NA Arkansas No rehabilitation tax credit NA NA California No rehabilitation tax credit NA NA Colorado YES (1991) DOI1 20% Connecticut YES(2000) DOI 30% Delaware YES (2001) DOI 30% District of Columbia No rehabilitation tax credit for homeowner NA NA Florida No state income tax NA NA Georgia YES(2002) DOI 25% non target areas 30% target areas Hawaii No rehabilitation tax credit NA NA Idaho No rehabilitation tax credit NA NA Illinois No rehabilitation tax credit NA NA Indiana YES (2000) DOI 20% Iowa YES(2000) DOI 25% Kansas YES(2001) DOI 25% Kentucky YES (2005) DOI 30% Louisiana YES (2006) DOI 10% 25% dependent on owners adjusted gross income Maine No rehabilitation tax credit for homeowner NA NA Maryland YES (1997) DOI 20% 1 DOI Department of Interior Standards

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89 State Name State Rehabilitation Tax Credit for Homeowners and Year of Enactment State Rehab Tax Credit includes Interior Preservation Percent of State Rehab Tax Credit for homeowners Louisiana YES (2006) DOI 10% 25% dependent on owners adjusted gross income Maine No rehabilitation tax credit for homeowner NA NA Maryland YES (1997) DOI 20% Massachusetts No rehabilitation tax credit for homeowner NA NA Michigan YES(1999) DOI 25% Minnesota No rehabilitation tax credit NA NA Mississippi YES (2006) DOI 25% Missouri No rehabilitation tax credit for homeowner NA NA Montana No rehabilitation tax credit for homeowner NA NA Nebraska No rehabilitation tax credit NA NA Nevada No state income tax NA NA New Hampshire No state income tax NA NA New Jersey No rehabilitation tax credit NA NA New Mexico YES (1984) DOI 50% New York YES (2007) DOI 20% North Carolina YES (1988) DOI 30% North Dakota YES (2000) DOI 25% Ohio No rehabilitation tax credit for homeowner NA NA Oklahoma No rehabilitation tax credit for homeowner NA NA Oregon No rehabilitation tax credit NA NA Pennsylvania No rehabilitation tax credit NA NA

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90 State Name State Rehabilitation Tax Credit for Homeowners and Year of Enactment State Rehab Tax Credit includes Interior Preservation Percent of State Rehab Tax Credit for homeowners Rhode Island YES (1989) DOI 20% South Carolina YES (2003) DOI 25% South Dakota No state income tax NA NA Tennessee No state income tax NA NA Texas No state income tax NA NA Utah YES (1993) DOI 20% Vermont No rehabilitation tax credit for homeowner NA NA Virginia YES (1997) DOI 25% Washington No state income tax NA NA West Virginia YES (2001) DOI 20% Wisconsin YES (1989) DOI 25% Wyoming No state income tax NA NA

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91 APPENDIX C NUMBER OF HOUSES THAT USED ST ATE REHABILTATI ON T AX CREDIT FOR HOMEOWNERS BY STATE State Name Number of homes that have used SRTC Alabama 0 Alaska 0 Arizona 0 Arkansas 0 California 0 Colorado 440 Connecticut 253 Delaware 41 District of Columbia 0 Florida 0 Georgia 425 Hawaii 0 Idaho 0 Illinois 0 Indiana 82 Iowa 16 Kansas 600 Kentucky 59 Louisiana 0 Maine 0 Maryland 2500 Massachusetts 0 Michigan 600 Minnesota 0 Mississippi 0 Missouri 0 Montana 0 Nebraska 0 Nevada 0 New Hampshire 0 New Jersey 0 New Mexico 580

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92 State Name Number of homes that have used SRTC New York 3 North Carolina 871 North Dakota 0 Ohio 0 Oklahoma 0 Oregon 0 Pennsylvania 0 Rhode Island unknown South Carolina 58 South Dakota 0 Tennessee 0 Texas 0 Utah 827 Vermont 0 Virginia Unknown Washington 0 West Virginia 42 Wisconsin 4000 Wyoming 0 Total 11397

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93 APPENDIX D NUMBER OF SINGLE FAMILY HOUSES (20 06) COMPARED TO TOTAL NUMBER OF APPR OVED SINGLE FAMILY HOUSES THAT HAVE USED STATE REHABILITATION TAX CREDIT, BY STATE 1 Data retrieved from American Community Survey Tables. U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey Ta bles (2006). U.S. Census Bureau Housing Units by Units in Structure and State 2006. Retrieved from www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2008/tables/08s0952.xls on November 1, 2008. STATE Total Number of Single Family Houses1 Total Number of SRTC Percentage of Single Family Houses that successfully have used SRTC Colorado 1,474,000 440 .03% Connecticut 924,000 253 .027% Delaware 270,000 41 .015% Georgia 2,689,000 425 .002% Indiana 2,077,000 82 .0039% Iowa 1,018,000 16 .0015% Kansas 934,000 600 .065% Kentucky 1,310,000 59 .0045% Maryland 1,678,000 2500 .015% Michigan 3,420,000 600 .0017% New Mexico 575,000 580 .104% New York 3,684,000 3 .00008% North Carolina 2,744,000 871 .032% Rhode Island 266,000 Unknown Unknown South Carolina 1,271,000 58 .0046% Utah 661,000 827 .13% Virginia 2,356,000 Unknown Unknown West Virginia 641,000 42 .0066% Wisconsin 1,790,000 4000 .228%

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94 APPENDIX E STATES WITH EASEMENT ENABLING LEGI SLATI ON AND NUMBER OF EASEMENT HOLDING ORGANIZATIONS State Name Has Enabling Legislature allowing for Historic Preservation Easements Enabling Legislature that allows Preservation of Interior Spaces Number of Easement Holding Organization s in State Alabama Yes No 2 Alaska Yes No 0 Arizona Yes No 0 Arkansas Yes No 0 California Yes No 1 Colorado Yes No 4 Connecticut Yes No 1 Delaware Yes No 4 District of Columbia Yes No 2 Florida Yes No 2 Georgia Yes No 5 Hawaii Yes No 1 Idaho Yes No 0 Illinois Yes No 1 Indiana Yes No 2 Iowa No NA 1 Kansas Yes No 0 Kentucky Yes No 4 Louisiana Yes NA 3 Maine Yes Yes 3 Maryland No NA 4 Massachusetts Yes Yes 3 Michigan Yes No 1 Minnesota Yes No 0

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95 State Name Has Enabling Legislature allowing for Historic Preservation Easements Has Enabling Legislature that allows Preservation of Interior Spaces Number of Easement Holding Organization Mississippi Yes No 2 Missouri No No 1 Montana Yes No 0 Nebraska Yes No 0 Nevada Yes No 1 New Hampshire Yes No 4 New Jersey Yes Yes 2 New Mexico Yes No 1 New York Yes No 8 North Carolina Yes Yes 5 North Dakota Yes Yes 1 Ohio No No 3 Oklahoma Yes No 0 Oregon Yes No 1 Pennsylvania Yes No 2 Rhode Island Yes No 1 South Carolina Yes No 6 South Dakota Yes No 1 Tennessee Yes No 3 Texas Yes No 4 Utah Yes No 1 Vermont Yes No 1 Virginia Yes No 3 Washington Yes No 4 West Virginia Yes No 0 Wisconsin Yes No 1 Wyoming Yes No 0 TOTAL 46 100

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96 APPENDIX F EASEMENTS BY ORGANIZATIONS BY STATE State Name of Easement Holding Organizations Total Number of Easements held by Organization Total Number of Interior Easements held by Organization Total Number of Residential Preservation Easements Total Number of Interior Residential Preservation Easements AL The Alabama Historical Commission 85 25 58 19 Mobile Historic Development Commission 160 0 135 0 AK None 0 0 0 0 AZ None 0 0 0 0 AR None 0 0 0 0 CA San Francisco Architectural Heritage 59 2 56 1 CO Colorado Historical Foundation 40 2 4 1 Historic Denver, Inc 55 1 22 0 Historic Georgetown, Inc 10 0 2 0 Yampa Valley Land Trust 64 NA1 NA NA CT Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation 21 2 20 1 1 NA Not Available

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97 State Name of Easement Holding Organizations Total Number of Easements held by Organization Total Number of Interior Easements held by Organization Total Number of Residential Preservation Easements Total Number of Interior Residential Preservation Easements DE Delaware Natural Resources & Environmental Control Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown First State Preservation Revolving Fund, Inc 2 0 2 0 Preservation Delaware, Inc 3 1 2 1 State of Delaware 2 1 2 1 DC Foundation for the Preservation of Historic Georgetown 105 1 100 0 The LEnfant Trust 1107 0 1064 0 FL Dade Heritage Trust 5 1 1 0 Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach 4 0 2 0 GA Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, Inc NR2 2 NR No Response

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98 State Name of Easement Holding Organizations Total Number of Easements held by Organization Total Number of Interior Easements held by Organization Total Number of Residential Preservation Easements Total Number of Interior Residential Preservation Easements GA Easements Atlanta 41 0 1 0 Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation 30 5 16 4 Historic Columbus Foundation, Inc 50 0 48 0 Historic Savannah Foundation 307 1 Unknown 0 HI Historic Hawaii Foundation 1 0 1 0 ID None 0 0 0 0 IL Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois NR IN Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana 125 6 ? ? Historic Madison, Inc 5 0 1 0 IA Clayton County Conservation Board 2 0 0 0 KS None 0 0 0 0 KY The Bluegrass Conservancy 36 0 0 0

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99 State Name Name of Easement Holding Organizations Total Number of Easements held by Organization Total Number of Interior Easements held by Organization Total Number of Residential Preservation Easements Total Number of Interior Residential Preservation Easements KY Jefferson County Office of Historic Preservation & Archives NR Kentucky Trust for Historic Preservation, Inc. 8 8 4 4 River Fields, Inc. 22 1 6 1 LA Louisiana Division of Archaeology NR Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans 115 0 64 0 Vieux Carre Commission 19 0 16 0 ME Harpswell Heritage Land Trust NR Maine Historic Preservation Commission NR Maine Preservation 25 3 7 3 MD Historic Annapolis Foundation 150 15 139 9

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100 State Name of Easement Holding Organizations Total Number of Easements held by Organization Total Number of Interior Easements held by Organization Total Number of Residential Preservation Easements Total Number of Interior Residential Preservation Easements MD Maryland Environmental Trust 961 21 Unknown Unknown Maryland Historic Trust NR Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation, Ltd. 4 2 1 0 MA Cambridge Historical Commission 45 1 18 1 The Trustees of Reservations 322 0 100 0 MI Michigan Historical Center 104 25 14 2 MN None 0 0 0 0 MS Mississippi Department of Archives and History 913 913 Unknown Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation 3 3 3 3 MO Landmarks Historic Trust Corporation NR MT None 0 0 0 0

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101 State Name of Easement Holding Organizations Total Number of Easements held by Organization Total Number of Interior Easements held by Organization Total Number of Residential Preservation Easements Total Number of Interior Residential Preservation Easements NB None 0 0 0 0 NV Nevada State Historic Preservation Office 75 75 0 0 NH Division of Historical Resources 52 Unknown Unknown Unknown Manchester Historic Association 1 1 0 0 New Hampshire Land & Community Heritage Investment Program NA NA NA NA New Hampshire Preservation Alliance 3 3 2 0 NJ Historic Society of Princeton NR New Jersey Historic Trust 13 6 10 6 NM American Studies Foundation NA NY Adirondack Architectural Heritage 4 1 4 1

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102 State Name of Easement Holding Organizations Total Number of Easements held by Organization Total Number of Interior Easements held by Organization Total Number of Residential Preservation Easements Total Number of Interior Residential Preservation Easements NY The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development NR Landmark Society of Western New York 37 18 31 14 Mohonk Preserve, Inc. NR New York Landmarks Conservancy 43 0 Unknown 0 Preservation League of New York State 2 1 1 1 Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation 25 0 0 0 Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities 8 8 8 8 NC Capital Area Preservation, Inc 22 19 19 19 Conservation Trust for North Carolina NA NA NA NA

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103 State Name of Easement Holding Organizations Total Number of Easements held by Organization Total Number of Interior Easements held by Organization Total Number of Residential Preservation Easements Total Number of Interior Residential Preservation Easements NC Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County, Inc. NR Preservation Society of Chapel Hill NR Uptown Shelby Association, Inc NR ND North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department NA NA NA NA OH Cincinnati Preservation Association 81 2 71 2 Cleveland Restoration Society 1 0 0 0 Heritage Ohio 1 0 1 0 OK None 0 0 0 0 OR Historic Preservation League of Oregon NR PA Brandywine Conservancy, Inc 28 0 26 0

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104 State Name of Easement Holding Organizations Total Number of Easements held by Organization Total Number of Interior Easements held by Organization Total Number of Residential Preservation Easements Total Number of Interior Residential Preservation Easements PA Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia 220 6 125 3 RI Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission 100 0 6 0 SC Historic Beaufort Foundation 30 1 25 0 Historic Charleston Foundation 236 38 208 35 Historic Columbia Foundation 2 0 1 0 Nation Ford Land Trust NR The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation NR The Preservation Society of Charleston NR SD Preserve South Dakota 6 0 0 0

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105 State Name of Easement Holding Organizations Total Number of Easements held by Organization Total Number of Interior Easements held by Organization Total Number of Residential Preservation Easements Total Number of Interior Residential Preservation Easements TN Historic Nashville NR Knox Heritage, Inc 0 0 0 0 Memphis Heritage, Inc 6 0 2 0 TX Galveston Historical Foundation, Inc. NR San Antonio Conservation Society 20 1 19 0 Texas Historical Commission NR Texas Historical Commission NR UT Utah Heritage Foundation 116 0 106 0 VT Preservation Trust of Vermont, Inc. 47 17 37 2 VA Office of Historic Alexandria NR Virginia Department of Historic Resources 449 Unknown Unknown Unknown Virginia Outdoors Foundation 2,234 0 0 0

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106 State Name of Easement Holding Organizations Total Number of Easements held by Organization Total Number of Interior Easements held by Organization Total Number of Residential Preservation Easements Total Number of Interior Residential Preservation Easements WA Jefferson Land Trust NA NA NA NA The San Juan Preservation Trust 204 0 0 0 Spokane City/County Historic Preservation Office 10 0 0 0 Washington State Office of Archaeology & Historic Preservation 42 4 5 2 WV None 0 0 0 0 WI State Historical Society of Wisconsin NR WY None 0 0 0 0 National Orgs American Farmland Trust NR Civil War Preservation Trust 93 0 0 0 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy NR

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107 State Name Name of Easement Holding Organizations Total Number of Easements held by Organization Total Number of Interior Easements held by Organization Total Number of Residential Preservation Easements Total Number of Interior Residential Preservation Easements Historic New England 74 National Architectural Trust NR The National Trust for Historic Preservation 103 Unknown Unknown unknown The Nature Conservancy NA NA NA NA Trust for Public Land NA NA NA NA TOTAL 9398 2616 1241 165

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108 APPENDIX G TOTAL NUMBER OF SINGLE FAMILY HOUSES (2006) COMAPERD TO TOTAL NUMBE R OF RESIDENTIAL EASEMENTS STATE Total Number of Single Family Houses1 Total Number of Residential Easements Percent of Residential Easements Number of Interior Residential Easements in state Percent of Interior Residential Easements Alabama 1,469,000 193 .0131% 19 .0013% California 8,580,000 56 .00066% 1 .000012% Colorado 1,474,000 28 .0019% 1 .000071% Connecticut 924,000 20 .0022% 1 .00011% Delaware 270,000 6 .0023% 2 .000759% District of Columbia 114,000 1164 1.1% 0 0 Florida 5,088,000 3 .00006% 0 0 Georgia 2,689,000 65 .00032% 4 .00002% Hawaii 303,000 1 .000003% 0 0 Indiana 2,077,000 1 .00005% 0 0 Kentucky 1,310,000 4 .0003% 4 .0003% Louisiana 1,256,000 80 .0060% 0 0 Maine 487,000 7 .0015% 3 .0006 Maryland 1,678,000 140 .0085% 0 0 Massachusetts 1,560,000 118 .0077% 1 .000065% Michigan 3,420,000 14 .00042% 2 .0000592% Mississippi 876,000 3 .00035% 3 .00035 New Hampshire 399,000 2 .0005% 0 0 New Jersey 2,195,000 10 .0005% 6 .0000027% New York 3,684,000 44 .0012% 24 .00065% North Carolina 2,744,000 19 .00071% 19 .00071% Ohio 3,663,000 72 .0019% 2 .000055% Pennsylvania 4,088,000 151 .0037% 3 .000074% Rhode Island 266,000 6 .0023% 0 0 South Carolina 1,271,000 234 .019% 35 .0028% Tennessee 1,903,000 2 .00011% 0 0 1 Data retrieved from American Community Survey Tables. U.S. Census Bureau American Fact Finder Community Survey Tables (2006). U.S. Census Bureau Housing Units by Units in Structure and State 2006 Table 947. Retrieved from www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2008/tables/08s0952.xls on November 1, 2008.

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109 STATE Total Number of Single Family Houses Total Number of Residential Easements Percent of Residential Easements Number of Interior Residential Easements in state Percent of Interior Residential Easements Texas 6,244,000 19 .00031% 0 0 Utah 661,000 106 .0167% 0 0 Vermont 218,000 37 .01746% 2 .00094% Washington 1,784,000 5 .000287% 2 .00012%

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110 APPENDIX H PARTICIPANT CONSENT LETTER Departmen t of Interior Design College of Design Cons truction and Planning University of Florida Gainesville, FL Dear Participant, My name is Nalo McGibbon and I am a gradua te student at the University of Florida. My masters thesis is examining the circumstan ces surrounding the loss of historic residential interiors. As part of my thesis I am conduc ting interviews to lear n about the connections established between homeowners a nd the interior design of their hi storic residences. I am asking you to participate in this interview in your capacity as owner of an historic house. The interview is expected to last no longer than one hour; in it you will be asked a series of questions and asked to create a basic drawing regarding your house. No specific drawing skills are required for this purpose. You will not have to answer any questions that you do not wish to during the interview. Your participation in this study is strictly voluntary. You are advised that there are no anticipated risks, compensations or other direct benefits to you or your family. You are free to withdraw your consent to participate and may di scontinue your participation in the study at any time without consequence. With your written perm ission, I will audio tape the interview. Only I and my academic advisor will have access to thes e recordings which I will personally transcribe removing any reference to your identity during the transcription process. The tape will then be erased after it is transcribed to protect your identity. With your consent, I will also take documentary photographs of your house interiors. Any direct reference to your identity will be removed from the photographs using photo editing software. Your identity will be kept confidential to the extent provided by law and your identity will not be revealed in the final

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111 manuscript. The interview will be conducted at your home at your convenience by me in person. A copy of the transcript of the interview a nd photographs taken will be sent to you for your approval. If you have any additional questions about the research prot ocol, please contact me at (718) 852-4567 or my faculty supervisor, Dr. Maruja Torres-Antonini at (352)392-0252 x335. Questions or concerns about your ri ghts as a research participant may be directed to the UF IRB office, University of Florida, Box 11250, Gainesville, FL 32611; ph (352) 392-0433. This letter serves as a contra ct for your participation in th is study. If you agree to these terms, please sign and return this copy in the enclosed envelope or via fax to (352) 392-7266 Attn: Dr. Maruja Torres Antonini This study may be published in the future however this will not entail compensation for me or for any participants. By si gning this letter, you give me permission to report your responses anonymously in the final thesis manuscript to the submitted to my faculty supervisors and derivative publications. ______________________________________________________ I have read the procedure described above fo r the loss of historic residential interiors Masters thesis. I voluntarily ag ree to participate in the interview and I have received a copy of this description. Signature of Participant /Date

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112 APPENDIX I INTERVIEW QUESTIONS Hom eowner information: Name Age Gender Occupation Household composition: Number of members ages: Genders: Occupations: Relationship to owner Building information: Address: Age of building: Square footage: Approximate cost of purchase: Questions relating to house period and owner knowledge of the house history What period/style does your house belong to? What year was your house built? Can you give me a brief historical backgr ound on your house, incl uding year built and historical period a nd style it belongs to?

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113 Questions regarding the preservation of the building Describe the interior spaces of your house? Did you have an image in mind before rehabi litating or remodeling the interior of your house? How preserved was the house when you moved in ? What preservation measures have you taken? What research did you do on the house before you began preservation? Have you thought of listing your house on the Nationa l Register of Histor ic Places? What advantages and disadvantages do you fores ee in listing your property with the National Register of Historic Places? How has the research you have done on your prop erty affected your decision to list/not list the house? Questions regarding financial incentives Prior to rehabilitating your property, did you research wh at incentives, financial or otherwise, were available? Were there any reasons why you chose to use/not use them? Have you ever thought about placing an eas ement to protect your house? Why? If you were to place an easement on your house, what specific features would you protect? Would it be acceptable to you, in order to receive a financial incentive for the rehabilitation of your house, to have to go through a yearly inspection to make sure no major changes were made? Why? Would it be acceptable to you, in order to rece ive financial incentive for the rehabilitation work on your house, to be required to open your house to the public for a few days of the year? Why?

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114 Would it be acceptable to you, in order to rece ive a financial incentive for rehabilitation work on your house, to have to follow guidelines stating what could or could not be done to it? Why? Questions related to place identity and place attachment What does the phrase sense of place mean to you? Do you feel a sense of place in your house? Why? Can you describe some place from your past and/or childhood where you felt at home? Is there any place in your house now th at has a similar feeling to it? What do you think others can tell ab out you from visiting your house? What do you think others can tell about you from visiting your house? How do you feel when you are a visitor to so meone elses house vs. when you are at your own house? Would you consider moving to a new house? Why or why not? What do you feel your house says about you? What made you want to preser ve your house? Can you descri be what is it about your house that makes you want to /made you preserve it? Drawing exercise Please draw a symbol of what your house m eans to you whatever core image comes to your mind put in the center of the page and continue with whatever other images, colors, shapes, or words emerge. If any other houses or dwellings flash through your mind as you do this a grandparents house, a curren t neighbors home, a childhood place. Note which room or image or shape or word seemed to trigger that memory. Be aware of any sensations in your body as you do this. Are you conscious of any feelings of warmth or

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115 sadness, any sensation of relaxation or tension? Imagining that this picture is your friend and start to tell it how you feel. Questions related to nostal gia and place attachment What made you purchase your house? What do you think your house represents about you/your household members? What does the design of your house sa y about you/your household members? How does the design of your house make you feel? Do you feel your house reflects this? Why? Is there a particular room that repres ents you and/or your household members? How would you define nostalgia? Do you view yourself as nostalgic? Do you acknowledge having nostalgic fee lings associated to your house?

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123 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH Nalo Alexandra McGibbon was born in Detro it, Michigan but grew up in the Albany, NY region. It was her experiences growing up in Albany and Altamont that exposed her to the quirks and joys of living in an older house. She graduated from Guilderland Central High School. After high school, Nalo moved to New York City where she attended Barnard College, Columbia University. She graduated with Bach elor of Arts in Theat er with Departmental Honors. After college, Nalo moved to London, E ngland for several months. When she returned to America, she moved back to New York City where she worked in various capacities in the performing arts for several years. While she loved working in the performing arts, Nalo longed to return to school to pursue a degree in Inte rior Design. Finally, Nalo decided to follow her passion and moved from New York to Florida and a pplied to the University of Florida for their master program in Interior Design. Nalos two main interests are: historic preservation and environmentally responsible design. These interest s have lead Nalo to believe that good design should respect and acknowledge the past and embrace the future.



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