History 3500 syllabus

An analysis of the historic preservation movement in the United States including the history and evolution of the movement, theoretical origins, current conditions and laws, organizational framework and design philosophies.   

This course offers students a background in the principles of historic preservation for application in architectural practice. The loss of older and historic buildings and sites has reduced our collective sense of identification with the past through the medium of the built environment, ignoring the potential that those buildings have for adaptive reuse and continued economic viability.


Because the course will include several site visits, potential modifications to the schedule may occur because of availability issues. Students are responsible for not only showing up for all required classes, but also being prompt for all field visits.


We will focus on:

  • the philosophical and conceptual foundation of preservation,
  • examination of the national, state, and local organizations and structure that make preservation possible,
  • the local and practical aspects of preservation including building research, documentation, analysis, and assessment,
  •  the technical aspects of preservation. 



  • Tyler, Historic Preservation
  • Hubka, Houses Without Names
  • additional texts as assigned

Learning Goals:

  • Historical Knowledge: students will be able to:
    • describe the history and theory of historic preservation
    • describe the activities comprising the work of historic preservationists
  • Historical Thinking: Students will be able to
    • evaluate the built environment
  •  Historical Skills: Students will be able to:
    • Present  their research/analyses

Activities in Support of Learning:

  • oral presentations on assigned topics - 5 minutes with handout
  • 6 short papers (2-3 pages) on assigned topics
    • Summarize and comment on article (not a review or president's note) from Preservation Magazine. Cite article using Turabian style.
    • Attend a meeting of Landmarks. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Summarize and comment.
    • Summarize and comment on an article (not an editorial or review) from Common Ground Magazine . Cite the article using Turabian style.
    • Summarize and comment on an article from CRM: The Journal of Heritage Stewardship.(published by the NPS 2003 - 2011).  Cite article using Turabian style.
    • Tour a restored public building (Ogden High School, Egyptian Theater, Utah State Capital, Municipal Building). Research (newspapers, etc) the efforts to save and restore the building. Comment. Is the building being used for its original purpose? What kind of information is available to the public about the building?
    • Report on 1 field trip. What was presented? comment.
  • 1 project (presented with written and oral explanations)
  • Final Reflection statement


  • Oral presentations = 10 points each
  • short papers = 10 points each
  • projects = 20 points each

Grades are based on a percentage of points possible, not on the curve.

A = 94 -100%
B = 83 - 86%
C = 73 - 76%
D = 60 - 66%