San Francisco, CA: US National Park Service, 1998. First edition. Original Wraps. Small quarto, pp. 195, indexed, illustrated with b/w photographs. Very Good. Item #20264
The United Nations designated the 1990s as the Decade for Natural Hazard Reduction. It is ironic then that natural disasters were an increasingly common occurrence in the 1990s as a result of both random chance and to climatic changes. In many of those events, vast sections of our cultural heritage was impaired, not only by the direct impact of the disasters, but also, and by no small measure, by the actions taken by the hazard mitigation and response teams. Too often, damaged historic places are deemed to be a safety hazard and are ordered to be demolished by building officials without due consideration given to their cultural heritage value and the restoration options available. Potential for conflict abounds and, historically, conflict has ensued between the various management agencies. This book addresses these issues through conceptual papers and case studies written by people at the forefront of the conflict. From the Old House Journal Reference Library.