Preservation Advocacy

Preserving important structures, landscapes and other aspects of the built environment is a key tenet of the Society's mission. One way the Society has taken a leadership role is by developing guidelines for architects and historians who have been asked to testify about the significance of a building or landscape. As a matter of policy, the Society only becomes involved in preservation issues of national or international significance. Preservation issues of local significance should be directed to your State Historic Preservation Office or to local preservation organizations. 

Historic Conservation Committee

  • Bryan Clark Green, PhD, LEED AP BD+C, Chair 
    Director of Historic Preservation, Commonwealth Architects
  • Jeffrey Cody, Getty Conservation Institute
  • David N. Fixler, FAIA, LEED® AP, ETP/
  • Deborah Slaton, Principal, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.


  • On March 5, 2015, SAH sent a letter to Senator John Kerry in support of efforts to prevents further destruction by ISIS of the cultural heritage of Iraq, Seria, Yemen, Liberia, Mali, and other affected regions. 
  • SAH supports the joint statement published by the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), Society for American Archaeology (SAA), the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, and US/ICOMOS, as well as statements by the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), the American Anthropological Association (AAA), and The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII) in response to news reports of the destruction of Nimrud, a gate at Nineveh and other works of ancient art in the Mosul Museum, Iraq.
  • SAH endorses the Value of History statement by the History Relevance Campaign


  • The Board of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has approved the Preservation Master Plan for Taliesin West. This document is the culmination of more than 16 months of study and analysis by Chicago-based Harboe Architects of Taliesin West, a National Historic Landmark built between 1938 and 1959 that served as the winter home, studio and school of Frank Lloyd Wright. The plan will guide decisions on the future preservation, restoration and conservation of the approximately 80,000 gross square feet of building and landscape that comprise Taliesin West. This is the first plan of its kind created for Taliesin West and is unprecedented for the Foundation. View the executive summary of the plan.


SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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