Preservation Advocacy

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Preserving important structures, landscapes and other aspects of the built environment is a key tenet of the Society's mission. 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.

Policy Statement on the Functioning of the SAH Heritage Conservation Committee (2020)

SAH Heritage Conservation Committee


Committee Chair
Bryan Clark Green, PhD, LEED AP BD+C, Commonwealth Architects

Committee Members
Kenneth Breisch, University of Southern California School of Architecture
Jeffrey Cody, Getty Conservation Institute
Anthony Cohn, Anthony Cohn Architect, New York
Phyllis Ellin, Contract Historian, World Heritage Program, National Park Service, Office of International Affairs
David N. Fixler, FAIA, LEED® AP, EYP/
Sandy Isenstadt, University of Delaware
Theodore Prudon, FAIA, Prudon & Partners
Deborah Slaton, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. 

Ex Officio
Victoria M. Young, SAH President, University of St. Thomas
Pauline Saliga, SAH Executive Director

Letters of Support / Concern

Opposition to the Rail Tie Wind Project and the Ames Monument (10 April 2020)

Opposition to the Border Wall Construction within the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (14 February 2020)

Support for HR 3824, Cahokia Mounds Mississippian Culture National Historical Park Act (11 December 2019)

Support for S Res 315, the resolution memorializing the discovery of the Clotilda, the last known ship to bring enslaved workers from Africa to the United States in 1860 (11 December 2019)

Support for S. 2165, the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act of 2019 (11 December 2019)

Letter of Support for the Preservation of H. H. Richardson's Percy Browne House (27 Oct 2019)

Read: "H. H. Richardson's House for Reverend Browne, Rediscovered" by Mark Wright (JSAH, 68:1, March 2009)

Letter of Support for the Preservation of Chinchero, Peru (11 September 2019)

Letter Opposing the Demolition of Buildings on the Site of the Proposed Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Visitors Center (26 August 2019)

Letter Supporting the Preservation of the Alamo Historic District in San Antonio, Texas (7 August 2019)

Comments on Proposed Department of the Interior, National Park Service Rule Changes – National Historic Preservation Act, Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) 1024-AE49 (19 April 2019)

Letter Supporting the Preservation of the James R. Thompson Center/State of Illinois Building in Chicago (7 Feb 2019)

Letter Supporting the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act (S. 2907) (22 June 2018)

Letter Supporting the Preservation of the Marine Midland Bank in New York (19 March 2018)

Letter Supporting the Preservation of the Fergus Falls State Hospital, Fergus Falls, Minnesota (1 March 2018)

Letter Supporting the Designation of Philip Johnson and John Burgee's AT&T Building as an Individual Landmark (20 Nov 2017)

Letter Supporting the Retention of the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentive Program (13 Nov 2017)


Letter Supporting the Retention of the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentive Program (10 Nov 2017)

Letter Opposing Proposed U.S. Withdrawal from the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (8 Nov 2017)

Letter Supporting the Continued Reasonable Use of the Antiquities Act of 1906 (19 July 2017)

Letter Supporting the Retention and Preservation of Kresge College at UCSC (23 Jan 2017)

Letter in Support of the Retention and Preservation of the Charles Moore Additions to the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College (13 June 2016)

Letter in Support for the Retention of the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (14 March 2016)

Letter Supporting the Preservation of the Administration Building of the Great Shrine of Izumo (9 March 2016)

Letter Supporting the Designation of the Kaufmann Conference Rooms, Lecture Hall, and Elevator Lobby, 809 United Nations Plaza, Manhattan (12 Nov 2015)

Letter to Secretary of State John F. Kerry on the Cultural Impacts of Earthquake Damage in Nepal (9 July 2015)

Letter to Dominion Power on Planned High-Voltage Transmission Lines Crossing the James River (9 July 2015)

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