William Morris and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
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William Morris and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

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The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, founded by artist and craftsman William Morris in 1877, sought to preserve the integrity of historic buildings by preventing unnecessary repairs and additions. William Morris's intention and that of the SPAB, as outlined by the original manifesto, was that buildings of any period had a life that was best protected through the conservative repair of what was falling into ruin and the prevention of injury to buildings by safeguarding them as much as possible and practical. This practice became known as historic preservation. In this study, Donovan, relying upon many original documents from the SPAB archives in London, traces the history of the SPAB from its foundation in nineteenth-century England to its current activities in England and Western Europe.show more

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  • Paperback | 178 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 9.65mm | 249g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1st ed.
  • 1138878383
  • 9781138878389
  • 2,250,338

About Andrea Elizabeth Donovan

Andrea Donovan is Assistant Professor at Minot State University, USA.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Chapter One: Modern Preservation Techniques with Nineteenth Century Inspiration Chapter Two: The Architectural and Ideological Environment of the Nineteenth Century Chapter Three: William Morris, His Attitude toward the Gothic Revival, and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings Chapter Four: The SPAB in Britain Chapter Five: The SPAB in France and Germany in the Nineteenth Century Chapter Six: SPAB Activities and Influences in the Twentieth Century Notes Bibliography Indexshow more

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