I have noted for the past few years that things have been changing in the Dallas area where historic preservation is concerned. As we work towards a culture where the default question is “Why not preserve?” as opposed to the current attitude of “Why preserve?”, it is encouraging to find publications like this. The DFW Real Estate Review would normally be expected to trumpet the the latest in new design and construction. In this edition, however, is a long and thoughtful examination of both the rising popularity of historic preservation and a serious discussion of the financial incentives that help to fuel this growth. I was honored and excited to be given an opportunity to contribute to this position.
NORMAN ALSTON architects
For the past 30 years, Norman Alston Architects has shown the possibilities that are available when important historic buildings and sites are thoughtfully preserved and equipped for modern, productive use. The firm has completed successful, award-winning restorations, renovations, and additions by demonstrating that preservation is economically advantageous, environmentally responsible and culturally invigorating. Our projects are often catalysts for redevelopment of the surrounding community. Successful projects range from important large structures in large urban areas to numerous small projects in rural communities where professional skills in historic preservation are often assumed to be unavailable.