There is no question that historic home tours serve history and architecture buffs. But what about remodeling contractors? How are these tours relevant to a builder that repurposes homes to the needs of today’s home dwellers? After all, while home remodelers may honor traditions past, they also embrace change and innovation when it makes sense for their clients. Remodelers do not usually work wearing archivist’s gloves.
Here are 4 ways that tours like this should be valued by remodelers:
- Shaping our built heritage.
- Innovation does not occur in a vacuum.
- Modernism as a blueprint.
- Preserving built heritage.
Historic home tours celebrate our architectural and built heritage. Remodeling contractors engage with that heritage every day and, in fact, become part of it as they shape and mold the built environment. Kind of sobering, actually. We should pay homage to the history and traditions that have created the communities that we are reshaping today.
Contemporary artists study the classics. Jazz innovators immerse themselves in Coltrane. Why? Context matters and innovation is informed by tradition. As builders and artists we embrace that duality. Whether you love traditional, modern, Arts and Crafts, Northwest Style, or all of the above, any chance to see style exemplars is not to be missed.
Good historic home tours recognize modern architecture as an important piece of our heritage. Architectural Heritage Center’s recent Heritage Home Tour, for example, featured two modernist homes in Portland, Oregon, one from the mid-century and another Pietro Belluschi home from the 80s. While decades old, the modernist principles of design simplicity and focus on function are powerful guides for remodel work and building innovations today.
Historic and architectural preservation groups work on shoestring budgets to sustain period homes and buildings and promote their reuse for current and future generations. That mission is closely aligned with the interests of remodelers and deserves their support. Attending, or even sponsoring, historic home tours is a great way to do this.
So whether you are an architectural aficionado, historian or a remodeler, get out there and support your local architectural preservation group. The future of your city’s built heritage may depend on it.
Rating: 5 out of 5