Preservation Is…

Count its stones as you would jewels of a crown; set watches about it as if at the gates of a besieged city; bind it together with iron where it loosens; stay it with timber where it declines; do not care about the unsightliness of the aid: better a crutch than a lost limb; and do this tenderly, and reverently, and continually, and many a generation will still be born and pass away beneath its shadow.

John Ruskin, art critic, social thinker, historic preservationist

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John Ruskin (1819-1900) – Lucca: Tower of the Guinigi Palace , 1845, Watercolor. (Source: janpadora-box)

from The Seven Lamps of Architecture (1849)

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