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.
About the Author
Andrea Donovan is Assistant Professor at Minot State University, USA.
Table of Contents
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