The setting and the stage: A chronicle of three American cities requesting World Heritage designation

Fleming, Ronald Lee (2005) The setting and the stage: A chronicle of three American cities requesting World Heritage designation. In: 15th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Monuments and sites in their setting - conserving cultural heritage in changing townscapes and landscapes’, 17 – 21 oct 2005, Xi'an, China. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

This is a “tale of three cities:” Annapolis, Newport, and Savannah, early colonial capitals that have preservation protection systems of varied complexity and fragility. They have settings which are sometimes compromised by inappropriate tourist facilities, out of scale waterfront development, loss of “working” waterfront businesses and homogenizing corporate franchises which threaten the distinctive character at the urban edges. This paper examines the impact and problems with design review systems in the historic districts, comparative strategies for interpretation of the cityscape, and new “place making” urban design opportunities. It is based on a thirty-five year period of observation and represents a measured look at civic achievements and failures over that period.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Fleming, Ronald Lee
Languages: English
Keywords: towns; setting; town planning; legal protection; World Heritage
Subjects: M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 03. World Heritage List
D.URBANISM > 02. Urban planning
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 12. Historic towns and villages
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Annapolis, USA; Newport, USA; Savannah, USA
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2005, 15th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2010 18:48
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:14
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6. Toledano, Roulhac, The National Trust Guide to Savannah: Architectural and Cultural Treasures, Preservation Press, John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 1997

7. A Guide to Domestic and Commercial Architectural Styles in Annapolis, Historic Annapolis, 1975

8. Architectural Styles in Annapolis, Historic Annapolis, 1975.

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