Valdosta leaders learn the importance of historic preservation

Valdosta leaders learn the importance of historic preservation

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) - The City of Valdosta is working hard to teach the community about the importance of historic preservation in South Georgia.

“These historic buildings are the face and the identity of the city of Valdosta," said James Horton, the Valdosta historic preservation expert.

Horton brought Bourke Reeve to the city to speak to community leaders about historic preservation.

“Really going to focus on the concept of preservation as a sustainable best practice. When we save historic buildings and reuse them, there’s an environmental benefit," said Reeve.

Reeve wants to raise awareness about the fact that these buildings can be useful and energy efficient, so he spoke about how to overcome some of the challenges with preserving pieces of history.

“They also are the holders of history as well because we have many generations that have lived and occupied and worked in these buildings," explained Horton.

Officials hope that everyone will understand the importance of this type of preservation.

“Once the buildings are torn down, you cannot buy the materials. You cannot construct it in the same ways that the historic building are constructed now," said Horton.

Horton said that they want to reinforce the notion that sometimes rehabilitation is better than rebuilding.

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