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Briefly, an historic building is one that gives us a sense of wonder and makes us want to know more about the people and culture that produced it. It has architectural, aesthetic, historic, documentary, archaeological, economic, social and even political and spiritual or symbolic values; but the first impact is always emotional, for it is a symbol of our cultural identity and continuity—a part of our heritage.
If it has survived the hazards of 100 years of usefulness, it has a good claim to being called historic.
From the first act of its creation, through its long life to the present day, an historic building has artistic and human ‘messages’ which will be revealed by a study of its history. A complexity of ideas and of cultures may be said to encircle an historic building and be reflected in it. Any historical study of such a building should include the client who commissioned it, together with his objectives which led to the commissioning of the project and an assessment of the success of its realization; the study should also deal with the political, social and economic aspects of the period in which the structure was built and should give the chronological sequence of events in the life of the building. The names and characters of the actual creators should be recorded, if known, and the aesthetic principles and concepts of composition and proportion relating to the building should be analysed …..