By David Wessel, Principal
When I attended the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) conference last fall in Charleston, South Carolina, I was amazed by the city’s historic architecture. Charleston is renowned for gracious homes and its place at the vanguard of the historic preservation movement, but I was still taken aback by the sheer number of historic buildings, their beautiful condition, and the way that the built environment of Charleston contributes to an incredibly strong sense of place. I was also amazed by the sensational job the local preservation community is doing in the city—not only preserving, but marketing their historic architecture. As Board President of San Francisco Architectural Heritage, I can tell you I was taking a lot of notes. There are things our city by the bay could learn.