What is Historic Preservation?

Cheekily referred to as “Forensic Architecture,” Historic Preservation is a key pillar of our mission here at the Ximenez-Fatio House. Through the support of The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in Florida (NSCDA-FL), we actively work to maintain the preservation of our historic home and the objects within. 

While its definition is ever-evolving, Historic Preservation is generally understood to be a collaborative effort across many disciplines — archaeology, architecture, archives, and more — with the mission of keeping the past alive through tangible objects. Houses, artifacts, and even landscapes can all be historically preserved. 

Enjoy this video from Herschel Shepard, a “forensic architect” (historic preservationist) who has launched many an investigation into the unique structure that is the Ximenez-Fatio House. Below, you can see a series of images taken during a major preservation project.