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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.

Sir Bernard Melchior Feilden: Conservation of Historic Buildings, 1982