Many of our churches are in need of restoration (CN, March 10). Catholic News approached architect Rudylynn De Four Roberts, a member of Citizens for Conservation, for her thoughts.
Our old buildings are the visual representation of our history. They are history we can feel, touch and experience completely. They teach us about the crafts and skills of our ancestors, and about the development, structure, and functioning of human society.
By studying our heritage structures, we also learn about the innovations in science and construction technology over the years. We can judge the age of a structure from the construction detailing used. The way brick and stone are treated, types of saw marks on wood and stone and various types of joinery details, all tell a story.