|Just as trees are part of our natural environment,
Victorian buildings are part of our cultural environment. A Victorian,
recognized for its architecture or history, is entitled to certain
A Victorian has the right to survive, unless preservationists agree that it is not worth saving.
A Victorian has the right to retain its original facade.
A Victorian interior has the right to survive without alteration except for the addition of such modern amenities as kitchen and bathroom fixtures, heating, electricity, and other changes that meet building-code requirements. Such changes will be made with minimum alterations to the building and with the goal of preserving the architectural integrity of the building.
A Victorian has the right not to be stripped of its original woodwork, stained glass, and fixtures. If original woodwork or fixtures are removed, the owner is obligated to document them and store them in the building in good condition and pass them on to new owners as part of the deed, to permit restoration in the future.
A Victorian has the right to complete documentation, illustrated when possible with photographs and video, of its history and the alterations done to the building. An owner is obligated to keep the history up to date. When the building is sold, the seller is obligated to give a copy of the documentation to the next owner as part of the deed to the building.
A Victorian has the right to be maintained inside and out with the same love and pride with which it was built.
A Victorian has the right to be used for whatever purpose will require the least alteration and enable it to be maintained in the best condition.
A Victorian has the right to remain on its original site. If a Victorian cannot remain on its original site, it has the right to be moved to a site as close in location and character as possible to its original site.
A Victorian has the right to retain its visual context. If a new
building is to be added near a Victorian, the new
A Victorian has the right to have its value understood and appreciated by the community. This can be accomplished if individuals, business and nonprofit organizations, and all levels of government will strive to:
These rights are to be protected with a spirit of community, a sense of fairness, and a recognition of personal rights along with the need to balance them against the enduring value of the community's architectural heritage. Preservation is only possible with the continuing passionate assistance of those who care about making what is of enduring value from the past a gift from the present to the future.