May 08, 2023

Season 2 Episode 12

Historic Preservation


sara bronin

Preserving elements of our history all while continuing to address the needs of the future is a tricky endeavor for planners. We don’t always get it right but strive to achieve a good balance. The Honorable Sara Bronin is the current Chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and a professor at Cornell University. Her efforts are helping shed more light on the ways we can ensure we don’t forget our past by addressing historic sites, buildings, and more.


On Historic Preservation


Sara C. Bronin was confirmed by unanimous consent by the United States Senate in December 2022 to serve as the 12th chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. A Mexican American, she is the first person of color to serve in this position. Chair Bronin is on leave from her tenured position at Cornell University, where she serves as Professor in the College of Architecture Art & Planning, Professor in the Rubacha Department of Real Estate, an Associate Faculty Member of the Law School, and a member of the Graduate Faculty in the Field of Architecture. Chair Bronin received a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.Sc. in Economic and Social History from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and received a B.Arch. and B.A. in the Plan II Liberal Arts Honors Program from the University of Texas at Austin.

Enjoy free downloads of all of Sara’s journal articles, including those on historic preservation, zoning, and land use. 
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THE podcast


Most distilleries were wiped out with Prohibition, which makes the distilling facilities that survived even more special. That’s why we went with Woodford Reserve for this episode about historic preservation. Distilling has occurred on their site since 1812, earning it  designation as a National Historic Landmark and a place on the National Register of Historic Places. 

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