First in a series of articles by the Mt. Lebanon Historic Preservation Board by brian morales and ronald block H Chinese ACupunCture & herbs Center becoming community stewards term economic viability. It behooves all of us who live in and love Mt. Lebanon to not only understand our community's historic character but also how that character translates to economic strength, and the tools available to manage that character." The good news is that most preservation work is about routine maintenance and knowing where to look for accurate information--both of which can avoid costly repairs down the road. Simple tasks like cleaning out roof gutters, oiling antique hardware and protecting exposed woodwork can add years to components that give a building a real sense of character. Major repairs or replacements are more challenging, which is why the historic preservation board will offer some helpful resources through articles in this magazine in the coming months. Our goal is to provide practical ways in which property owners can identify, maintain and preserve the qualities that we enjoy as a community. If you are considering an improvement to a house or building older than 50 years, it would probably help to spend a few minutes reading the Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings, www. nps.gov/hps/tps/tax/rhb/guide.htm. These guidelines were created by the U.S. Department of the Interior to help owners meet the Standards for Rehabilitation, established in 1977. The Guidelines offer helpful tips about technical aspects, but more important, they outline the hierarchy of priorities when it comes to working on older buildings. As a short summary, the top priorities are: Identify, retain and preserve historic characteristics Protectandmaintainthefeaturesthat Xuan Maggie Liu, L. ac, Cheng Charlie Yang, L. ac Licensed acupuncturists trained in china Pain management Women's Health Infertility Anxiety/Stress/Depression Allergies Facial Rejuvenation Insomnia Tendinitis/Bursitis Weight Control And MORE 412-563-3328 Mt. Lebanon ProfessionaL buiLding 20 Cedar bLvd. suite 301 Mt. Lebanon, Pa 15228 chineseacup_herbs@yahoo.com www.pittsburghacupuncture.com 22 mtl may 2009 istoric buildings are something just about everyone seems to appreciate. We are drawn to the sturdiness of the craftsmanship and the timeless presence of these structures. It is an easy thing to understand, considering so many of our memories are formed by the places we live, learn, work and relax. Our community is fortunate to have many older buildings dating back to the 1920s, and in some cases, much earlier. Precisely because these houses, businesses and institutions are irreplaceable is why it so important to preserve them as permanent examples of Mt. Lebanon's heritage. As good stewards of our society, we have a responsibility to see that these wonderful buildings are maintained and preserved so that future generations will be able to appreciate the craftsmanship and artistry that distinguishes Mt. Lebanon. The Mt. Lebanon Historic Preservation Board has taken on the challenge of involving residents and business owners in future preservation efforts, and for good reason. As Bill Callahan, chairman of the board points out, "Most of us understand that Mt. Lebanon's physical character--our historic architecture, streetscapes and landscapes--helps make our town the desirable place to live we all know. However, it is also important to note that Mt. Lebanon's historic character has a definite economic value. Aside from the people who live here (and perhaps our public schools), it may be that Mt. Lebanon's historic character is our greatest asset, our most powerful marketing and development tool and our most viable means to ensuring long-