Conservation and restoration of immovable cultural property

Conservation and restoration of immovable cultural property describes the process through which the material, historical, and design integrity of any immovable cultural property are prolonged through carefully planned interventions. The individual engaged in this pursuit is known as an architectural conservator-restorer. Decisions of when and how to engage in an intervention are critical to the ultimate conservation-restoration of cultural heritage. Ultimately, the decision is value based: a combination of artistic, contextual, and informational values is normally considered. In some cases, a decision to not intervene may be the most appropriate choice.

St Paul's Cathedral, London, clad for refurbishment — in this case, cleaning the exterior.
Revision and conservation of Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc (Czech Republic) in 2006.

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