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Preserving History
Here in America, our idea of history goes back only so far. That's particularly true in southern California, where "older" architecture is anything before about 1960 and very few structures date to a time before 1920.  But it's also the case for most of the rest of the country with reference to architecture:  We don't have the "ancient" structures that still set the tone and architectural vocabulary the way they do in Europe, Asia and other places. For those who prefer modern or contemporary styles, this lack of history may be irrelevant.  For those who feel an affinity to older styles, however, there's a tendency to cringe every time an older house is torn down to