To many, the buildings of the 1950s and 1960s are aging eyesores in need of a facelift – or demolition. In reality, they are the new ground for preservation.
Structures built during this time period have long suffered from bad public relations. Many see them as too hard to repair. Ugly. Out of style. Not energy efficient – and not old enough to preserve. However, federal standards recognize postwar buildings— age 50 or older— as candidates for the National Register of Historic Places, and potentially for rehabilitation tax credits. It’s time to take a second look.