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Reconstruction is a term in architectural conservation whose precise meaning varies, depending on the context in which they are used.
More broadly, such as under the ICOMOS Burra Charter, "reconstruction" means returning a damaged building to a known earlier state by the introduction of new materials. It is related to the architectural concepts of restoration (repairing existing building fabric) and preservation (the prevention of further decay), wherein the most extensive form of reconstruction is creating a replica of a destroyed building.
More narrowly, such as under the Secretary of Interior's Standards in the United States, "reconstruction" is "the act or process of depicting, by means of new construction, the form, features, and detailing of a non-surviving site, landscape, building, structure, or object for the purpose of replicating its appearance at a specific period of time and in its historic location."
Reconstruction of buildings and structuresEdit
There may be several reasons for the construction of a building or creation of a replica building or structure.
Sometimes, it is the result of destruction of landmark monuments that is experienced as traumatic by inhabitants of the region, such as through war, planning errors and politically motivated destruction, other times, merely the result of natural disaster. Examples include Yongdingmen (former Peking city gate temporarily sacrificed to traffic considerations), St Mark's Campanile in Venice (collapsed in 1902), House of the Blackheads (Riga), Iberian Gate and Chapel and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow (destroyed by order of Joseph Stalin), Dresden Frauenkirche and Semperoper in Dresden (bombed at the end of World War II). A specifically well-known example is the rebuilding of the historic city center of Warsaw after 1945. The Old Town and the Royal Castle had been badly damaged already at the outset of World War II. It was systematically razed to the ground by German troops after the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. The reconstruction of Warsaw's historic center (e.g., St. John's Cathedral, St. Kazimierz Church, Ujazdów Castle) and, e.g., the replica of the Stari Most built in Mostar (Bosnia Herzegovina) have met with official approval by UNESCO.
Other times, reconstructions are made in the case of sites where the historic and cultural significance was not recognized until long after its destruction, common in North America, especially with respect to its early history. Examples include the reconstruction of Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, the rebuilding of numerous structures in Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, and Fort William Historical Park in Ontario, Canada.
Critics of reconstructed and replica buildings see them as a falsification of history and as the creation of a kind of "architectural ersatz". Most guidelines for reconstruction (such as the Burra and Venice charters) suggest that new construction be distinguishable from the original, and that reconstruction not be carried out if insufficient information exists to accurately re-create the building's former state.
- St Kilda Pavilion (2006)
- Cloth Hall, Ypres (after 1918)
- Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec (1923)
- Montreal Biosphère (1995)
- Ontario Legislative Building (1912)
- Saint-Joachim de Pointe-Claire Church (1885)
- Berlin City Palace
- Leibnizhaus, Hannover (1981)
- Falkenhaus, Würzburg
- Town Hall, Osnabrück
- St. Michael's Church, Hamburg
- Semperoper, Dresden
- Schloss Johannisburg, Aschaffenburg
- Dresden Cathedral
- Roman Limes
- Heilig-Geist-Spital, Nurnberg
- Hildesheim Cathedral
- Buddenbrookhaus, Lübeck
- Bauakademie, Berlin
- City Palace, Potsdam
- Münster Cathedral
- Butchers' Guild Hall, Hildesheim (1989)
- Old Castle (Stuttgart)
- Dresden Castle
- Dresden Cathedral
- Munich Residence
- Munich Frauenkirche
- Dom-Römer Project, Frankfurt am Main
- Saarbrücken, Ludwigskirche
- Babylon (1983)
- Abbey of Monte Cassino (1964)
- St Mark's Campanile, Venice (1912)
- Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, Rome (1840)
- Heijō Palace, Nara, Nara Prefecture.
- House of the Blackheads, Riga, Latvia
- Chapel of St. Anthony in Fort Manoel (2009)
- Chapel of St. Roche on St. Michael's Counterguard (2014)
- Wignacourt Arch (2015)
- Hurva Synagogue, Jerusalem (2010)
- Sigismund's Column, Warsaw
- St. Kazimierz Church, Warsaw (1947-1953)
- Green Gate, Gdańsk, Poland
- Warsaw Barbican (1952–1954)
- St. Alexander's Church, Warsaw (1949-1952)
- Holy Cross Church, Warsaw (1953)
- Bethlehem Chapel, Prague, Czech Republic (1953)
- Church of the Holy Spirit in Warsaw (1956)
- Malbork Castle (1960-1993)
- Royal Castle, Warsaw (1971-1974)
- St. Hyacinth's Church, Warsaw
- St. John's Archcathedral (Warsaw)
- St. Florian's Cathedral, Warsaw (1972)
- Königsberg Cathedral
- King's Gate (Kaliningrad)
- Kazan Cathedral, Moscow (1993)
- Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow (2000)
- Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields, England
- Butser Ancient Farm, England
- Globe Theatre, London
- Lunt Roman Fort, England
- Historic preservation
- Building restoration
- Anastylosis, the reconstruction of a ruined building using the original elements to the greatest degree possible
- New Classical Architecture, a movement in architecture that continues the practice of classical architecture to go along with reconstructions
- Ise Grand Shrine in Japan, (which is ceremonially rebuilt every 20 years)
- Ship replica
- ICOMOS Burra Charter
- Preservation Service of the United States National Park Service "Secretary of Interior's Standards for Reconstruction" Check
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