The Statewide Advocate for Rhode Island's Historic Places
Approaching Common Challenges
Demolition by Neglect
Demolition by neglect is typically defined as the process by which property owners actively avoid maintaining their historic properties, allowing them to increasingly deteriorate due to proactive neglect.
Historic properties owned by generations of one family can be some of the most challenging but rewarding types of resources to work to preserve. Deciding about the future of what are often cherished properties is sometimes referred to “succession” planning, and the effort can involve many members of a family, extended family, attorneys, accountants, and others who can advise on the options available to property owners.
In the past two decades, the situation facing some historic sites has become dire. Historic house museum stewards usually face difficult decisions when it comes to planning for the long-term preservation of their historic buildings.
Projects on historic buildings are unique to each property and location, but one constant is the need for expert help to ensure a successful result, especially for larger and more complicated projects.