The historic structures that define our built environment are important to us. They are the homes that sheltered us in our childhood innocence as we grew up. They are the academic institutions that framed our growing understanding of the world. They wore the architecture we gazed at while walking the streets we learned to spread our wings in. They are the places we take our children to ground them in the roots they grew from. They are the the gathering places and community halls we all come home to that contain the laughter, companionship, and camaraderie that knit a community together in a strong sense of place. We aren’t just preserving buildings, we’re preserving our places.