The ruins are often an overlooked topic in historic preservation. The typical method of treatment is either full restoration or demolition. However, some ruins have gained significance in their own right and this thesis explores appropriate treatment and recognition for these structures. Ruins typically represent a historical trend toward downsizing that would not be otherwise visible and are therefore eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places under criterion A, though criterion C may also be applicable as the aesthetics of ruins are often much admired and become the primary reason for local and even national interest in the site. Especially significant ruins can be stabilized to preserve them for future generations, though this changes the use of the site. Other ruins may be left to further deteriorate where appropriate, provided public safety is ensured.
Schoof, Sydney, "Preservation Without Restoration: The Case for Ruins" (2011). Historic Preservation Theses. 1.