Historical house, which was built tens, hundreds, or thousands years ago, records the development of one civilization. As Graeme Shankland, a leading British architect, mentioned in his letter, “A country without a past has the emptiness of a barren continent; and a city without old buildings is like a man without a memory.” There is no doubt that history plays a significant role in our society. However, when facing the pressure from the contravention between the increase of modern development and the limitation of land, developers should make decision on the preservation or replacement. Some people argue that historical building should be kept unconditionally, while others insist that these places should be better used by the demand of modern purpose. In my opinion, certain decision should be made based on the measurement of the value of historical building. Considering that historical housing has great value of signification on history, education, and economic, I agree with the idea that historical house should be kept. My opinion is based on the following three reasons. First, historical building, to some extent, is considered as a symbol of the country. The Statue of Liberty is the symbol of New York; Big Ben is the symbol of London; Arc de Triumphal is the symbol of Paris; Imperial Palace is the symbol of Beijing; Pyramid is the symbol of Egypt. Historical buildings in different countries show different cultures and wisdoms of their ancestors. It is a synthesis of various aspects of society in the past period, including science, economics and even politics. And the excellent ancient architecture sometimes regards as the proud of that nation. Take the example of my own country, China, which is considered as one of oldest ancient civilizations in the world. The Great Wall, built about two thousand years ago, is the symbol of China. Chinese are so proud of its stability for thousands of years. It is compressed with the hardworking and...
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