[Tagging] Building names, historical/original owner?

Allan Mustard allan at mustard.net
Fri Dec 14 15:48:18 UTC 2018

I would suggest

name:<start year><end year>=*


name:1887-1960=Osborne House

Same as for old names of streets.

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> On Dec 14, 2018, at 10:34 AM, Adam Franco <adamfranco at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have a question about `name=` and variants of names. I've been reading a lot of local history and in the architecture/history world, houses are generally named for the first resident that they were built for. E.g. "Johnson house" and are referred to in this way even after many generations of new owners. After adding a few of these names to the `name=` tag I realized that this might be problematic as `name=` seems to be given higher rendering priority than house number (at least on openstreetmap.org and Maps.me), potentially causing wayfinding confusion as addresses disappear and long-dead owners names start popping up.
> For some of these buildings they are commonly referred to by the public using this historical-owner name. For example the "Osborne house"  in my town was referred to as such in public meetings and newspapers several years ago when it was picked up and moved. It now has a new address as a result of this move.
> In many other cases buildings are locally referred to by their current address or current occupant. Especially in the case of a building taken up by a single business, locals will simply refer to the building as the "<name of business> building".  The historical-owner name is still valid and interesting for cross-referencing historical materials, but it likely isn't well known and in many cases and wouldn't be useful for wayfinding as it would not be found on signage.
> What are folks thoughts about these historical-owner building names when they aren't well-known? Should they go in a `description=` tag, `alt_name=`, or some other tag?
> Thanks for any insight you can provide.
> Adam
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