[Tagging] Building names, historical/original owner?

Jmapb jmapb at gmx.com
Fri Dec 14 16:44:45 UTC 2018

On 12/14/2018 11:20 AM, Eugene Alvin Villar wrote:

> On Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 11:36 PM Adam Franco <adamfranco at gmail.com 
> <mailto:adamfranco at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     What are folks thoughts about these historical-owner building
>     names when they aren't well-known? Should they go in a
>     `description=
>     <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:description>` tag,
>     `alt_name= <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:alt_name>`, or
>     some other tag?
> If there is only a single old name and it is different from the 
> current name, we have the established tag old_name=* as explained 
> here: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:old_name
> This wiki page also suggests other formats like old_name:1921-1932=* 
> if the name is valid in a particular period.

IMO it's fine to use old_name=* even without name=* -- to record the 
fact that it used to be known as the Johnson House, but there's no 
current name in common use. J

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