[Tagging] Building names, historical/original owner?

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Sat Dec 15 01:26:38 UTC 2018

I'd put it in OHM rather than OSM. OHM could develop tools that would 
allow scrolling through dates to 'see' things as they were.

On 15/12/18 02:34, Adam Franco 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= <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key: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 <http://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" <https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/378028294>  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= 
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:description>` tag, `alt_name= 
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:alt_name>`, or some other tag?
> Thanks for any insight you can provide.
> Adam
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