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  • 29 Jul 2022 2:43 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    The NPT summer 2022 newsletter is hot off the press
    ... and available in cool, easy-to-read PDF format HERE.

    In this issue:

    - Crowds return to Preservation Week events following a two-year pandemic time-out. Preservation Week, NPT's public celebration of the city's architectural history and preservation, returned in-person in a big way on May 20-22, with standing-room-only presentations and tours for "The Mills of Newburyport: The Dream That Ran Out of Steam," which turned the spotlight on Newburyport's industrial history. (Read more in the newsletter.)

    - "If The House Could Talk" house history program once again featured at Yankee Homecoming July 30-Aug. 7. This popular do-it-yourself house history program has energized Newburyporters during Yankee Homecoming since 2016.  (Read more in the newsletter.)

    - Bank expansion plans approved after reconstituted Planning Board reverses its previous decision. On July 6, 2022 --- after more than two years of proposals, debate, citizen opposition, revision, decisions, reversals, and a bullying court challenge aimed at dismantling the city's pro-preservation zoning laws --- the city's Planning Board voted 6-2 to approve the Institution for Savings expansion plans on Prospect Street.  (Read more in the newsletter.)

    - "If This Block Could Talk"? What a marvelous idea! The block at Prospect & Otis Streets certainly has a lot to say, and it needs to be heard. But what might other similarly bullied blocks have to say if they had a voice?  (Read more in the newsletter.)

    - "NBPT@3mph" articles are now on Facebook. The latest articles based on NPT research for the Historic House Plaque Program are now on Facebook. (Read more in the newsletter.)

    - Newburyport now has something in common with Paris! You already know that Newburyport is cool. But now we've got something in common with an internationally cool city! (Read more in the newsletter.)

    - NPT's Powder House Park & Learning Center open for tours Sat., July 30. Visit the Powder House at 57 Low Street at 1-3 p.m. on opening day of Yankee Homecoming. You can enjoy a tour and then watch the Acton Minutemen go through their paces. (Read more in the newsletter.)

  • 22 May 2022 10:18 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    PRESERVATION WEEK 2022:
    BACK IN PERSON ... AND A ROUSING SUCCESS

    Thanks to all who attended Preservation Week 2022 events ... finally back in-person this year after a two-year pandemic time-out. This year's Preservation Week theme, "The Mills of Newburyport The Dream That Ran Out of Steam," focused on the city's industrial buildings, past and present. The May 20-22 activities featured the context-rich illustrated lecture at the Custom House Maritime Museum (full house sold out!), two guided outdoor walking tours (standing room only!), and two self-guided tours. The programs celebrated the adaptation of our old-but-still-robust mill buildings for new uses. To fully enjoy and scrutinize the photos, maps, diagrams, and pithy insights of the keynote illustrated lecture by R.W. Bacon, click here. (A complete video of the presentation may be forthcoming.)


  • 02 May 2022 1:38 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    The NPT spring 2022 newsletter is hot off the press
    ... and available in cool, easy-to-read PDF format HERE.

    In this issue:

    - PRESERVATION WEEK IS BACK! Preservation Week, NPT's annual public celebration of the city's architectural history and preservation, is back this year on May 20-22 after a two-year pandemic time-out.

    This year's theme, "The Mills of Newburyport: The Dream That Ran Out of Steam," turns the spotlight on Newburyport's industrial history. Read all about it, check out the full schedule, mark your calendar ... and then register for your free seats at the context-rich illustrated keynote presentation at the Custom House Maritime Museum 7 p.m. Friday, May 20. (Or skip all that pesky reading and go straight to Eventbrite for your Friday Night FREE SEATS at miilsofnewburyport.eventbrite.com.

    - City Council votes to send bank expansion plan back to the Planning Board for reconsideration. At this writing, the new Planning Board hearings --- on the same oversized plan denied and appealed by the Institution for Savings in state Land Court --- are not yet scheduled.  (Read more in the newsletter.)

    - Newburyport Preservation Trust Board receives Asset Builder Award. Ten present and former NPT board members were among the recipients of the 2022 Asset Builder Awards from the city's Department of Youth Services, in appreciation of NPTs encouragement of its Next Generation Preservationist interns.  (Read more in the newsletter.)

    - Architectural tour of Temple Ahavas Achim at 125th Anniversary Open House on May 5. Temple Ahavas Achim, celebrating its 125th year as a congregation, will offer a guided architectural tour of its historic Washington Street building on Sunday, May 15, 4-6 p.m.  (Read more in the newsletter.)

    - Wanted: Passion, vision, & energy. The Newburyport Preservation Trust has openings for new board members passionate about the preservation of Newburyport's authentic period architecture, heritage landscapes, and historic ambiance. (Read more in the newsletter.)

  • 08 Feb 2022 5:08 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    The NPT winter 2022 newsletter is hot off the press

    ... and available in cool, easy-to-read PDF format HERE.

    In this issue:

    - Deteriorating Fowle's sign has become a symbol ... But a symbol of what? City Planning Board to consider restaurateur's plans for windows and sign at public hearing February 16.

    - NPT Annual Meeting scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. Zoom in with fellow members and get the lowdown on NPT activities and accomplishments of 2021 ... and  the hopes and plans for 2022.

    - Preservation advocacy notes: Tiny tidbits of tentative good news. Two long-continued proposals before the city's Zoning Board of Appeals that threatened the integrity of contributing structures within the city's National Register Historic District were withdrawn. The tentative victories were attributable in varying degree to neighborhood unity, impassioned public testimony, and supportive participation by NPT. 

    - W. L. Garrison Lecture addressed the imperative of facing up to the legacy of white supremacy. Once again NPT was a proud sponsor of the William Lloyd Garrison Lecture, presented Dec. 10, 2021 at Old South Church. Edward Carson, Dean of Multicultural Education at The Governor's Academy in Newbury, Mass. delivered "The Gospel According to Garrison: Anti-Racism and the American Truth."

    - Preservation Week 2022? It's a definite "maybe." The NPT board is considering a Preservation Week this year consisting of outdoor walking tours based on our deferred topic of Newburyport's 19th-century mill buildings.


  • 17 Nov 2021 9:20 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    The NPT fall 2021 newsletter is hot off the press

    ... and available in cool, easy-to-read PDF format HERE.

    In this issue:

    - Historic House Buyer's Guide informs new homeowner-stewards. NPT's new guide is an information-packed brochure prepared especially for those exploring the purchase of an older home in Newburyport.

    - Advocacy update: Long-simmering cases still demand NPT's pro-preservation stance. Preservation advocacy before city boards is nobody's idea of fun, but despite "battle fatigue," the commitment to preservation values and the common public interest sustains energy among a few.

    - Historic House Plaque Program: A steady flow of new participants ... and a new interactive map. The program continues to grow. Check out the new interactive map --- you can now scroll, scale, sort, and read plaque text for all the properties in the program to date.

    - Annual William Lloyd Garrison Lecture is December 10. "The Gospel According to Garrison: Anti-Racism and the American Truth" will be presented by Edward Carson, Dean of Multicultural Education at The Governor's Academy in Newbury on Dec. 10, 7 p.m., at Old South Church, 29 Federal St., Newburyport. The event will also be simulcast via YouTube.

    - Massachusetts Preservation Conference. One online conference presentation included a reference to Rev. George Whitefield, a revered historical character in Newburyport.

    Words not necessary. A fall scene on Winter Street.


  • 17 Nov 2021 9:08 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    NPT's Historic House Buyer's Guide

    NPT’s new Historic House Buyer’s Guide is an information-packed brochure prepared especially for those exploring the purchase of an older home in Newburyport.

    The concisely presented content includes (1) a guide to period styles; (2) how to recognize evidence of quality craftsmanship; (3) what details to look for ... and care for ... and why; (4) how preservation adds value to a home in Newburyport; and (5) NPT preservation resources and consultations.

    Conceived by NPT member/volunteer Jack Santos and crafted to final form with NPT board input and assistance, the hope is that this introductory brochure will help prospective owners of an older home in Newburyport understand the value of preservation and responsible stewardship.

    While the brochure will be useful for real estate professionals and their clients, and will reach prospective homebuyers at an assortment of public locations, a handy PDF file with the same brochure content deployed on three standard-size pages – printable, downloadable, and suitable for email sharing – is available at the Historic House Buyer’s Guide page at the NPT website.

    By the way, as noted on the brochure: “Historic” = Antique, vintage, period, or just plain “old” homes endowed with imbedded natural resources, craftsmanship, and presence!


  • 31 Jul 2019 11:30 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    The HABS and the 'HABs NOTS':
    Documenting the Architecture of Newburyport
    in the Historic American Buildings Survey
    by R.W. Bacon
    8.5 x 11.0 casebound; 160 pages;
    ISBN: 978-0-9977528-1-6; LOC: 2016920943

    "The newest must-have book on Newburyport architecture."
    - Northshore Magazine

    The HABS and the HABs Nots takes a look back at the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), the federal program that advanced historic preservation in the 1930s. For viewing pleasure, the book presents the crisp analog photos and elegant measured drawings for surveys conducted in Newburyport, Mass., a small coastal city known widely for the riches of its authentic 18th- and 19th-century domestic architecture.

    The "HABs Nots" Gallery then takes a look at the future of preservation in the once down-and-out but rejuvenated port city. The city's smaller-footprint historic homes, never the subject of the HABS-like attention lavished upon Georgian and Federal-style showplaces, fill the city's 750-acre National Register Historic District and contribute to its ambiance. Yet their authenticity is at the greatest risk of being lost to the "march of progress."

    For additional context, the book includes chapters on the economic history of Newburyport; the origin of the HABS program; and the earlier efforts at documentation. Also included is an illustrated guide to 300 years of house styles in Newburyport, plus a bibliography-by-topic for history enthusiasts and preservation advocates.

    The book garnered publishing industry recognition as the recipient of the 2017 Book Award for Informational Nonfiction from the Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE).

    See and read sample pages here, including the front and back cover, table of contents, introduction, a typical HABS two-page spread, and the rationale for the "HABs Nots" Gallery that celebrates Newburyport's modest-sized historic homes.

    This award-winning book is available for online purchase ($35 includes shipping) from (1) the Newburyport Preservation Trust, (2)  directly from the publisher ($35 includes shipping), Variety Arts Press, and (3) at slightly additional cost, from Amazon.com.

    About the author: Reginald W. Bacon is a museum and history professional with specialties in 17th- and 18th-century New England architecture and domestic life – and early 20th-century vaudeville and circus. His first career as a journalist, editor, and designer informs his current work in the museum field. A 35-year career as a touring professional acrobatic juggler and jazz/ragtime musician informed his performing arts research. He is the author of ten books on under-the-radar history, performing arts, and editorial/graphics topics. In a "busman's holiday" sort of way, he serves on the board of directors of several history and preservation organizations, including on the "working board" of the Newburyport Preservation Trust.


  • 31 Jul 2019 11:15 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    This news item is always current: Newburyport residents can monitor the pulse of preservation at meetings of the city's Historical Commission, City Council, Zoning Board of Appeals, and other boards and committees.

    The Newburyport Historical Commission meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, City Hall, 60 Pleasant Street, Newburyport.

    The Newburyport Zoning Board of Appeals meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, City Hall, 60 Pleasant Street, Newburyport.

    Confirm specific meeting dates and times for the City Council and other boards at the city's online meeting calendar.

  • 31 Jul 2019 11:15 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    A Measure of Change (1975) by Lawrence Rosenblum is a must-see eye-opener for every new arrival to Newburyport, and for those who may have forgotten the 1960s-70s. In just 29 minutes, the video documentary examines the landmark decision to use historic preservation principles for the first time in federal HUD urban renewal projects. Because of its relevance to multiple preservation topics, links to this video can be found in several places on the NPT web site, including the Preservation Resources & Links page. Or, you can go directly to the video here.

  • 31 Jul 2019 11:10 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    Visit the Newburyport Preservation Trust on Facebook! For the most up-to-date NPT news, members and website users are urged to visit and multiply.

    While the NPT website is a massive compilation of valuable content, our Facebook page promises wider and more immediate contact for our "calls to action" and preservation advocacy efforts. The very nature of Facebook, with contacts multiplying faster than rabbits, boosts the profile of NPT in Newburyport and beyond.

    To visit the public Facebook page and click your lasting affection, here is the link: www.facebook.com/newburyportpreservationtrust. Make sure to visit often to keep up with the latest developments on the preservation front.

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