Preservation Week 2017 is May 16-21

18 Apr 2017 4:15 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

Preservation Week 2017:
Newburyport in the Historic American Buildings Survey
Tuesday - Sunday, May 16-21, 2017

Preservation Week, the annual spring celebration of the city's historical and architectural preservation, is set for May 16-21, with a lineup of tours, presentations, exhibitions, awards, and social events. With the exception of one evening fund-raiser, all events are free.

Since 2007 the preservation-themed festivities have been organized and presented by the all-volunteer non-profit Newburyport Preservation Trust.

This year's theme, "Newburyport in the Historic American Buildings Survey," takes a look back at the federal HABS program that advanced historic preservation throughout the U.S. in the 1930s, and whose survey teams were active in Newburyport. The complete schedule of events is listed on the dedicated Preservation Week page ... and in your collectible Preservation Week 2017 poster/flyer available in PDF format here.

Highlights include the debut of a new book, The HABS and the 'HABs Nots', on the documentation of Newburyport architecture; two exhibitions related to the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) at the Custom House Maritime Museum and the Museum of Old Newbury; Sash Revival Day with Window Woman of New England; an evening fund-rasing event and tour at Newburyport's 1825 "Old Gaol"; and the presentation of the Newburyport Preservation Trust's annual Preservation Awards.

Online registration is open now for "An Evening in Gaol" on Friday, May 19, 2017, 6-8 p.m. This event presents the rare opportunity to visit Newburyport's old granite jail in use from 1825 to 1912. Privately owned since 1923, it is rarely open to visitors. Architect Charles Griffin and his wife, Gillian, have owned and restored the property since 1987, and both will be on hand to talk about its history. Complimentary food, wine, beer, and water will be served as visitors enjoy the surroundings and the music of guitarist John Tavano. Pre-registration and ticket purchase are required via the NPT website. Admission is $50.00 per person for NPT members, and $60.00 per person for non-members. All proceeds benefit the Newburyport Preservation Trust.

Preservation Week is an annual community-wide event sponsored by the Newburyport Preservation Trust to celebrate the city's unique architectural legacy. The Newburyport Preservation Trust is a membership organization that brings together people who value the preservation of Newburyport's period architecture, neighborhood ambiance, heritage landscapes,  and authentic historic character. The all-volunteer organization educates, informs, and advocates through its programs, projects, publications, and presence, and is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.


In conjunction with Preservation Week 2017 is the publication of The HABS and the 'HABs Nots': Documenting Newburyport Architecture in the Historic American Buildings Survey, by R.W. Bacon. This new large-format hard-bound volume presents the crisp analog photos and elegant measured drawings for the surveys conducted in Newburyport in decades gone by, and also takes a look at the future of preservation in the once struggling but now rejuvenated port city. Read more about the book here(This book will be available for purchase at Preservation Week events. For online purchase via Paypal, go to the "Donate & Shop" page.)

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