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  • 13 Feb 2018 2:38 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    The NPT winter 2018 newsletter is hot off the press ...and available in cool, easy-to-read PDF format HERE.

    In this issue:

    - A recap of 2017 accomplishments and activities,

    - A brief preview of Preservation Week 2018, "Newburyport Parks: Past, Present, & Future",

    - A preview of the "Documenting Historic Structures" program on March 15, 2018,

    - A call for volunteers and prospective board members,

    Happy reading ... and feel free to share your newsletter with interested folks and prospective NPT members.
  • 09 Feb 2018 2:29 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    You're invited to the NPT Annual Meeting,
    Sunday, February 18, 4 p.m.
    at the Courtyard (Ocean Mills "Mill No. 2" Bldg.)

    Join us for the NPT Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 18, 4 p.m., at the Courtyard (Ocean Mills "Mill No. 2" building) in Newburyport. It's the perfect excuse to come out of hibernation. Park at the Cushing Park lot (at Kent & Washington Sts.), then look for the NPT sign and greeter at the Kent St. driveway to the "courtyard" of the former mill complex. A brief business meeting and report on 2017 activities will be complemented by food, conviviality, and refreshments. Attendees can also join a brief guided tour of the 1880 mill building, which was developed into condominiums in 1996. See you there!

  • 06 Feb 2018 10:50 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    Free program Thursday, February 15, 2018:

    "1970s Revisited: Would You Buy This House?"
    ... with presenter Linda Miller

    The Newburyport Preservation Trust presents an instructive look back in time with “1970s Revisited: Would You Buy This House?” on Feb. 15 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water St., Newburyport. The presentation is free and open to the public. Seating for the free public program is limited. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

    The latest in the Trust's winter series of informative preservation sessions, this program takes an in-depth "warts and all" look at a homeowner's 1970s effort to make a livable home in a run-down 1750 Newburyport house --- without ruining its character or charm. That intrepid 1970s homeowner is the session's presenter, local architect and current Newburyport Preservation Trust co-president, Linda Miller.

    The presentation recounts a process replete with good and bad design decisions, ignorance of correct restoration techniques, a huge learning curve, with many lessons learned and many new skills acquired, and some neighbors who thought she was out of her mind. Photos documenting the project afford a peek at the styles of the 1970s, some that are now desirably "retro," and some that are now quite humorous.

    Program presenter Linda Miller graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (B.A., architecture) in 1971 and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 (M.A., architecture). She moved to Newburyport in 1975, appreciating the city's historic architecture, and worked for many years in the architectural field before forming her own firm specializing in the restoration and remodeling of older buildings. She founded the Newburyport Preservation Trust in 2004 to raise awareness of the unique yet perishable heritage of the community’s residential and commercial structures.

    The Newburyport Preservation Trust ( NPT) is a non-profit membership organization that brings together people who value the preservation of Newburyport's period architecture, neighborhood ambiance, heritage landscapes, and authentic historic character. NPT educates, informs, and advocates through its programs, projects, publications, and presence.

  • 24 Nov 2017 10:00 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

    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.

  • 20 Nov 2017 11:00 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    The fall 2017 NPT Newsletter is hot off the press ...

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

    In this issue:

    - City Council approves two zoning changes that aim to preserve the integrity of the city's historic neighborhoods.

    - Preservation restrictions for "1690 House" and Towle Building move forward.

    - City zoning enforcement officer moves to full-time status in January.

    - Newburyport architecture book receives 2017 IPNE Book Award for informational nonfiction.

    - NPT is front-and-center in symposium presentation at Architecture Boston Expo.

    Happy reading ... and feel free to share your newsletter with interested folks and prospective NPT members.

  • 10 Jul 2016 10:48 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)
    Wipe off the frown ... and replace it with "Amazon Smile"!

    Do you buy stuff on Of course you do! Even if you don't shop there for all your thingamajigs and watchamacallits, you surely go to for access to scholarly tomes, obscure literature, and hard-to-find recordings.

    Now, when you shop at, make sure to sign in through the "Amazon Smile" program, and a whopping 0.5% of your purchase price will go to support the Newburyport Preservation Trust! Don't laugh --- it all adds up! So the next time you browse, wipe off the frown and click on this link to Amazon Smile.

    Better yet, copy the link to your desktop for even faster and easier access!

  • 25 Jun 2016 8:22 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    "Researching Your Historic Home" available online

    The June 25 presentation at the Newburyport Public Library, "Researching Your Historic Home," is now viewable and downloadable here in PDF format. Presenter Linda Tulley, a professional house researcher, made the 29-slide PDF file available to the Newburyport Preservation Trust as part of its Do It Ye Self series. The Newburyport Presevation Trust is among the sponsors of the Yankee Homecoming week event, "If This House Could Talk" (July 30 - August 6), and the house research presentation can help participants discover interesting facts for their homes to mutter, shout, or jabber (figuratively, of course) during that event.

  • 01 Jan 2016 8:00 PM | 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.

  • 22 Nov 2015 11:54 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: Make sure to visit often to keep up with the latest developments on the preservation front.

  • 01 Jan 2014 10:00 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.

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