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  • 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 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.


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

    Now, when you shop at Amazon.com, 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 Amazon.com, 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: www.facebook.com/newburyportpreservationtrust. 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.

  • 29 Oct 2012 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    Walk Newburyport.If you don’t yet own a copy of NPT’s informative guide to the city’s architecture published in 2011, which includes three self-guided walking tours, you can now order it online directly from our web site's Donate & Shop page.

    Walk Newburyport: Three Self-Guided Residential Walking Tours, With an Overview of Common Styles, Local History, and Significant Public Buildings is sure to lead you to new discoveries of architectural gems, all within a short distance from downtown. Prepared by local architects, writers, and designers – all members of NPT – the book includes an introduction to the periods and styles of domestic architecture in Newburyport, a glossary of terms, and historical sidebars in addition to the walking tours. Walk Newburyport is a must-have for residents who want to learn more about the buildings that give Newburyport its special character, and a must-have for those who enjoy introducing Newburyport to their guests. Order yours today – one for yourself and one for your guest room! It's Only $10 postpaid, and you can order it online directly from our web site's  Donate & Shop page. You can also purchase Walk Newburyport locally at the Book Rack, Fowle’s, Jabberwocky, the Cushing House Museum, or Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm.

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