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Feature Publication:

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 wide-ranging federal program that advanced historic preservation throughout the U.S. in the 1930s. For viewing pleasure, the large-format casebound volume presents the crisp analog photos and elegant measured drawings for the surveys conducted in Newburyport, Mass., the small coastal city north of Boston 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 its 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 and evolution of the HABS program; and other notable efforts to document Newburyport architecture both before and after the HABS surveys. 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.

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The book garnered publishing industry recognition as the recipient of the 2017 Book Award for Informational Nonfiction from 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.

For online purchase via Paypal ($35 includes shipping), use the “Donation Form” at the bottom of this web page. Or … if you choose not to order online, you can print out our handy order form and make your purchase by check sent by postal mail.

The book is also available for online purchase directly from the publisher Variety Arts Press ($35 includes shipping), and 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.

Feature Publication:

Walk Newburyport: Three Self-Guided Residential Walking Tours, With an Overview of Common Styles, Local History, and Significant Public Buildings

Walk Newburyport 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 architecture in Newburyport, a glossary of terms, and historical sidebars in addition to the 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 guests. Order yours today – one for yourself and one for your guest room.

Only $12 postpaid … Order online using the form below

Or … if you choose not to order online, you can print out our handy order form and make your purchase by mail. You can also purchase Walk Newburyport you’re your favorite local bookseller.

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When you make your tax-deductible donation to the Newburyport Preservation Trust, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that your dollars are working to ensure that the city’s remarkable historic character is preserved and extended into the future to enrich the lives of generations to come. Make your mark on Newburyport’s future by donating today. Secure online donations accepted here via Paypal.