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  • 24 Apr 2014 10:05 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    Spring NPT Newsletter now online. The spring 2014 quarterly newsletter of the Newburyport Preservation Trust has been e-mailed to members, and is also available to read online here. This issue comes a bit later than usual, but for good reason. We wanted to wait until we could announce the good news about passage of the two pro-preservation zoning ordinances by the Newburyport City Council on April 15.

    To NPT members and friends who attended meetings, spoke at public hearings, sent letters and e-mails, and otherwise supported NPT: Give yourself a pat on the back for your contribution to the preservation of Newburyport's historic architecture and neighborhood streetscapes!

    In this issue:
    - Preservation zoning laws passed!
    - Preservation Week 2014 coming up May 14-18
    - Powder House report headed for Library of Congress
    - Sneak preview of NPT Historic House Signs project
    - This issue's Words Not Necessary feature

  • 14 Apr 2014 12:23 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    Preservation Week May 14-18 2014

    Our 8th annual Preservation Week features five days of activities for all ages and interests. Events are open to the public and many are free. The theme in 2014 is one of multiple anniversary celebration, so get those party hats-and-horns ready. The year 2014 is the 250th anniversary of the town of Newbury’s “Waterside” separating into the new town of Newburyport in 1754. The year 2014 also happens to be the 30th anniversary of Newburyport’s designation as a National Register Historic District by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Newburyport’s National Register Historic District, comprised of over 2500 contributing buildings when first designated in 1984, extends from the Joppa area of the city’s South End to Atkinson Common at the city’s North End. Within the 7500-acre district are 10 neighborhood districts.

    Click here to see the complete 2014 Preservation Week schedule of events.
    (a downloadable, easily readable, three-page PDF file)

    One Preservation Week event requires advance registration: the popular Historic Fireplace Tour with master restoration mason Richard Irons (Sat., May 17, 2014; $30.00; limited to 20 people). Register online at our Event Registration page, or by phone at 978-358-7880.

  • 19 Mar 2014 4:58 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    Nominations Open for 2014 Preservation Awards

    The Newburyport Preservation Trust is accepting nominations for the 2014 Preservation Awards to be presented in conjunction with Preservation Week May 14-18, 2014. Awards will be presented in seven categories: stewardship, exterior restoration, interior restoration, sensitive addition to a historic building, historic landscape restoration, historically sensitive contractor/builder, and sustainable historic structure. Nominations may be made by NPT members and non-members alike. Simply download/print the nomination form and awards criteria from this link or from our Preservation Week page, fill out the form(s) with your nomination(s), and return to the Newburyport Preservation Trust at P. O. Box 184, Newburyport, MA 01950. Nominations must be received by April 18, 2014. Since 2007 the Newburyport Preservation Trust has celebrated preservation efforts through its Preservation Awards. Our goal is to support, promote, celebrate, and showcase preservation --- and raise awareness of the value and unique historic character of our community.

    More news on the way! Soon there will be more information coming your way about Preservation Week 2014 activities May 14-18, 2014. For now, put on your "thinking caps" about preservation award nominations, then clear your calendar for Preservation Week 2014. This year Preservation Week celebrates the 250th anniversary of Newburyport, and the 30th anniversary of its National Register Historic District.

  • 04 Mar 2014 12:30 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    Dear NPT Members & Friends:

    Your voice is needed at an important public hearing
    Wednesday, March 5, 7:00 p.m., at Newburyport City Hall

    On Wednesday evening The Newburyport City Council will continue to consider, jointly with the city's Planning Board, two new zoning ordinances to protect Newburyport's historic buildings. Your voice is critically important.

    At the last hearing, 20 preservationists spoke in favor of the ordinances, and an equal number of citizens spoke in opposition. Since then, the City Council has worked to address opponent concerns and has also included the suggestions of preservationists. Read the revised proposals here at the city's web site.

    These ordinances will prohibit the demolition of any building that contributes to Newburyport's National Register Historic District, unless there is substantial evidence a building cannot be saved. They will stop "de facto demolition" by owners who leave historic buildings vacant and exposed to destruction by the elements. They will protect the exterior architectural details of our commercial downtown buildings. For new construction downtown, for example the planned hotel, building design will be subject to review to ensure compatibility with the size, scale and character of neighboring, historic buildings.

    These are simple, but urgently needed measures. Our City Councilors need you to confirm these laws should be enacted without delay. Here's what you can do to help make these ordinances a reality: (1) Please attend the Public Hearing this Wednesday evening. If you have additional suggestions to improve the ordinances, make your case. If you have not yet spoken in favor, now is the time. (2) Please email City Councilors with your message of support (email addresses below).

    Thank you for supporting the preservation of Newburyport's legacy of authentic historic buildings and streetscapes. Your support will be a true gift to the city on its 250th anniversary!

    Linda Miller and Tom Kolterjahn
    Co-Presidents, Newburyport Preservation Trust

    City Council Email Addresses:

    Thomas F. O'Brien - President, Ward 6 Councilor - Email:
    Edward C. Cameron - At Large - Email:
    Barry N. Connell - At Large - Email:
    Ari B. Herzog - At Large - Email:
    Meghan C. Kinsey - At Large - Email:
    Bruce L. Vogel - At Large - Email:
    Allison Heartquist - Ward 1 Councilor - Email:
    Jared J. Eigerman - Ward 2 Councilor - Email:
    Robert J. Cronin - Ward 3 Councilor - Email:
    Charles F. Tontar - Ward 4 Councilor - Email:
    Larry G. Guinta, jr. - Ward 5 Councilor - Email:

  • 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.

  • 11 Dec 2013 12:47 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    Winter NPT Newsletter now online. The winter 2013/14 quarterly newsletter of the Newburyport Preservation Trust has been e-mailed to members, and is also available to read online here.

    In this issue:
    - Downtown Newburyport's deteriorating brickwork need attention
    - Preservation Week 2014 set for May 14-18
    - Preservation project author Ron Tanner at October library presentation
    - This issue's Words Not Necessary feature

  • 01 Dec 2013 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.

    Unfortunate update. Recently the policies of the web site that hosted this important video changed, resulting in its removal. NPT will pursue "Plan B" to restore access to this video as soon as possible.

  • 10 Oct 2013 11:50 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    Don't miss this engaging presentation Thursday, Oct. 17:
    "From Animal House to Our House" with author/preservationist Ron Tanner

    Award-winning author and preservationist Ron Tanner visits the Newburyport Public Library on Thursday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. to tell the comical-but-true story of how he and his wife bought condemned property --- a wrecked former fraternity house in Baltimore, Md. --- and restored it to its original Victorian splendor. This free-to-the-public event is co-sponsored by the Newburyport Preservation Trust.

    Ron & Jill Tanner knew nothing about fixing up houses when they started, but their work reclaiming the 19th-century inner-city brownstone led to a feature in This Old House magazine in 2008, and later to Ron Tanner's book, From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story, published in 2012.

    Today the couple run, a web site for old house enthusiasts and do-it-yourself restorers. In the past year Ron Tanner has toured the U.S. promoting the book with his comic monologue accompanying a slide show of their "hilarious and harrowing" restoration adventures.

    Light refreshments will be served by the Newburyport Preservation Trust.

    Date: Thursday, October 17, 2013
    Time: 7:00 to 8:00 pm
    Place: Newburyport Public Library, Program Room

  • 26 Aug 2013 8:45 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    Fall NPT Newsletter now online. The fall 2013 quarterly newsletter of the Newburyport Preservation Trust has been e-mailed to members, and is also available to read online here.

    In this issue:
    - A national award for NPT's Powder House preservation project.
    - Visit the Powder House during Trails & Sails on Sept. 22 & Sept. 29
    - Historic American Buildings Survey slated for the Powder House this fall
    - Join us at the NPT Annual Meeting on Sunday, Oct. 6
    - NPT seeks additional board members --- make your nominations!

    Also, the local election season is upon us, with the preliminary election on Tuesday, Sept. 17, and the final election for mayor and city councillors in Tuesday, Nov. 5. In Newburyport it should be no secret that preservation issues will be at the forefront of the mayoral and city council campaigns. The position of most of the candidates is well-known, amply demonstrated pro or con, during last year’s derailed initiative for a Local Historic District in Newburyport. If you don't know your candidate's position on (1) preservation of Newburyport's historic architecture, (2) revamping the inadequate demolition delay ordinance, and (3) the wisdom of protecting authentic material culture assets, now is the time to determine your candidate's position. Historic preservation issues are not the only issues this local election season, but the disposition of these issues can have a long-term impact on our city’s singular atmosphere, physical surroundings, and economic vitality.

  • 23 May 2013 9:58 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    Each year at the conclusion of Preservation Week the Newburyport Preservation Trust recognizes the efforts of select property owners with Preservation Awards for “their outstanding work on preservation of their properties and overall contributions to preserving Newburyport historical assets.” This year awards were made in the following categories: Stewardship: Cynthia and Byron Getchell for maintaining historical aspects of their home at 14 Milk Street for more than 30 years. Preservation Design: Linda Reppucci for restoration of her 1900 bungalow at 330 Merrimac Street. Window Restoration: Novack and Stephanie Niketic for their work at their Italianate house at 93 High Street. Contractor-Builder Award: Pat and Bill Starck of Starck Housejoiners, Inc. (storm window work at 93 High Street). Historic Landscape: Jennifer Day and Marc Cendrone for their effort on an 1840 garden layout at their home at 89-91 High Street. Preservation Leadership: William Harris for “his dedication over the years in preserving Newburyport’s historical assets.” Adaptive Reuse: Julia and Walter Clay at 8 Dexter Lane (carriage barn) and Dr. Saira Naseer (offices) for adapting the Nicholas Brady House at 28 Green Street for use as a medical resource. Congratulations to all 2013 award recipients!

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