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  • 08 Feb 2016 3:54 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    Winter 2016 NPT Newsletter now online. The winter 2016 newsletter of the Newburyport Preservation Trust has been e-mailed to members, and is also available to read online here. In this issue, the lead article is a summary of NPT's recent preservation advocacy efforts. You can also read the latest news about NPT's hands-on "Do It Ye Self" series.

    In this issue:
    - Preservation advocacy sparks a cautious enthusiasm
    - NPT's hands-on "Do It Ye Self" sessions are a hit
    - A home with an NPT historic house plaque gets big-time exposure
    - "Disappearing House" act still prompts questions
    - Mark your calendar --- Preservation Week is May 10-15, 2016

  • 03 Feb 2016 9:52 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    "Cooking in Beehive Ovens," the third in the Newburyport Preservation Trust's "Do It Ye Self" series, will be held Saturday, February 20, 3:30-5:30 p.m., at 6 Independent Street, Newburyport.

    Historic fireplace expert Richard Irons presents the program, which includes an overview of brick oven construction; the evolution of beehive ovens in New England; an explanation of how the oven works; and a real-time cooking demonstration --- with hands-on participation. And unlike previous "Do It Ye Self" programs on restoring windows and repairing rotten wood, participants this month get to taste the results!.

    This month's venue, a restored Georgian home (c. 1725) with a fireplace and oven just right for the presentation, was generously volunteered for the event by the owners, supportive members of the Newburyport Preservation Trust..

    The presenter, restoration mason Richard Irons of Limerick, Maine, has worked on historic houses and museum properties throughout the northeast U.S. for more than 40 years. In his decades of immersion in "old house masonry," he developed the skill of "reading" bricks and mortar for clues, enabling him to discover and reveal long-hidden masonry treasures like bake ovens, set kettles, and meat smokers. In addition to being a sought-after craftsman, he has been a program presenter for numerous history and preservation organizations.

    Registration for the two-hour "Cooking in Beehive Ovens" program is just $15.00 per person. Registration is limited to 18 attendees. Register in advance at the "Events" page of the Newburyport Preservation Trust website: www.nbptpreservationtrust.org. For additional information, contact "Do It Ye Self" program coordinator Matt Blanchette at 978-697-5135 (email: bchette@gmail.com).

  • 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)

    The Newburyport Preservation Trust has a new presence on Facebook! Members and website users are urged to visit and multiply.

    While the NPT website is a massive compilation of valuable content, the new 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, is sure to boost 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. Then make sure to visit often to keep up with the latest developments on the preservation front.

  • 18 Sep 2015 8:19 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    Summer/Fall NPT Newsletter now online. The summer/fall 2015 newsletter of the Newburyport Preservation Trust has been e-mailed to members, and is also available to read online here. In this issue, the lead article is about the new zoning amendment aimed at regulating strangely-configured infill projects. You can also read the latest news about NPT's Historic House Plaque Program, and a recap of the season at the Powder House Park & Learning Center.

    In this issue:
    - Zoning amendment addresses bizarre infill projects
    - NPT takes message to the streets
    - Powder House Park extends its reach
    - Historic House Plaque Program grows
    - Miscellaneous loopholes, fakes, & ill-considered decisions

  • 31 May 2015 8:43 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    Spring NPT Newsletter now online. The spring 2015 quarterly newsletter of the Newburyport Preservation Trust has been e-mailed to members, and is also available to read online here. In this issue, the lead article is a recap of this year's just-completed Preservation Week, "Signs of the Times," with special focus on the installation of five signs marking the city's National Register Historic District established in 1984.

    Also in this issue:
    - Preservation Week 2015 recap
    - Recipients of 2015 Preservation Awards
    - NPT's Historic House Plaque Program: Three homes on P-Week tour
    - Preservation Advocacy: Bizarre addition exposes zoning loopholes
    - It's Game Time!: Find the missing chimneys!

  • 25 Sep 2014 8:22 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    Fall NPT Newsletter now online. The fall 2014 quarterly newsletter of the Newburyport Preservation Trust has been e-mailed to members, and is also available to read online here. In this issue, the lead article is a recap of this season's progress at Newburyport's Powder House Park & Learning Center. In preservation advocacy news, you can also read about the outcome of NPT's formal appeal of non-enforcement of unpermitted demolition at 59-61 Bromfield Street, as well as NPT's continuing opposition to the proposed demolition of the 1846 former firehouse (Deluge No. 1) at 114 Merrimac Street.

    The Powder House is a Trails & Sails headliner. This Sunday, September 28, Powder House Park & Learning Center will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of the Essex Heritage Trails & Sails events. In addition to tours of the restored 1822 Powder House, visitors can visit a Civil War encampment. Musket-firings are scheduled for 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Powder House Park & Learning Center is located on Low Street at Godfrey's Hill (across from Nock Middle School).

    In this issue:
    - Seasonal recap of progress at Powder House Park & Learning Center
    - NPT loses appeal of non-enforcement at 59-61 Bromfield Street
    - NPT contests proposed demolition of 1846 Deluge No. 1 firehouse building
    - NPT seeks coordinators for historic house sign project

  • 06 Aug 2014 8:02 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    Summer NPT Newsletter now online. The summer 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 had full details about two important public hearings before the Newburyport Zoning Board of Appeals on August 12 and September 9.

    Call to action Aug. 12 and Sept. 9, 2014. On August 12 (7:15 p.m. at City Hall), the Newburyport Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on appeal by the Newburyport Preservation Trust of the city's failure to enforce its demolition ordinance at 59-61 Bromfield Street. Join NPT members at City Hall to support the enforcement of our laws that protect our historic neighborhoods and architectural assets. On Sept. 9 (7:15 p.m. at City Hall), the Newburyport Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on an application to demolish the 1846 Deluge No. 1 firehouse building at 114 Merrimac St., a contributing structure within the city's National Register Historic District. Join NPT members at City Hall to support enforcement of our new Demolition Control Overlay District ordinance.

    In this issue:
    - Aug. 12: NPT appeals city's non-enforcement at 59-61 Bromfield St.
    - Public hearing on demolition of 1846 firehouse set for Sept. 9
    - Report on ZBA's first hearing under new demolition control ordinance
    - This issue's Words Not Necessary feature

  • 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

  • 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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