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  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 22 Nov 2015 10:53 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    "Repairing Rotten Wood," the second in the Newburyport Preservation Trust's "Do It Ye Self" series, will be held Saturday, Dec. 12, 1-3 p.m., at the Perkins Mint on Fruit Street, Newburyport.

    Preservation craftsman Jasper March presents the hands-on program, which includes an informative demonstration as well as the opportunity for hands-on application of the techniques. The presenter will share his knowledge and understanding of how to repair rotten wood on exterior trim, such as found on soffits and fascias; and on interior trim, such as found on window sashes and fireplace mantels. While the primary focus will be on epoxy repairs, the presentation will also address the restoration of structural members. The presenter, a Newburyport native, is a finish carpenter and boatwright who learned his skills under the tutelage of masters in the field, and at two years of study at the Apprenticeshop Boatbuilding School in Rockland, Maine.

    The Newburyport Preservation Trust's "Do It Ye Self" series aims to educate historic homeowners --- and preservation tradespeople alike --- on common household repairs, and save them time and money. Each session presenter helps the homeowner maintain the character of historic home, while also sharing the love for their craft. Each session includes a demonstration, hands-on application, a question-and-answer period, and light refreshments.

    Registration for the two-hour program is just $15.00 per person. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at the Newburyport Preservation Trust website: www.nbptpreservationtrust.org. The Perkins Mint venue for this session is located on Fruit Street, Newburyport, behind the Museum of Old Newbury. For additional information, contact "Do It Ye Self" program coordinator Matt Blanchette at 978-697-5135 (email: bchette@gmail.com).

  • 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 Aug 2015 12:45 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    Powder House os once again a headliner at Trails & Sails Sept. 20 & 27, 2015! Stop by the restored 1822 Powder House on Low Street, Newburyport during the Essex Heritage Trails & Sails event and see what's new. For full details, see the event flyer here.

  • 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!

  • 14 Apr 2015 5:46 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    Preservation Week 2015: "Signs of the Times"
    May 12-17, 2015

    Newburyport celebrates and commemorates historic preservation during the ninth annual Newburyport Preservation Week, May 12 -17, 2015. This year’s theme, "Signs of the Times," recognizes (1) the dedication of signs marking the Newburyport National Register Historic District established in 1984, (2) NPT's new Historic House Plaque Program, and (3) the other "signs" around us that make preservation awareness just as important as ever. Five days of activities for all ages and interests include walking tours, lectures, and the annual Historic Preservation Awards. Events are open to the public and most are free. See the schedule of events on the Events/Preservation Week page.

  • 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

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