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  • 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

  • 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. Or, you can go directly to the video here.

  • 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.

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