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  • 12 Apr 2016 12:06 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    Nominations open for 2016 Preservation Awards

    Nominations are now open for the Newburyport Preservation Trust's 2016 Preservation Awards. To recognize a deserving project, download the nomination form, choose a category, fill out the form, and return it to NPT at P. O. Box 184, Newburyport, MA 01950 by April 22, 2016.

    Beginning in 2007, the Newburyport Preservation Trust has celebrated preservation efforts throughout our city by awarding individuals and organizations annually for their contributions toward historic preservation. Our goal is to support, promote, celebrate, and showcase preservation and raise awareness of the value and unique historic character of our community. We invite you to participate in this celebration by nominating those projects, individuals, and/or organizations that you believe demonstrate an outstanding effort to preserve and protect our building heritage and the historic character of our city.

    Awards categories include stewardship, exterior restoration, interior restoration, sensitive addition to a historic building, and historically sensitive contractor/builder. If you would like to nominate a more than one person or project, please use another blank form and fill out each nomination on a separate sheet.

    Awards criteria: Projects that have won in the past cannot be nominated again. Projects that have been nominated in the past and have not won an award can be nominated again. Projects under construction will not be considered; nominated projects must be fully completed. Projects shall be located in the City of Newburyport.

    Awards will be presented at the closing party of Preservation Week on Sunday, May 15, 2016, 4:30 p.m., at the Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water Street, Newburyport.

  • 05 Apr 2016 6:07 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    NPT's signature event is Preservation Week, the annual spring celebration of the city's preservation for all ages and interests that attracts capacity attendance for its walking tours, lectures, social events, and the Historic Preservation Awards ceremony.

    Preservation Week 2016, "Preserving the Architecture of Faith," is scheduled for May 10-15. The schedule of events is available here, in the form of the hard-copy already in circulation, as well as on the dedicated Preservation Week page.

  • 08 Mar 2016 10:58 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    "There's More to Lime Mortar," another in the Newburyport Preservation Trust's "Do It Ye Self" series, will be held Saturday, April 16, 1:00-3:15 p.m., at the Perkins Mint building (Museum of Old Newbury) on Fruit Street, Newburyport.

    In the first half of the program, presenter Fabio Bardini will introduce attendees to the theory, evolution, composition, and application of various masonry mortars dating back to the time of the Roman Empire. After his presentation on the background and rationale for using lime mortar, participants can learn from the hands-on experience of mixing their own mortar, and repointing brickwork on a demonstration template.

    Fabio Bardini, principal of Florentine Renaissance Masonry in Salem, Mass., is a native of Florence, Italy, where he attended the Istituto d'Arte di Firenze and Palazzo Spinelli Design School. Living in Tuscany, surrounded by historic buildings and the work of past masters, inspired him to take his designs beyond the drawing board. Combining the art, design, and architecture background with a passion for stonework, he established his business, Florentine Renaissance Masonry. He has been engaged as a designer and stone mason for projects throughout New England since 1990.

    Registration for the two-hour "There's More to Lime Mortar" program is just $20 per person for members of the Newburyport Preservation Trust, and $25 for non-members. Registration (online only) is limited to 15 attendees. Register 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).

    The April 16 program wraps up the first season of the Newburyport Preservation Trust's well-received "Do It Ye Self" sessions. The Saturday sessions this winter included hands-on programs on restoring windows, repairing rotten wood, and cooking in beehive ovens. The crowd was standing-room-only at the February 20 "Cooking in Beehive Ovens" program presented by restoration mason Richard Irons, as he deftly coordinated baked scallops and homemade pizza in the twin ovens of a Georgian-era fireplace. Unlike previous sessions, attendees were eager to eat the results of that afternoon's demonstration. Future programs in the “Do It Ye Self” series are already in the planning stages, and coordinator Matt Blanchette welcomes program suggestions  at 978-697-5135 (email: bchette@gmail.com).


  • 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

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