Newburyport Preservation Week

The signature event of the Newburyport Preservation Trust is Newburyport Preservation Week every spring, featuring a varied program of illustrated lectures, architectural tours, social events, and a closing reception to present the Newburyport Preservation Trust's annual Preservation  Awards.

Preservation Week 2017
Newburyport in the Historic American Buildings Survey
Tuesday - Sunday, May 16-21, 2017

Did you miss it? Out of town? Imprisoned at work? For a time the schedule remains here so you can see what you missed.

The 2017 theme, "Newburyport in the Historic American Buildings Survey," looked back at the federal HABS program that advanced historic preservation in the 1930s. The complete schedule of events is listed below, and your collectible Preservation Week 2017 poster/flyer is available in PDF format here. In conjunction with Preservation Week 2017 was the publication of The HABS and the 'HABs Nots': Documenting Newburyport Architecture in the Historic American Buildings Survey, by R.W. Bacon. This new large-format hard-bound book presents the crisp analog photos and elegant measured drawings for the surveys conducted in Newburyport in decades gone by, and also takes a look at the future of preservation in the once struggling but now rejuvenated port city. (This book is available for purchase at the Donate & Shop page.)



Worthy of Preservation: Obligations of Architectural Heritage

(Opens Tues., May 16;
Custom House Maritime Museum
25 Water Street, Newburyport
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(Tours daily throughout the week.)
Charles E. Peterson’s 1933 vision of creating the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) was a carefully conceived plan to systematically document the historic built environment of the United States; that our architectural heritage should not pass into unrecorded oblivion. The fruits of his vision remind us of the significance and fragility of our architectural past and the value in preserving its identity.

House Tour:
The Cushing House

Museum of Old Newbury
98 High Street, Newburyport
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(Tours daily throughout the week.)
Enjoy an architectural tour of this 1808 ship captain’s home, a prime example of architecture from the Federal period, when Newburyport enjoyed wealth and prosperity from the sea.
Admission: Free

Book Signing:
The HABS and the ‘HABs Nots’:
Documenting the Architecture of Newburyport
in the Historic American Buildings Survey,

with author R. W. Bacon.
Custom House Maritime Museum
25 Water Street, Newburyport
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The HABS and the ‘HABs Nots’ looks back at preservation of Newburyport architecture through the Historic American Building Survey – and forward at Newburyport’s preservation challenges through the “HABs Nots” Gallery. The author’s brief presentation promises to include curious miscellany from his research not found within the rich content of this new large-format hardbound volume.
Admission: Free


Open House & Reception:
Perkins Printing & Engraving Plant

Museum of Old Newbury
98 High Street, Newburyport
(Enter at Museum courtyard.)
6:00 p.m.
Please join the Newburyport Preservation Trust and the Museum of Old Newbury on Wednesday, May 17, at the Perkins Engraving Building behind the John N. Cushing House for a reception under the stars as we explore the work of the Historic American Buildings Survey program, past and present preservation efforts, and a look at the restored Perkins interiors.
Admission: Free


An Evening in Gaol:
Newburyport Preservation Trust Fund-Raiser

The Old Gaol
12 Auburn Street, Newburyport
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Enjoy this rare opportunity to visit Newburyport’s old granite jail. You’ll enter through the Jail Keeper’s House, tour the jail with expert guides, and enjoy refreshments in the Carriage House and courtyard, serenaded by guitarist John Tavano. The “Old Gaol” was Newburyport’s jail from 1825-1912. Privately owned since 1923, it is rarely open to visitors. Architect Charles Griffin and his wife, Gillian, have owned and restored the property since 1987, and both will be on hand to talk to guests about its history. Drawings from the jail’s 1934 Historic American Buildings Survey will be on display along with other history information. Complimentary food, wine, beer and water will be served. Pre-registration and ticket purchase are required via the NPT website at All proceeds benefit the Newburyport Preservation Trust.
Admission: $50 per person for Newburyport Preservation Trust members;
$60 per person for non-members.


Sash Revival Day,
with Window Woman of New England

44R Elm Street, Amesbury
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Ever wondered how antique windows are brought back to life? Come to the Sash Revival open house event at Window Woman of New England, Inc. Drop in any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and meet with their talented crew to answer your questions about original windows. If you would like to learn some tips and techniques, or finally get that broken pane of glass replaced, bring your window sash and they will show you how they do it.
Admission: Free

Tour & Exhibit:
Powder House Park & Learning Center

Godfrey’s Hill
57 Low Street, Newburyport
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Enjoy a special tour of the restored 1822 Powder House, which opened in fall 2012 after nine years of planning, research, and restoration. The next year, the Powder House was selected as the newest subject of the Historic American Buildings Survey in Newburyport, with a study conducted by faculty and students of Boston Architectural College. On this special Preservation Week tour, you can view the measured drawings and photos from the HABS survey.
Admission: Free


2017 Preservation Awards
Presentation & Reception

Custom House Maritime Museum
25 Water Street, Newburyport
4:30 p.m. reception, followed by awards ceremony.
Every Preservation Week, the Newburyport Preservation Trust recognizes the finest preservation efforts across the city during the past 12 months. Join us for the celebration!
Admission: Free. (Preservation Trust members and guests only,
and Custom House Maritime Museum members only.)

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