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Worthy of Preservation - Obligations of Architectural Heritage

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May 16, 2017 – July 1, 2018
Worthy of Preservation - Obligations of Architectural Heritage



Worthy of Preservation

Obligations of architectural heritage


Charles E. Peterson's 1933 vision of creating the Historic American Buildings Survey as part of Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration, 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.

First Religious Society of Newburyport

The fruits of his vision remind us of the significance and fragility of our architectural past and of the value in preserving its identity

As a community that formed and developed along with the country itself, Newburyport, through the hands of prior generations, is gifted with many fine examples of American architecture, neighborhood texture and community distinction.

Through stately black and white images and plan drawings created by HABS while documenting selected Newburyport structures, our exhibition explores whether or what obligations accompany such gifts from our past, the importance we place on their stewardship and respect for the tradition of preservation that has made this heritage so much a part of our present.

Though Charles Peterson's Historic American Building Survey established through documentation the means for a safety net from "unrecorded oblivion," we as individuals and as a community ultimately determine the fate and survival of the architectural heritage future generations may enjoy.

This exhibiton is made possible throught the generosity of

Proudly sponsored by Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank

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