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FREE Downtown Tour: "Saved from the Wrecking Ball" - SOLD OUT!

July 25, 2017

Saved from the Wrecking Ball Tour - SOLD OUT!

 

 

FREE

Yankee Homecoming

Downtown Walking Tour

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SAVED FROM THE WRECKING BALL!

 

 

Mayor George Lawler

 

 

It's hard to imagine there was a time when the city's historic downtown was just a mayor's signature away from being bulldozed and replaced with strip malls and parking lots.

Newburyport stood on the brink of wrecking-ball-style Urban Renewal in the 1960s, but unlike many cities that saw their downtowns demolished, Newburyport sought a different path that would eventually gain recognition as a national model for historic preservation.

That fascinating history will be the subject of a walking tour during Yankee Homecoming Week. Entitled Saved from the Wrecking Ball, the hour-long tour will walk visitors through the key places and events that turned Newburyport's downtown from the brink of wholesale demolition to a national model of urban historic preservation.

View from Market Square 1974

The tour is sponsored by the Custom House Maritime Museum. It will be held Monday, July 31; Wednesday, August 2; and Friday, Auguat 4, at 10:30 a.m each day. The tour will begin at the Custom House Maritime Museum on Water Street and will proceed along a half-mile route.

John Macone will be your tour guideThe tour will be presented by John Macone, former editor of The Daily News. It is based in part on a 40-part series called Port in Progress that Macone and his News colleagues produced in 2007, as well as further research Macone has conducted since the series was published.

The Saved from the Wrecking Ball tour will include historic photos of Newburyport taken during the urban renewal period, some of which have never been published nor publicly displayed. The photos give a clear view of how dramatically and fortunately, the downtown has changed since the 1960s.

Admission is free, but donations to the museum are welcome.

3 FREE TOUR DATES ONLY!

Monday - July 31st - 10:30 am

Wednesday - August 2nd - 10:30 am

Friday - August 4th - 10:30 am

 

Tours depart from the Custom House Maritime Museum

Tickets for this tour are FREE - but are limited in number and must be obtained in advance at the Museum Store -- while supplies last!

Please - a maximum of two tickets only per individual request.

Mid 1960's Urban Renewal Downtown Model

PHOTOS FROM TOP: MAYOR GEORGE LAWLER, OFTEN REFERRED TO AS THE 'SAVIOR OF THE DOWNTOWN'; VIEW LOOKING EAST FROM MARKET SQUARE IN 1974; TOUR-AUTHOR AND GUIDE; JOHN MACONE; MID-1960'S URBAN RENEWAL MODEL FOR AN IN-TOWN SHOPPING MALL.
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