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Opinion

January 31, 2013

A consideration for Newburyport's preservation

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Historic preservation can be controversial, and a public process is needed to assess whether properties have historic value and should be saved. Huxtable declared, “When so much seems to conspire to reduce life and feeling to the most deprived and demeaning bottom line, it is more important than ever that we receive that extra dimension of dignity or delight and the elevated sense of self that the art of building can provide through the nature of the places where we live and work. What counts more than style is whether architecture improves our experience of the built world; whether it makes us wonder why we never noticed places in quite this way before.”

Remembering Ada Louise Huxtable’s contributions provides a context for considering the future of Newburyport. Public discussions on preservation allow helpful exchanges of opinion. The Newburyport Preservation Trust supports education and preservation and is a resource for understanding our community’s “built world.”

Adelaide Carothers

Newburyport

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