Newburyport Historic District Exterior Building & Landscape Guidelines
The purpose of these Guidelines is to provide guidance to property owners within the district
in planning appropriate exterior changes to their properties.
These guidelines are based on The Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
with Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring & Reconstructing Historic Buildings (Standards) by
Kay D. Weeks and Anne E. Grimmer, published by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1995 and updated in
2001, and The Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties With Guidelines for
the Treatment of Cultural Landscapes, edited by Charles A. Birnbaum with Christine Capella Peters, published
by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1996, www.nps.gov.
The guidelines take into consideration the property owners’ concerns about energy efficiency and sustainability. The Guidelines
and Recommendations in the Windows and Doors section show that preserving historic fabric and energy
conservation are not mutually exclusive. Property owners are encouraged to consider the entire envelope
including insulation when making renovation decisions and to remember that restoration of a building may be
considered the ultimate recycling.
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