Nantucket Preservation Trust
Advocating for the preservation of Nantucket’s architectural heritage is the key mission of the Nantucket Preservation Trust. NPT, a non-profit, membership-based organization, offers services for historic homeowners and year-round educational programs for both residents and visitors to encourage the appreciation and preservation of the island’s more than 2,400 historic buildings, and its gardens and streetscapes.
The Nantucket Preservation Trust encourages proper restoration through programs such as our complimentary house “interview,” prepares detailed house histories, and develops studies to determine a building’s or area’s evolution. In 2007 NPT will begin an update of Nantucket’s National Historic Landmark status to include significant 20th century structures. In addition, NPT offers permanent protection of historically significant exteriors and interiors through our preservation easement program.
NPT’s historic house marker program recognizes island structures that are at least 50 years old. Today over 100 fanshaped markers provide passersby with clues to Nantucket’s historic homes by marking the name of the original owner, date of construction, and in most cases the owner’s occupation.
For those who want to learn more about the island’s history and architecture, NPT provides architectural walking tours from June to October and during special events, such as Nantucket’s December Stroll. “Main Street: The Houses and Their Histories,” part of NPT’s house-by-house book series, provides more in-depth information on Nantucket’s neighborhoods and colorful stories about the lives of former homeowners.
Our 2007 special events open with Preservation Month activities, including an NPT benefit dinner entitled “A Preview to Summer,” to be held Saturday, May 26 in the garden at 44 Orange Street overlooking the harbor, and featuring a seasonal menu catered by Jim Perelman.
Two main events mark NPT’s summer programs: our Annual Summer Kitchen Tour and our August Fête and Moveable Feast. On July 19, visitors will be able to view a series of kitchens in historic homes along India Street. The tour is a rare opportunity to view fine homes and to learn how a modern kitchen can be sensitively added while maintaining an historic home’s integrity.
The August Fête, described last year as “one of the most exciting events of the season,” will be held on Thursday, August 9 at 6:00 p.m. along Darling Street. The reception includes tours of historic homes with fine food along the way.
For more information on NPT and a complete list of our programs and offerings, please visit our website at www.nantucketpreservation.org.