The NPT is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with a focus
on the preservation of the island’s historic architecture. We provide programs that explore the architecture and history of the island, and strive to increase awareness of the importance and fragility of our architectural heritage. Of special concern are Nantucket’s historic interiors that are not protected by local government regulations and are often threatened by insensitive “gut rehabs.”
Nantucket Preservation Trust’s mission is to protect, promote and preserve the island’s unique architectural heritage and sense of place.
Nantucket Preservation Trust’s vision is that the island’s historic structures and sense of place are protected from historically insensitive alteration through documentation, education, policy, and preservation action. NPT will achieve these goals by working collaboratively with community leaders, organizations, and residents to ensure Nantucket remains a national and international model for historic preservation.
Home to more than eight hundred pre-Civil War era structures, the historic architecture of Nantucket is vital to both the island’s timeless sense of place and economic viability. Both rapid growth and development and sea-level rise threaten one of the country’s largest intact assemblages of historic structures. Gut rehabs destroy centuries of historic elements and insensitive new construction in the historic core threatens our streetscapes, viewsheds, and sense of place. Each year, scores of historic properties are altered without considering the irreplaceable qualities that led to Nantucket’s designation as a National Historic Landmark. Flooding is increasing every year in low-lying historic areas. Thoughtful, rigorous, creative, and historically sensitive planning and implementation is required to make the necessary adaptations without compromising the historic fabric of our island community.
There is no question that Nantucket’s historic structures are an intrinsic part of what makes the island special. Without our sense of place and vibrant historic downtown, Nantucket stands to lose vital economic resources.
Nantucket Preservation Trust is our community’s voice for preservation on the island.