“A Night of Holiday Magic”

Saturday, December 14th from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM the NPT participated in the Nantucket Historical Association’s event, “A Night of Holiday Magic. This event (free to all children) offered them the chance to view The Festival of Trees, enjoy fun activities, food, storytelling and even The Nantucket Photo Booth! Parents joined along for a reduced price of $5.00 and all NHA members could attend for free. Special Events & Membership Coordinator, Ema Hudson created a Federal architectural house titled: “Interiors Matter” for The Festival of Trees. The tree, featured below contained small dollhouse sized furniture, which Ema assembled and even stained! The house includes historically accurate wallpaper along with miniature copies of NPT publications.

IMAG0315Marketing Associate, Marisa Holden represented the NPT’s Federal style tree during “A Night of Holiday Magic” at the NPT ornament, crafting table. Children had the chance to decorate their very own Federal architectural, ornaments and were able to choose either a fan light or Flemish brick to color (see below). The children not only seemed to be enthused by the large bowl of Christmas candy on the table but also by the accompanying photographs of 69 Main Street’s fan light and an example of Flemish brick bonding. Some children even decided to stop by the table twice, in order to create a second ornament for their holiday decorations!

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Fan LightThe night was hustling and bustling with families, festive dressed employees, performances by Dance Works of Nantucket, seasonal storytelling, an area of holiday treats, the Nantucket Photo Booth, musical performances and of course all of the beautifully lit Christmas trees. The children were able to experience a fun filled night under the roof of a Nantucket historical building. The event, which is now in its fourth year, was a great chance for the NPT to educate a younger generation of Nantucket residents. The children will now have a Federal architectural ornament, which they will hopefully keep for use during many more holiday seasons!

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St. Paul’s Church

Photo Credit St. Paul's Church Website
Photo Credit St. Paul’s Church Website


St. Paul’s Church was the recipient of this year’s Stewardship Award for the restoration of the church’s stained-glass windows.  St Paul’s was constructed in 1901 and over the years has seen the addition of stained-glass windows.  The windows were designed by three studios: Connick of Boston (north and south aisles); Willet of Philadelphia (clerestory windows in roof); and the original windows produced by Tiffany of New York City (altar and west end).   The restoration of these windows has included repair of frames, stained glass, identification of water infiltration, and remediation.  Contractors included: Cheney Brothers, Nantucket, for the installation of motors to open four clerestory windows;   Norton Preservation Trust, for the evaluation of water problems;   James Lydon, Sons & Daughters, for the repair of the bell tower/roof;   Wayne Morris, mason, for the repair of water-damaged walls; Westmill Preservation Services, Halifax, Massachusetts, for window-frame restoration; and Serpentino Stained & Leaded Glass, Inc., Needham, Massachusetts, for the restoration of stained glass.

To learn more about the church, its building and surrounding area – CLICK HERE

Nantucket December Preservation Updates

'Sconset Bluff (Photo Courtesy Siasconset Beach Preservation Fund website
‘Sconset Bluff
(Photo Courtesy Siasconset Beach Preservation Fund website)


  • Historical District Commission (HDC) appointed Executive Director, Michael May to the HDC Workgroup – a committee formed, as required by last year’s Town Meeting. The committee will review and make suggestions for revisions to the HDC ordinance and guidelines and other matters that the HDC may find relevant. The appointment will run now through June 2014. The committee also will include Val Oliver, Steve Cohen, Jesse Dutra, Valerie & Rick Norton, as well as HDC commissioners Dawn Hill Holdgate and Linda Williams.
  • The Siasconset Beach Preservation Fund (SBPF) recently made a step towards preserving Baxter Road and its structures. With a vote of 5-1 on December 4th Nantucket’s Conservation Commission agreed to support the emergency bluff protection plan for Baxter Road. The goal of the plan is to preserve the ‘Sconset Bluff along with the private homes and public infrastructure, which are located on it. Baxter Road is located in ‘Sconset, which is home to many of Nantucket’s historic buildings. At this time the application has been sent to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, which has 7 days to either approve or deny the application. For further information regarding this issue make sure to take a look at the SBPF Facebook Page – CLICK HERE
  • ReMain Nantucket recently purchased the Nantucket Town owned, Mooney Building located at 22 Federal Street. ReMain hopes to use the building in order to create classrooms, student lounge areas and housing for Nantucket based college programs. The Nantucket Preservation Trust welcomes two interns each summer from the The Preservation Institute (PIN). This field school, which is connection with The University of Florida gives students an opportunity to experience historic preservation hands on. Over the year’s Nantucket has experienced growth of similar college affiliated programs. With ReMain’s newest building purchase, programs such as PIN will hopefully have an easier time using Nantucket’s unique resources in order to further the education of their students.