This week’s “Friday Find” features an actual find, a miniature children’s book and teacup! The items were discovered in the ceiling of a The Carlisle House Inn an eighteenth-century building located at 26 North Water Street. Owner, Heather Sheldon hired a carpenter to work on the ceiling of the inn’s second floor suite. After uncovering the ceiling he discovered two small objects and this is when the buildings’ treasures were revealed! The photos below feature the two items, a small book titled: Katie and The Cup of Cold Water and a miniature teacup.
Every house has a story to tell and artifacts like these help to discover it. We are in the process of completing a House History for 26 North Water Street, The Carlisle House Inn. Once completed, these artifacts may have an owner’s name or even a date of when they’re from. You never know what your House History may reveal, discover yours today! Click Here
October 6 and October 10 Segment
House on the way to Smith’s Point, circa 1950
Did you know that all of Nantucket is a National Historic Landmark? This federal designation honors the island’s early architecture from our whaling days as well as resources that date to late 19th and even the mid 20th century. Although not as prevalent on island, modern landmarks including several houses scattered along the east and west ends of the island are valuable resources that tell a story and should be protected as important symbols and achievements of our recent past.
Hook & Ladder Company No. 8, a historic New York City landmark is most notably famous for its role in the movie “Ghostbusters”. The photo below features the fire station’s exterior, which may look familiar since it was used as the Ghostbusters’ headquarters in the 1984 and 1989 movies. In 1904 the Hook & Ladder Company No. 8 moved to its new fire station located at the intersection of Varick and Moore Streets. The building was designed by Alexander H. Stevens and made from brick and limestone, with arched entrances for the fire trucks. The original building was double the size of what currently stands. In 1913 Varick Street was widened and the building either had to be relocated across the street or cut in half. Due to financial constraints the Fire Commissioner made the decision, the building would simply be cut in half and thus saved the building from demolition. The building was saved again in 2011 after being placed on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s list of 20 fire stations slated to close. The New York community responded with frustration and protests. Today Hook & Ladder Company No. 8 is still an active fire station and often visited by fans of the 1984 movie Ghostbusters.
We are sad to say goodbye to Special Events and Membership Coordinator, Ema Hudson. Ema has been a crucial asset to the NPT over the past six years helping to organize and run our events including: the Preservation Award Ceremony, Summer Kitchen Tour, Summer Lecture and Luncheon and Annual August Fête. The NPT staff and board wish Ema the best of luck at her new endeavor!