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RAMBLINGS An Annual Publication of

nantucket preservation trust Vol. XIII • 2019


­ ddressing sea level rise and what historic ­preservationists a and anyone else concerned with preserving historic ­coastal communities—­architects, engineers, city planners, ­business and property owners, and other decision makers—need to know.


June 26–28, 2019 | Nantucket, MA

The conference kicks off Wednesday evening, June 26th with keynote speaker Jeff Goodell, author of The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World. Donovan ­Rypkema, preservation e ­ conomics expert and James Balog, co-producer and writer of the film The Human ­Element, are featured ­presenters. Experts from across the ­Commonwealth of ­Massachusetts and around the country will tackle the problem of protecting our past from sea level rise. View state-of-the-art laser scanning models; tour threatened neighborhoods; learn from national and local experts; and share challenges and solutions with others concerned with sea level rise.

A partnership of the University of Florida Preservation Institute Nantucket, Nantucket Preservation Trust, and The Town of Nantucket, in collaboration with the Newport Restoration Foundation and ReMain Nantucket.

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“The impacts of climate change are experienced locally, whether it be the flooding of a historic district or the erosion of the cliffs that underlie an iconic lighthouse. So local communities are on the front lines of climate change, and it is local people who are the stewards of their own cultural heritage.” Adam Markham and Jeana Wiser, A Heritage Coalition’s “Call to Action” on Climate Change and Cultural Heritage, 2015 Nantucket’s historic architecture was shaped by the sea. From fish houses on the bank in ’Sconset to sea captain’s homes on Orange Street to sprawling summer estates on Brant Point, it is impossible to untangle our architectural heritage from the ocean. Even our houses today are weathered by the maritime climate. Nantucket Preservation Trust has long fought to preserve our historic buildings from many threats: gutting, razing, and other irreversible alterations. Yet one of our greatest threats to the island’s historic resources is sea level rise. Our partners at Preservation Institute Nantucket (PIN) use 3D laser scanning technology to envision the effects of sea level rise and storm surges on historic structures. The image you see on the cover of this magazine is one of PIN’s models. Unfortunately, water lapping at the door of a historic building is an all too recognizable image, especially for those of us who have spent a winter on island. How can we protect our historic structures while planning for an uncertain future? Our 2019 Symposium: Keeping History Above Water: Nantucket, held June 26-28th, will bring t­ogether members of the island community, stakeholders from other coastal ­communities across Massachusetts, and national experts to share experiences and case studies.We hope you will be a part of this critical conversation and join us as stewards of Nantucket’s cultural and architectural heritage.

Michael May, Executive Director The Nantucket Preservation Trust advocates for, educates about, and celebrates the preservation of the island’s rich architectural heritage. For more information, please visit us at: 11 Centre Street • P.O. Box 158, Nantucket, MA 02554 508-228-1387 • www.nantucketpreservation.org Ramblings is provided at no cost thanks to the generosity of our supporters and advertisers. Please recycle this publication by passing it along to a friend. Printed with soy-based ink on paper stock with 10% post-consumer recycled content that is grown and ­manufactured in the USA and is sustainable forest certified. 3

NPT Board of Directors Executive Committee Ken Beaugrand, Chair David Brown, President Anne Troutman, Vice President Craig Muhlhauser, Vice President Al Forster, Treasurer Barbara Halsted, Secretary

Directors Mary-Randolph Ballinger Caroline Ellis Michelle Elzay Michael Ericksen Andrew Forsyth Mark Godfrey Christian Hoffman Michael Kovner Mary-Adair Macaire Angus MacLeod Bernadette Meyer Thomas Maxwell Mundy Dennis Perry Alison Potts Mickey Rowland Debra Treyz Cathy Ward

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Ramblings •

Vol. XIII • 2019

Table of Contents



Did You Know?


Preservation Month


Lost and Threatened Streetscapes


Preservation Awards Honoring our 2019 Recipients


NPT Summer Lecture and Luncheon with Paula Henderson


August Fête: Broadway Revival


’Sconset Fish Houses: The Origins of the Rose-Covered Cottage 52 Preservation Tools 56 Preservation in Practice: An Interview with Colin Evans NPT House Markers and Histories Mary Helen and Michael Fabacher Scholarship: An Interview with Ericson Bonilla NPT’s Architectural Preservation Fund Clarissa Porter Preservation Easement Fund Preservation Restrictions 2019 Highlights and Annual Report


NPT Membership Information


End Note


Photography Ramblings echoes the spirit of a guide first published in 1947

Garth Grimmer Nantucket Preservation Trust Preservation Institute Nantucket

titled Rambling through the Streets and Lanes of Nantucket, by Edouard A. Stackpole.

Cover image courtesy of Preservation Institute Nantucket

Graphic Design Historic images courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association

Kathleen Hay Designs

Copy Editor Jenifer Gray

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The Nantucket Preservation Trust Preserving the Island’s Architectural Heritage OUR BELIEF Nantucket’s historic architecture is a unique and ­valuable asset that makes the island ­special. OUR GOAL To preserve Nantucket’s architectural heritage for present and future generations to enjoy. OUR HOPE That you will join us in working to Keep Nantucket Nantucket.™ OUR PROGRAMS and events Apprenticeships • Architectural Studies • Architectural Lectures • Architectural Preservation Fund • August Fête • Brief Histories, House Genealogies, and Comprehensive House Histories • Historic District Commission Testimonies • Historic House Tours • Historic Research • House Consultations • House Markers • House Resource Assistance • Interior Surveys • Landmark History Books • Main Street Architectural Walking Tour • Nantucket Preservation Symposium • Neighborhood Book Series • Preservation Awards • Preservation Easements • Preservation Month Programs • Private Walking Tours • Ramblings • Resource Guide • Scholarships • ’Sconset Walking Tour • Sense of Place Exhibition • Summer Luncheon & Lecture Series • Traditional Building Methods Demonstrations


Did You Know?



yths about Nantucket’s cobblestones have endured nearly as long as the hearty stones themselves. Perhaps the most ubiquitous myth about the island’s cobblestones is that they were brought back to Nantucket as ballast in whaleships. But think about this for a moment—whaleships were at sea for four or five years, and only returned home once their holds were full of whale oil, leaving no need for any stones to weigh them down. Nearly every other building material was imported to Nantucket, and the c­ obblestones were no exception. The cobbles were laid on Main Street in 1837 and likely were sourced from the Massachusetts North Shore, and some may have even come from Tuckernuck. Before cobblestones, Nantucket’s roads were sand and dirt. Accounts by early travelers describe N ­ antucket’s streets as being one boot heel deep of sand. Cobblestones, despite the noise carriages and horses made as they clattered up and down streets, were a welcome improvement. Nantucket’s cobblestone streets have been an important part of our sense of place for more than 180 years. Theirs is a somewhat rocky history. An update to the island’s sewer system in 1919, coupled with the reversal of a ban on ­automobiles in 1918, resulted in heavy wear and tear on Main Street. ­Installation of ­modern underground utilities like gas and water continued to strain the old streets, and Nantucketers were divided over whether Main Street should be paved with c­ oncrete. In 1931, islander Antone F. Sylvia was trained in traditional methods to repair the cobblestones, as there was no one left on island who knew how to care for the streets. Because of Sylvia and other local masons, the stones were in good repair for more than 40 years. In fact, Nantucket became so well versed in the repair of these historic streets, in 1967 representatives from Charleston, South Carolina interviewed the island’s Department of Public Works director and head mason to learn how to properly care for cobblestones. In 1993, telephone and electrical cables were buried on Main Street. Gone were the wires that blew down in storms. However, the street once again suffered from this excavation. In the last two decades, necessary sewer work has resulted in more stress on the historic streets.

Today, Main Street finds itself suffering after improper repairs were c­ ompleted to the important u­ tilities that run underneath its historic cobblestones. Once again, the traditional ­method of cobble repair is in danger of fading away. ­Cobblestones are an important part of our island’s identity, and when cared for properly will outlive anyone alive today. Nantucket needs to invest in training workers to properly repair these historic streets. This is a trade, an artform, we can’t afford to lose. NPT is working with the town to protect the island's historic streets. 9


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antucket Island has long looked to the ocean to ­determine its future. From fishing village to international w ­ haling port to beloved seaside escape, the waters that surround Nantucket have always inspired. A National Historic Landmark with more than 800 pre-Civil War era historic structures, Nantucket is one of countless coastal communities who now must rethink its ­relationship with the sea. Keeping History Above Water: Nantucket is a two-day w ­ orkshop on Nantucket that will bring together members of the island community, stakeholders from other coastal communities across ­ the ­Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and national experts to share ­experiences and case studies. On Day One, participants will learn from the s­ uccesses and lessons of other historic coastal communities. Participants will turn their focus to Nantucket on Day Two, u­ sing state-of-the-art laser ­scanning models to help envision sea level rise and an old-fashioned roundtable discussion to propose solutions. The conference kicks off with keynote speaker Jeff Goodell, author of The Water Will Come: R ­ ising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the ­Civilized World. Photographer and explorer James Balog will speak on ­Thursday and his film, The ­Human Element, will be shown as a related event on Thursday evening. In addition, Donovan Rypkema, preservation e­ conomics expert, will give a special presentation on Friday, June 28. This is the fifth iteration of Keeping History Above Water and is a partnership between the University of Florida, Nantucket ­Preservation Trust, and Town of Nantucket, in collaboration with the Newport Restoration Foundation and ReMain Nantucket. 11




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NANTUCKET PRESERVATION TRUST 2019 EVENTS Main Street Walking Tours • 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. June - September • 11 Centre Street 'Sconset Walking Tours • 2nd and 4th Fridays, 4:00 p.m. June 14 - September 6 (No tour June 28) • 1 New Street, 'Sconset 2019 Preservation Awards • Thursday, June 20, 5:00 p.m. Nantucket Yacht Club Preservation Institute Nantucket Final Presentation Friday June 21, 12:00 p.m. • 11 Centre Street Keeping History Above Water: Nantucket Keynote presentation by Jeff Goodell Wednesday, June 26, 5:00 p.m. • Unitarian Church, 11 Orange Street Keeping History Above Water: Nantucket • Preservation Symposium Thursday, June 27, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. • White Elephant Village Conference Center Friday, June 28, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. • NantucketYacht Club Nantucket's Architectural Legacy Exhibit Opening in partnership with the NHA Friday, June 28, 6:00 p.m. • 96 Main Street NPT Annual Meeting and Afternoon Tea • Thursday, July 11, 4:30 p.m. 11 Centre Street Eldred's Auction • Saturday, July 13, 1:00 p.m. Nantucket Boys & Girls Club, 61 Sparks Avenue Sense of Place Exhibition Opening • Friday, August 2, 5:00 p.m. • 11 Centre Sense of Place Exhibition • Open daily through August 6 Annual August Fête • Broadway Revival Thursday, August 8, 6:00 p.m. • 'Sconset Casino Summer Lecture & Luncheon • Historic Preservation in the United Kingdom Paula Henderson • Thursday, August 22, 11:30 a.m. Lecture at The 'Sconset Chapel 13• Luncheon at The Chanticleer

Lost and Threatened Below: 82 Union Street, c. 1890s Opposite: Consue streetscape, 2019


Lost: Consue Streetscape

“This area has changed little over the years,” architectural ­historian Clay Lancaster writes of Union Street in his 1972 book, The Architecture of Historic Nantucket. But that was nearly 50 years ago. Like many places on Nantucket, Union Street near Consue has since changed dramatically. Noteworthy changes to the Consue streetscape took place in 2014 with the move-off of Salt Meadows Antiques, a garage/barn structure that operated as an antique store from 1983 to 2014, and the demolition of the ca. 1924 house on the property, both at 78 Union Street. A new five-lot subdivision and road were created. Over the last few years, the project has progressed, with two new homes completed. In 2017, a real estate listing for nearby 115 Washington Street Extension opined: “a ‘Summer of ‘42’ feel, with loads of old school charm.” This ­family c­ ompound consisted of four cottages, the smallest 323 square feet and the largest 1,512 square feet. Now houses built on piers, a reminder of the rising sea level, rise out of the reeds and tower above the historic house at 82 Union Street. Union Street is the gateway to the Old Historic District. Town zoning has allowed for these new developments, and larger structures than the ­surrounding historic houses have gained the Historic District Commission’s approval leaving the streetscape irrevocably altered.


Threatened: Brant Point Neighborhood When returning home to Nantucket on the ferry, there is no more w ­ elcoming scene than the summer estates on Brant Point. The area ­historically known as “Beachside,” along the north shore of Brant Point, was laid out in 1880. ­Edwin J. Hulbert purchased his lot for $200 and built one of the first houses in Beachside in 1881, known as Sandanwede. The house still stands today, having been added to over the years, as a fine example of ­Shingle Style architecture popular in East Coast resorts. The homes in the Brant Point neighborhood are evocative of another time, when multiple generations of families spent all summer long under the same rambling roof. A mix of large estates on Hulbert Avenue and Easton Street, and smaller cottages on Walsh Street, Willard Street, and their various side streets and tributaries, the Brant Point neighborhood was developed as the island reinvented itself as a resort destination.

Hulbert Avenue’s Sandanwede, c. 1881


However, just as quickly as Brant Point was developed, the area began to flood. During an October storm in 1896, The Inquirer & Mirror reported, “Brant Point was flooded, and was passable to pedestrians only as far down as the corner of Easton and Beach streets, the street below being completely submerged.” Storm surges and tidal flooding have continued in the 123 years since, ­including most recently the March storm of 2018, when some residents on Easton Street had to be evacuated. Many homeowners in the Brant Point neighborhood have already begun adapting their properties to ­contend with flooding, either by elevating the structure or installing the home’s ­mechanical systems above base flood elevation. Sea breezes, harbor views, and the ferry’s whistle as it rounds Brant Point have come to define this part of the island. Damage from sustained and f­requent flooding threatens these historic houses. As homes are lifted above base flood elevation, homeowners, architects, and the Historic District ­Commission must c­ onsider how best to balance m ­ itigation solutions with the historic character of ­ this important neighborhood. npt

Brant Point house lifted, 2019 17

The 2019 Preservation Award Recipients



PT’s Preservation Awards are presented to i­ndividuals and ­organizations that advance the cause of historic ­preservation on Nantucket. Highlighting projects and the people who ­commissioned and completed preservation work is our way of ­honoring those who demonstrate to the community that ­sensitive preservation is ­possible and rewarding. Preservation Awards ­recipients serve as restoration role models and help ensure the ­protection of the island’s historic resources for future generations. The NPT’s Preservation Awards emphasize proper preservation and sensitive new construction, showcase Nantucket’s craftspeople, and celebrate the foresight and stewardship of owners who care about our historic structures and the island landscape. ARCHITECTURAL PRESERVATION The Architectural Preservation Award recognizes the ­owner(s) of a historic structure and the building ­professionals who assisted in the completion of a s­ignificant p­ reservation project. To qualify for the award, preservation of ­building elements and features that convey the property’s historical, cultural, or architectural values is required. LANDSCAPE The Caroline A. Ellis Landscape Award recognizes the ­owner(s) of a historic landscape and the landscape ­professionals associated with the property. The award r­ecognizes the ­ ­ careful ­stewardship or preservation of a Nantucket landscape ­associated with a historic structure or area, or the completion of a new design that enhances the historic fabric of the community.


STEWARDSHIP The John A. and Katherine S. Lodge Stewardship Award ­recognizes ­owner(s) of a historic property who demonstrate a high degree of ­commitment to the preservation of the structure(s) and the island. An ­individual or organization maintaining a historic ­property or ­playing an important part in the preservation of Nantucket can also be ­nominated for this award. TRADITIONAL BUILDING METHODS The Traditional Building Methods Award recognizes c­ raftspeople who practice traditional building methods or who have made a ­major contribution to the field of historic preservation on island. Recipients must demonstrate a commitment to one or more of the ­traditional building methods—such as plastering, carpentry, ­masonry using lime-mortar, or decorative painting. HISTORICAL RENOVATION The Historical Renovation Award recognizes the owner(s) of a ­historic structure and the building professionals who assisted in the design and completion of a sensitive new addition to a historic structure. Projects should adhere strictly to the guidelines found in Building with Nantucket in Mind. NEW CONSTRUCTION The New Construction Award recognizes buildings constructed ­that ­follow the principles of the Historic District Commission and the ­guidelines outlined in Building with Nantucket in Mind. In addition to the annual awards, the NPT board of directors p­ eriodically honors those who have made a major impact on ­preservation of the ­island’s architectural heritage with the E ­ xcellence in Preservation Award. For additional information on NPT award recipients—past and present—visit online at www.nantucketpreservation.org 20

The Nantucket Preservation Trust Congratulates the 2019 Preservation Award Recipients The John A. and Katherine S. Lodge Stewardship Award Shanunga, 10 Broadway, Siasconset Kristen Williams-Haseotes

Architectural Preservation Award 86 Main Street Jeffrey Paduch and Caroline Hempstead

Historical Renovation Award 51B Centre Street Keith and Elizabeth Roe Michael Sweeney construction

The Helm, 6 Evelyn Street, Siasconset Alec and Brigid Lamon

The Caroline A. Ellis Landscape Award Florence Merriam Hill, posthumously

Traditional Building Methods Award Newton “Tony” Millham

New Construction Award 39 Main Street, Siasconset George and Nell Wilson

Preserving the Island’s Unique Architectural Heritage

86 Main Street


THE ARCHITECTURAL PRESERVATION AWARD Jeffrey Paduch and Caroline Hempstead 86 Main Street A finely detailed and early example of Greek Revival style architecture, the house at 86 Main Street commands attention. Proudly perched at the corner of Pine and Main Streets, the Allen-Crosby-Macy House was constructed in 1834 for Joseph Allen, a whaling captain who also speculated in real estate on Nantucket. Though updates to the house have been made over the years, the majority of the original finishings remained in position. Unoccupied for more than a decade, 86 Main Street would have been an intimidating project for many homeowners. Jeffrey Paduch and ­Caroline Hempstead were well suited for the challenge and sought out ­project ­manager Brian Pfeiffer. Decision making at 86 Main Street became a ­collaborative process among the owners, craftsmen, project manager, ­project engineer, architect, and landscape architect, all of whom have ­contributed to the spectacular outcome. Jeffrey and Caroline considered the history behind 86 Main Street to be an important part of their preservation planning. They understood immediately the importance of uncovering the home’s history before work began. The scope of work was immense and included: repair and re-­installation of original window sashes and glass; reproduction of louvered shutters; reproduction of replacement window sashes; four original chimney stacks with ten original fireplaces repaired and relined, fireboxes and ovens ­repaired; reconstruction of cupola; excavation beneath foundation walls and installation of traditional underpinning of granite stones to c­reate ­interior basement height to house modern mechanicals; structural repairs to ­timber-frame, west wall, southeast and southwest corners of the ell; ­repairs to interior woodwork and interior plaster; and reinstallation of ­interior shutters and doors. A project this extensive is truly a team effort. Led by homeowners Jeffrey Paduch and Caroline Hempstead, the team also includes Brian Pfeiffer, Penelope Austin, Michael Gault, Jared Baker, Amy Boyle, Colin Evans, ­Michael Burrey, Nathaniel Allen, Adam Zanelli, Newton Millham, D. ­Randall Ouellette, Gary Naylor, Todd Strout, Betsy Tyler, Luke Thornewill, Janet Kane, and Martin McGowan. 23

86 Main Street

THE HISTORICAL RENOVATION AWARD Keith and Elizabeth Roe Michael Sweeney Construction 51B Centre Street One of the largest differences between the way Nantucket’s historic ­downtown looks today and the way it looked two hundred years ago is the removal of outbuildings from the streetscape. The landscape would have been dotted with outbuildings—privies, stables, hen houses, to name a few. The guest cottage at 51B Centre Street is a 2-story wood-framed s­ tructure ­originally built as a stable for 51 Centre Street, and retains its original ­post-and-beam wood frame. The stable appears on the earliest ­Sanborn Map in 1887. ­Between 1898 and 1904, a separate structure at the west end was removed. The cottage at 51B Centre Street contributes to the island’s historic streetscape. It is rare to have survived in its original footprint and form from its beginnings as a utilitarian stable structure. Michael Sweeney Construction oversaw the restoration and renovation of its existing form, footprint, and original post-and-beam structure. A one-story addition was designed and constructed to harmonize with the existing building. Sweeney also used salvaged materials from the structure to echo the look of exposed beams in the new addition.

51B Centre Street, 2019


THE HISTORICAL RENOVATION AWARD Alec and Brigid Lamon The Helm, 6 Evelyn Street, Siasconset According to Edward F. Underhill, developer of Underhill Cottages in ’Sconset in the 1880s, The Helm was “built following the traditions of the builders of a hundred years ago, who made their houses strong and compact for comfort and convenience and with no thought that the structures they reared would ever be in demand for the residences of families from distant parts during the warm season.” The cottages were modeled after the fish houses in the village core along Broadway, Center, and Shell streets—using the same architectural vocabulary, including warts, T-shaped plans, and half gable roofs. Now an important part of the island’s architectural heritage, the U ­ nderhill Cottages (Pochick, Lily, and Evelyn Streets) are individually owned. Some of the original cottages have been heavily changed over the years, but The Helm retains much of its original architectural details and charm. The Helm has been in the Lamon family for decades, and owners Alec and ­ Brigid L­amon recently completed a careful historical renovation ­working with Angus ­MacLeod Designs. The kitchen and bathrooms were ­updated, and ­windows and insulation were added in the second-floor loft. A c­ irca 1940s wing to The Helm housed an additional bedroom but did not ­harmonize with the original structure. MacLeod took advantage of the c­ ottage’s e­ volution and designed a functional bedroom and bathroom, and installed windows and a door to the side yard that complemented the ­original ­structure yet worked to integrate the addition. An outdoor porch was e­nclosed to create a w ­ elcoming breakfast nook, but retains its old ­exposed shingles. ­Overall, The Helm is characteristic of the quirky charm of Old ’Sconset that U ­ nderhill sought to emulate. 26

Interior of The Helm, 6 Evelyn Street, 2019

The Helm, 6 Evelyn Street, 2019


TRADITIONAL BUILDING METHODS AWARD Newton “Tony” Millham Tony Millham began blacksmithing in Newport, Rhode Island in 1970, ­forging architectural hardware for the Newport R ­ estoration ­Foundation, and in 1977 he moved his shop to Westport, M ­ assachusetts. All of Tony’s work is hand forged and hand finished. Careful f­orging combined with ­filing, fitting, and finishing are necessary to reproduce the details, finish, and feel of early wrought hardware. Tony’s careful work can be found in many island homes and buildings, ­including the Old Gaol, Boston-Higginbotham House, 100 Main Street, 86 Main Street, and in ’Sconset. In addition to designs in his own catalogue, Tony r­eproduces hardware by working from client’s original examples; ­photographs; sketches; architectural drawings; or references to images in books. Not only a splendid craftsman, homeowners and project managers agree that Tony is an accessible resource. He is always happy to answer a question, aid in­installation, or teach a homeowner the skills required to install and care for his pieces.

Examples of Tony Millham’s handcrafted hardware 28

NEW CONSTRUCTION AWARD George and Nell Wilson 39 Main Street, Siasconset Perhaps the best indicator of an award-worthy New Construction project is that the only thing that sets it apart from other nearby buildings are the new cedar shake shingles. Once weathered to a soft grey, the house at 39 Main Street in ’Sconset will look as though it has always been there. ­Working with the Wilson family, designer Milton Rowland created a stately Main Street home that echoes the details of other houses that line the street and ­welcomes you to the village. Set back from the road, the new house still retains a large yard. Many of the homes on Main Street were added to over the years, creating a visual reminder of the passage of time and tastes. The exterior design of 39 Main Street mimics these older structures, c­ reating a feeling of a large family home that has been expanded over the decades. The builder for the house was Rhett Dupont of Cross Rip Builders.

39 Main Street, Siasconset, 2019


THE JOHN A. and KATHERINE S. LODGE STEWARDSHIP AWARD Kristen Williams-Haseotes Shanunga • 10 Broadway, Siasconset One of the most architecturally significant buildings in ’Sconset, ­Shanunga needed a savior. A host of issues dissuaded many potential buyers, but ­Kristen Williams­­-Haseotes was ready to take on the project. The best preservation practices guided her work, and she worked with fine craftsmen including Patrick McCarty of Nantucket Carpentry, and window restorationist, Brian FitzGibbon. The exterior of the house has been carefully restored and old timbers were retained and repaired rather than replaced. Today the old fish house has been refreshed with new shingles and restored windows—and the notable addition of a carved wooden figurehead once again graces the front yard. Previously hidden behind high hedges, the house now sits proudly as an important part of the streetscape with sensitive landscaping. The interior remains relatively untouched. Williams-Haseotes updated the kitchen and the bathroom, both in a careful manner in keeping with the rustic style of the house. The footprint of the structure also remains the same, and through her efforts, new life has been breathed into one of ’Sconset’s most adored buildings.


THE CAROLINE A. ELLIS LANDSCAPE AWARD Florence Merriam Hill, posthumously Perhaps no one person has had as much of an impact on the garden landscape of Nantucket—especially Siasconset—than Florence Hill. ­ Hill, a Starbuck descendant, grew up on Upper Main Street in the s­ tately ­Middle Brick mansion. But it was ’Sconset where Florence Hill’s i­ nfluence is still felt today. Florence and Frederick Hill owned Starbuck Cottage in the easternmost village. A landscape architect, Hill was ­single-handedly responsible for the proliferation of American Pillar ­roses on Nantucket. In 1909, she bought 1,500 roses for 22 cents each and sold them to her neighbors in ’Sconset at cost. Over the next few years she repeated this feat. The iconic rose-covered cottages exist today b­ ecause of Florence Hill.

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The Hospital Thrift Shop, 17 India Street, 2018 Siasconset Union Chapel Board of Trustees, 2017 Virginia Andrews, George Gray LLC, 55 Union Street, 2016 Nantucket Historical Association, Old Gaol, 2015 Ed and Joan Lahey, 7 Farmer Street, 2014 Michelle Elzay, Sparrow Design, 43 Pine Street, 2013 Maria Mitchell Association, Maria Mitchell Birthplace, 2012 South Church Preservation Fund, 11 Orange Street, 2011 Lucy Dillon, property owner; Steve Lindsay, contractor, 37 Liberty Street, 2010 ReMain Nantucket, Mitchell’s Book Corner, 2009 Valerie and Richard Norton, numerous projects, 2008 Bernie and Carol Coffin, ’Sconset Post Office, 2007 Ginger Ivey, 8 Cottage Avenue, ’Sconset, 2007


Mariann Berg (Hundahl) Appley, 69 Main Street, 2018 Dale Gary, Town Arborist, 2017 Paula Lundy Levy, Tuck’t In: A Walking Tour of Historic Prospect Hill Cemetery, 2016 Nantucket Conservation Foundation, 2014 Nantucket Garden Club, Main Street Horse Fountain, 2013 Charlotte and MacDonald Mathey, Hedged About, ’Sconset, 2012 Dr. and Mrs. John Espy, 4 New Dollar Lane, 2011 Marilyn Whitney, Moors End, 19 Pleasant Street, 2010 Caroline Ellis, ’Sconset Trust, Sankaty Head Lighthouse, 2009

THE JOHN A. AND KATHERINE S. LODGE STEWARDSHIP AWARD The Harris family, John Ray House, 8 Ray’s Court, 2018 Rodts family, 5 Broadway, 2017 Constance Umberger, 3 Bear Street, 2017 Elizabeth Hilger, 139 Main Street, 2017 Noyes family, 90 North Liberty Street, 2017 Mark and Gwenn Snider, Nantucket Hotel, 2016 Liz Coffin and Matt and Sheila Fee, 106 Main Street Façade, 2016 Jason Tilroe, 75 Main Street, 2015 Muriel Williams, posthumously, 4 Traders Lane, 2014 St. Paul’s Church in Nantucket, Stained-Glass Restoration, 2013 Nantucket Historical Association, Photographic Image Archive, 2012 Fremont-Smith family, Atlantic House, ’Sconset, 2011 Margaret Yates Berkheimer, posthumously, 8 Pine Street, 2010 Sanford Kendall, numerous carpentry projects, 2009 Clarissa Porter, 5 Quince Street, 2008 Katherine S. Lodge, 94 Main Street, 2008


Wayne Morris, Mason, 2018 John Wathne and Structures North, 2017 Brian FitzGibbon, 2016 David Bergquist, Bergquist Masonry LLC, 2014 Sam and Ellen Phelan, property owners;Twig Perkins, contractor, 65 Pleasant Street, 2013 Curtis Livingston, 18 India Street, 2012 Michael Burrey, timber framer, 2011 Pen Austin, plaster and lime-mortar expert, 2010


Paul McLeod and Jamie Pfaff, 29 Liberty Street, 2015 Angus and Deb MacLeod, Angus MacLeod Designs; Johnson, Stockton and Jones families, property owners, for 9, 12, 14, and 15 Pochick Street, ’Sconset, 2013


Emeritus Development, Nantucket Yacht Club Dormitory, 4 South Beach Street, 2018 Elizabeth Churchill, Bentley & Churchill Architects, 5 Grand Avenue, 2017 Robert and Martha Lipp, 251 Polpis Road, 2015


University of Florida’s Preservation Institute: Nantucket, 2013 Brian Pfeiffer, 2012 Helen Seager, 1999 Walter Beinecke Jr., 1998

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American Pillar Rose

What makes the rose-covered-cottage such a nostalgic icon of old Nantucket? On a hazy summer day, when fog is the same color grey as weathered shingles, hot pink climbing roses command our attention and instantly transport us back to a simpler time. So saturated with color, Rosa 'American Pillar' is a vibrant flower, clambering up the shingles and roofs of homes that have withstood hundreds of years. The contrast between antique cottage and lively rose reminds us that thoughtful landscape design works in concert with historic preservation. Living landscapes often bridge the gap between historic buildings and the modern day.


On Nantucket, there are many varieties of climbing rose but none so recognizable as Rosa 'American Pillar'. “That color is so synonymous with Nantucket summers,” Julie Jordin of The Garden Design Company says. First bred by Dr. Van Fleet in 1902, American Pillar came to Nantucket just a few years later. Landscape architect Florence Hill, a Starbuck descendant, was single-handedly responsible for the proliferation of Rosa 'American Pillar' on the island. In 1909, Hill used her professional contacts to get a good price on roses. She bought a thousand Rosa 'American Pillar' for 22 cents each and sold them to her neighbors in ’Sconset at cost. The following year, she bought 1,500 roses and repeated the process. Drought resistant and shade tolerant, Rosa 'American Pillar' is beautiful but tough. “It was a real stroke of genius for Florence to plant them,” Jordin says. Jordin is one of the organizers of The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days event on Nantucket. This year, attendees will have a chance to view some of the gardens connected to Florence Hill. While Florence was perhaps the first to introduce Nantucket to the rambling rose, Craig Beni at Surfing Hydrangea Nursery works to make sure the iconic flower is available to modern landscapers and homeowners. “Still to this day, people come in and say, “Do you have the ’Sconset rose?” Beni says. There are all kinds of roses in ’Sconset, but customers overwhelmingly brought in cuttings and photos of Rosa 'American Pillar'. “Some varieties, when people bring in cuttings, we can source. But with American Pillar, there was no large production nursery growing that plant. You had to go to one of two or three historic, heritage rose suppliers that could send you rooted sprigs in the mail,” Beni says. Surfing Hydrangea works with a supplier who is up for the challenge of producing climbing and rambling roses in a significantly more mature state than other nurseries offer. This means the roses are ready and raring to climb. Now, because of landscape architects and others who care for Nantucket’s gardens past and present, Rosa 'American Pillar' continues to command attention on a summer’s day. “Nantucket is a dramatic place because it has such a sense of place,” Jordin says, “You have to honor that sense of place for it to feel authentic.” It is hard to think of a more dramatic scene than a house steeped in history, wrapped up in roses. 37

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Summer Lecture & Luncheon

presented by Nantucket Preservation Trust Join us at our 2019 Lecture An Embarrassment of Riches: Preservation Across the Pond with Historian and Author Paula Henderson followed by luncheon at The Chanticleer Thursday, August 22 • 11:30 a.m. Siasconset Union Chapel Tickets $125 Register online at nantucketpreservation.org or call 508.228.1387 to reserve your tickets


An Embarrassment of Riches: Preservation Across the Pond England has more well-preserved historic buildings than anywhere else in the world. Many of these are still in private hands; others are under the protection of English ­Heritage/Historic England and the National Trust. Conservation is a crucial issue, but so is interpretation, especially for houses that are open to the public. In addition to her academic work, Paula Henderson acts as an expert consultant on buildings and landscapes, particularly of the Tudor and early Stuart periods (the 16th and early 17th centuries). Her lecture will focus on the various heritage organizations that protect buildings, the ­listing system and the changing attitudes towards presentation of h­ istoric sites, all based on her fascinating experiences working as a consultant on some of the most important country houses in England. Paula Henderson is an independent architectural and garden ­historian with a Ph.D. from the Courtauld Institute of Art. She lectures widely in Britain and in the United States and has ­published over sixty articles on English houses and their ­settings. Her book, The Tudor House and Garden: ­Architecture and ­Landscape in the 16th and early 17th Centuries (Yale ­University Press), won the Berger Prize for the outstanding ­contribution to the h­ istory of British art in 2005. As the most eminent expert on Tudor and early Stuart landscapes, she has acted as a consultant for the National Trust, English Heritage and Historic England, as well as being an expert witness in some of the most controversial recent planning inquiries. For more ­information, visit paulahenderson.net.

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Kick Up Your Heels...

at the “Broadway Revival ”

14th Annual August F�te ’Sconset Casino 10 New Street, Siasconset Thursday, August 8, 2019 42

NPT’s Annual August Fête

BROADWAY REVIVAL Thursday, August 8, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

join us for cocktails and hearty hors d ’ oeuvres as we tour houses in the heart of historic ’ sconset village This year’s Broadway Revival Fête will take place in ’Sconset and honor the village’s historic actors’ colony and the golden age of the silent screen. (Think feather boas, flappers, and seersucker.) The ’Sconset Casino, a storied social club that has been at the heart of the community for 120 years, will host our soiree. Our unique Sense of Place exhibition and auction highlights the work of artists whose work is inspired by the island. Imagine an elevated block party with food and libations by Nantucket Catering Company, raw bar, and music by The Shep Cats, coupled with a chance to peek inside some of the island’s most unique historic homes.

General admission tickets to the Fête go on sale June 15. For tickets and information, please visit www.nantucketpreservation.org or call the NPT office at 508-228-1387.

The Nantucket Preservation Trust is most grateful to our corporate ­underwriters: CHUBB and Susan Zises Green, Inc. as well as to our sponsors and Fête leaders, and Event Coordinator, ACKtivities. 43

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Chubb’s proud history of protection and preservation on Nantucket Years before they became known as Chubb, our predecessor companies were protecting Nantucket businessmen through the Insurance Company of North America (INA). Evidence of these early policies can be seen in historical documents, such as a receipt book (1793–1794) of John Topliff, a Philadelphia merchant, which survives today at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Topliff, it seems, purchased a marine policy from INA on December 28, 1793, a little over a year after INA opened for business. The policy covered $2,000 of goods on the sloop Ann from Nantucket to Philadelphia. Ann’s master (captain) was George Gardner III, thought to be a member of the prominent Nantucket whaling family. Today, Chubb continues the long tradition of protection and preservation on Nantucket as a proud sponsor of the Nantucket Preservation Trust, and by recognizing the unique protection needs of historic homes. With Chubb insurance, owners of historic homes can recreate the aesthetic qualities they love in the home after a covered loss right down to the details that make their house a home. That might mean rebuilding a broken roofwalk or recreating a damaged hand-painted mural depicting a whaling expedition or rolling landscape. Because Chubb is also dedicated to preventing loss from happening in the first place, many Chubb clients receive a residential appraisal to help determine the proper amount and type of coverage needed. Chubb risk consultants are trained in architecture and interior design, historic home preservation, and security and fire safety evaluation, and can make recommendations to protect families, their homes, and their valuable possessions from intruders, fire, and other hazards. Chubb also has a network of resources to help replace or replicate unique features of a home in the event of a covered loss. To learn more about Chubb insurance, visit expectmore.chubb.com 45

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David Lazarus Gallery Show Opening Reception: Friday, August 2nd, 6pm—9pm • Show continues through August 14 Robert Foster Fine Art • 8 India Street • 508.221.3056

To Benefit nantucket preservation trust __________________________ Opening Night Reception • Sherburne Hall • 11 Centre St. August 2, 2018 • 5 P.M.-7 P.M. Exhibition at Sherburne Hall • August 3 - August 6 Open weekdays: 9.A.M.-5 P.M. • Saturday and Sunday: 10 A.M.-2 P.M. Final Bidding on Silent Auction at the NPT August Fête • August 8 • ’Sconset Casino • 6 P.M. – 9 P.M. www. nantucketpreservation.org 49


WEATHERED NANTUCKET SCULPTURES ARTIST ~ KELLEY JEPSON Birds ~ Whales ~ Any Animals Hand-Woven Play Houses and Arbors kelleygreenart@gmail.com| 413.404.8665 51

’Sconset Fish Houses: The Origins of the Rose-Covered Cottage by Michael May 52 52


lthough referred to as ’Sconset’s rose-covered cottages or whale houses, the old dwellings you see along Broadway, Center and Shell streets were originally known as fish houses.Traveling to and from ’Sconset was not easy in the early days, so these structures sprang up to accommodate overnight stays. The exact date of construction of most fish houses is unknown, but several likely date to the last quarter of the 1600s, with the majority dating to the eighteenth century. As early as 1758, twenty-seven shares, or parcels, were laid out by the proprietors who were perhaps recording the number of fish houses at the time. The fish houses were built facing east to the sea and huddled near each other atop the bank, with narrow lanes between them—enough room for carts and pedestrian use. Most of the dwellings were constructed at critical times such as during the rise of the whaling industry, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812. During the War of 1812, the island was cut off by British blockades and fish from ’Sconset provided a vital part of the island food supply. All early fish houses were developed in a similar manner—much like the houses in town— in that there was a pattern to their design, one that met the social mores of the community.The ’Sconset fish house was to ’Sconset as the Typical Nantucket House was to town. Unlike the Typical Nantucket House, the most prolific Quaker house built in town between the 1760s and 1830s, the ’Sconset fish house was built only for seasonal use. The interior was simple with one main or Great Room and two tiny Chambers alongside it forming a rectangular plan and divided into rooms by thin board walls. Wood floors and plaster walls were eventually introduced, and the chambers were often extended with shed-roof additions known locally as “warts”, that provided additional chamber space and brought the sloping roofs close to the ground. With the addition of warts, the fish house formed a L (with one wart) or a T-shaped plan (with two warts). The low pitch of the roof –sometimes only 13 feet to the ridge—also helped to protect the house during storms and fierce winds. The form was so popular that late 18th and early 19th century fish houses such as 3 Broadway and 2 Center Street were built with their warts as part of the original design. 53


With the dwindling of the cod fishery in the 1770s, the village gained the attention of merchants, sea captains, and other leading citizens who came with their families to fish, relax, and often to recover from a long journey or illness. Over time lateral and rear additions to the fish houses were built to accommodate growing families. These new additions often had a chimney behind the original fireplace in the main room as well as simple board interior walls with battens along the seams. Make-do ladders to the loft as well as circular larder storage were built with access through wood floors. With the turn to a tourist economy in the late 1800s, the old T-shaped fish house began to evolve in earnest. Two story wings and porches were added, paving the way for new forms in the village—one common to other seaside villages on the mainland. Perhaps the best examples of the fish houses are found along Broadway and include Shanunga, The Maples, Auld Lang Syne, Dexioma, Nauticon Lodge, and the Old Gardner House. npt For more details pick up a copy of NPT’s new book, ’Sconset: House by House. Tour inside several fish houses at this year's August Fête.


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preservation practices Interview with Colin Evans

f you have been to the Nantucket Preservation Awards ­ceremony in recent years, you might have met Colin Evans. In just six years on Nantucket, Colin has already made a name for h­ imself as a craftsman with a solid grounding in historic preservation. He has worked on numerous award-winning projects alongside master craftsman like Pen Austin and Michael Gault, and recently established his own business—Colin Evans Preservation and Restoration. With a hand in everything from timber frame repair to masonry and lime plaster work, Colin approaches a project with a whole-house u­ nderstanding. Originally from New Hampshire, Colin arrived on the island late one summer. With a background in mechanics, he secured work at the docks. But when the rest of the summer crowds left, Colin stayed and began working with Pen Austin. “In my life before,” Colin says, “everything I knew was modern, but I took a liking to traditional materials.” Colin stresses the importance of the on-the-job training he received while apprenticing with Pen. There are some lessons you just won’t learn in a classroom. It wasn’t long before Colin saw that the island’s historic structures were threatened. “Even in those first few years, I saw building m ­ aterial get lost and destroyed on Nantucket,” he says. Recalling 27 Easy Street, an early art gallery that was torn down, he says, "I saw a perfectly fine structure thrown away." It is clear Colin has a real reverence for the past and for the work of those who came before him. He wonders what his historic counterparts might have thought when they encountered a new hand tool— objects that seem old fashioned to us today were at one time technological innovations. How long did it take for new technologies to reach the faraway island? 57

While Colin can’t talk directly to the people who originally constructed or even repaired the properties he works on, they’ve left clues to be deciphered. “You can see the repairs, their thought process,” he says, recalling a recent project on Fair Street. And despite the centuries that span between Colin and the work of the original craftsman, he considers the rhythms of island life that link them. He knows what it is like to work in terrible weather, to wait for the boats to start running again, and to dig out from a sudden April snow squall. It comes as no surprise that someone as curious as Colin is a great i­ nstructor. Colin has led traditional building demonstrations for North Bennet Street School students, and those just entering the field often seek Colin out to learn more. Educating the homeowner about the importance of ­historic building materials, their history and their care, is an important part of ­preservation and one Colin enjoys. With projects from Main Street in town to Broadway in ’Sconset, you may have already admired Colin Evans’ work. npt Contact Colin Evans Preservation and Restoration, LLC by visiting www.ceprllc.com.

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Colin Evans at work at the Pacific Club

NPT House Markers & Histories

Mark Your historic House


very year, NPT completes research for property owners to help unlock their home’s past. Deed research, the first step, can assist in uncovering key information such as who built a house, the first owner’s occupation, and the date of construction. We can use this information to mark a house and to provide a bit of history for the passerby. “Fort Sumter” Crosby Family c. 1870 The house at 23 Ocean Avenue was likely constructed c. 1870 for the Crosby Family. Matthew Crosby was a wealthy whale-oil merchant who owned many properties on Nantucket. His in-town house was 90 Main Street, and his summer estate was on 28 Main Street, ­’Sconset. Crosby purchased the lot in May of 1894, one month after it was ­advertised for sale in The Inquirer and Mirror. The lot was formerly known as the “Elkins” lot and was owned by ­Captain Edward W. Gardner before Crosby. After Gardner’s death, Crosby purchased the lot from his son-in-law William. G. Gardner, and William’s wife (and Crosby’s daughter), Elizabeth B. Crosby Gardner. Matthew Crosby and his heirs owned the property until August 1879, when it was sold to Edward Finch Underhill, who was responsible for much of the development in the Sunset Heights area of ’Sconset. Within six weeks of purchasing the property, Underhill began making improvements to the house. In our research, we found that the house was given a name at one point (at least by 1879)—“Fort Sumter,” the first battle of the ­American ­Civil War. We know that when Crosby bought the land in 1864, there was no dwelling on the lot, but there was one by the time Underhill ­purchased the property in 1879. We believe the house was ­constructed a few years after the war and the name likely chosen to honor the Union victory. npt 61


House Histories NANTUCKET

A Special Program Offered by

Nantucket Preservation Trust Every historic Nantucket house has a story. Do you know yours? Unlock the history of your home with a Nantucket Preservation Trust House History. We offer three levels of house histories: our brief history, our house genealogy and our comprehensive history. For more information, visit our Web site: www.nantucketpreservation.org or contact us at 11 Centre Street, P.O. Box 158, Nantucket, MA 02554 508-228-1387

Are you inspired by old buildings? Want to expand your career in the construction field?

Build on the Past  Train for the Future  Consider learning or expanding your knowledge of traditional building techniques. These much sought-after crafts can provide you with skills to restore Nantucket’s historic architecture. Through its Mary Helen and Michael Fabacher Scholarship Program, NPT is dedicated to providing full-time study and workshops for island residents. Timber framing, joinery, plastering, masonry, and more... For further information, contact: Nantucket Preservation Trust 11 Centre Street • P.O. Box 158 Nantucket, MA 02554 508-228-1387


NPT Architectural Preservation Fund The goal of the NPT Architectural Preservation Fund is to encourage ­community-wide efforts to protect Nantucket’s historic architecture.The fund brings recognition to key projects, emphasizes the importance of proper p­ reservation work, and encourages community support. Mary Helen and Michael Fabacher Scholarship

The Mary Helen and Michael Fabacher Scholarship was ­established by the NPT (with generous support from the Fabachers) to ­offer Nantucketers the opportunity to enhance their b­uilding skills ­ through a scholarship to the preservation-carpentry ­program at the North B ­ ennet Street School in Boston. Our goal in e­ stablishing this ­scholarship is to provide educational o­ pportunities to encourage and promote traditional building m ­ ethods ­essential for the preservation of Nantucket’s historic architecture. Additionally, the program p­romotes ­ understanding of traditional building methods by sponsoring field trips to the North Bennet Street School for middle- and ­high-school students, coordinating on-island demonstration ­projects for all age groups, and assisting the island building trades by offering short ­courses for learning traditional building methods. Help us complete our scholarship endowment fund campaign by ­donating today. For more information about the scholarship program or to donate, call Michael May, NPT’s executive director, at 508-228-1387. 65

AN INTERVIEW WITH ERICSON BONILLA 2018-2019 Mary Helen and Michael Fabacher Scholarship Recipient


e checked in with Mary Helen and Michael Fabacher Scholarship recipient Ericson Bonilla ­ (Nantucket High School class of 2018) who just finished his first year at Wentworth Institute of Technology where he is studying architecture. Before attending Wentworth, Ericson interned with Matthew MacEachern of Emeritus Development, an architectural design, planning, and development firm on Nantucket (and winner of 2018 Nantucket Preservation Trust New Construction Award). Ericson said his internship helped prepare him well for his first year at Wentworth. In his first year, Ericson began by learning the basics. By second ­semester, students moved on from designing cubes and pavilions to “seeing what we could imagine,” Ericson said. In one project, students went to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. ­After browsing the galleries, students chose a favorite art piece to study and inspire a building design. Ericson chose ­Degas’s “Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer” sculpture because he was interested in the shadows the gallery lights cast through the sculpture. His final project was to design a bookstore that would hold old books and old maps, a topic dear to our hearts here at NPT. In his second year, Ericson is looking forward to taking more studio blocks, architecture history and theory, and technology classes. Spring semester, he will work with an architect. This summer, Ericson is ­hoping to intern at another design firm. We wish Ericson the best of luck with his second year at Wentworth and look forward to seeing what he designs next. npt 67

Visit the birthplace of Maria Mitchell, America’s first woman astronomer and first professor at Vassar College. Daily seasonal tours. Workshops and programs are held throughout the year. Nantucket Preservation Trust‘s Architectural Preservation Award (2012) Voted one of the top ten women’s history sites in the U.S.

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CLARISSA PORTER PRESERVATION EASEMENT FUND Clarissa Porter (1939–2012), a former NPT board member, was a tireless and passionate advocate for preservation and had a lifelong love of Nantucket and its historic architecture. She served as a member, since its inception, of the NPT Easement Committee, and her diligent work led directly to preservation easements on several properties and raised awareness of NPT and its mission. Clarissa’s summer home at 5 Quince Street became the first property on the island to have its interior features protected by a preservation restriction. Because of Clarissa’s generosity and passion for historic Nantucket, the easement program is named in her honor. Please consider a donation to the fund restricted for easement protection and assistance. For more information, visit us online or call the NPT office.

Nantucket PhotoArt GARTH GRIMMER, PHOTOGRAPHER nantucketphotoart.com garthphotography@comcast.net 508.221.4510 71

Preservation easements Preservation easements (called restrictions in Massachusetts) are ­designed to protect the architectural integrity of a property. Today, placing an easement is the single best way to ensure your property is protected FOREVER and it is the ultimate gift to the island ­community. In many cases, substantial tax benefits can also be achieved for your ­donation. Easements are placed on the exterior of a historic property, but can also include the interior plan, individual rooms, and protect important features. At the same time, NPTs preservation easements are designed to allow for upgrades and continued use of the property and usually excludes areas such as bathrooms, kitchens or other areas that may not retain historic elements or that need to be upgraded in the future. Each easement is tailored by the NPT and its owner to protect historic features and to address concerns and needs of the property owner. In addition, NPT’s role continues after the easement is in place. NPT is charged with annual monitoring of the easement and oversees any work and changes that might be needed over time. NPT is also available to subsequent owners to serve as a preservation resource and to assist them with future work.


NPT EASEMENT PROPERTIES First Congregational Church and Old North Vestry 62 Centre Street Quaker Meeting House 7 Fair Street Fire Hose Cart House 8 Gardner Street

Rescom Palmer House 9 New Mill Street

Daniel Worth House 10 Gardner Street (pending)

Antone Sylvia Grocery Store 79 Orange Street (pending)

Greater Light 8 Howard Street

Grafton Gardner House 8 Pine Street

The Nantucket Atheneum 1 India Street

Nathaniel Hussey House 5 Quince Street

Hospital Thrift Shop 17 India Street

Captain Peleg Bunker House 4 Traders Lane

Mitchell-Beinecke House 69 Main Street

John B. Nicholson House 55 Union Street (pending)

Jabez Bunker/Prince Gardner House 85 Main Street

Maria Mitchell Birthplace 1 Vestal Street

Captain Thaddeus Coffin House 89 Main Street

Maria Mitchell Library Vestal Street

Hadwen-Wright House 94 Main Street

Maria Mitchell Observatory Vestal Street (pending)

Thomas Starbuck House 11 Milk Street

American Legion 21 Washington Street (pending)

1800 House 4 Mill Street

Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin Lancasterian School 4 Winter Street Boston-Higginbotham House 27 York Street

For more information about preservation easements, call the NPT office or visit us online www.nantucketpreservation.org. 73



2018: A Year in Review


Perhaps the biggest news from 2018 was the addition of three new staff members to the NPT team, Mary Bergman, Director of Media and ­Communications, joined the staff January 2018; Michelle Whelan, Director of Development, started in February 2018; and Julie Kever, Administrative Assistant, began work in April 2018, increasing the NPT staff from two to four. Led by Executive ­Director Michael May, the NPT is thrilled to have a great team working for preservation of our island.


Building on the success of our inaugural symposium, NPT held a s­­maller oneday preservation workshop, Decisions in Preservation: U ­ nderstanding, R ­ epairing, th and Preserving Historic Nantucket Houses on June 7 . This i­ntensive workshop was eye-opening for home owners, preservation ­professionals, and hobbyists alike. Over 50 attendees, including two c­ ommunity s­ cholarship recipients and a dozen Preservation Institute N ­ antucket ­students, toured four homes in various stage of preservation, from an ­untouched home at 6 Gull Island Lane to a house-inprogress at 10 ­Martin’s Lane to completed restorations at 55 Union Street and 14 ­Orange Street. Lectures from local experts taught attendees how to read and research a historic structure. This scaled-down event allowed for an intimate look at four Nantucket houses.

Nantucket Preservation Symposium Workshop Decisions in Preservation: Understanding, Repairing, and Preserving Historic Nantucket Houses Wednesday Evening, June 6 and All Day Thursday, June 7, 2018




In 2018, NPT marked the twelfth consecutive year of its awards program, which has honored dozens of owners, preservationists, and craftspeople. More than one hundred members, members of the preservation community, and award recipients and their families attended the June 28th ceremony at the Nantucket Yacht Club, generously sponsored by Michael Kovner and Jean Doyen de Montaillou.

NPT’S CORE PROGRAMS, MARKERS, H ­ ISTORIES, AND EASEMENTS provide the opportunity to educate, docu-

ment, and protect the island’s historic properties. Among the many 2018 accomplishments was the completion of the preservation restriction for the Mitchell Beinecke House and garden at 69 Main Street and a comprehensive history for the John Ray House along Ray’s Court. 8 Ray’s Court NANTUCKET

A House History



Hollis Webb completed his studies at the North Bennet Street School’s preservation ­carpentry program, in part with a scholarship from NPT’s Mary Helen and Michael F­ abacher Scholarship Fund. Nantucket High 2018 ­ ­graduate and Fabacher Scholarship recipient Ericson B ­ onilla began his studies at Wentworth Institute of Technology in the fall of 2018, where he is studying architecture.

FUND AND FRIEND RAISERS One hundred and fifty guests attended the Summer Lecture and L­ uncheon to hear Gil Schafer at the Great Harbor Yacht Club on July 19 and enjoyed lunch on the lawn.

Over four hundred guests participated in August Fête activities along School Street in August—including Sense of Place Exhibition opening on August 2; historic house tours, silent auction, and tented reception on August 9; and Antiques Show preview breakfast on August 10. One hundred guests joined NPT and the Nantucket Historical Association to hear Richard Rene Silvin speak about Addison Mizner, infamous society architect of Palm Beach on August 23. 79

2018 Leadership Members Mr. and Mrs. Doug Abbey Ms. Elizabeth Churchill Mr. James W. Abbott and Ms. Christina Craighead Ms. Debby Vander Woude Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Craven Mr. and Mrs. Leigh J. Abramson Ms. Amanda Cross Mr. and Mrs. Lee S. Ainslie Mr. Marvin H. Davidson Ms. Susan Akers Ms. Anne Delaney amd Mr. Calvin Carver, Jr. Mr. Jeffrey Allen and Ms. Betty Browning Mr. Philip Didriksen Mr. and Mrs. Edgar D. Ancona Mr. and Mrs. Bradford Dimeo Mr. and Mrs. Sandy Apgar Mr. Richard Doyle and Ms. Kate O'Kelly Mr. and Mrs. Chris W. Armstrong Dr. and Mrs. William H. Druckemiller Dr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Arvay Ms. Lisa Quattrocchi Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Bailey, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Douglass N. Ellis, Jr. Mrs. Walter F. Ballinger, II Michelle Elzay, Sparrow Designs Mr. David Barham and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Elzay Ms. Laurie Robertson Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Fabacher Mr. and Mrs. David H. Barlow Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fahrenkopf Ritchie, and Westray and Katie Battle Ms. Mary Ellen G. Ferrel Mr. and Mrs. David Beardsley Ms. Barbara J. Fife Mr. and Mrs. Scott Beardsley Mrs. Anne C. Foley Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Beaugrand Mr. and Mrs. Alan Forster Mrs. Deborah Belichick Mr. Andrew Forsyth and Mr. Allan Bell Ms. Kelly Williams Mr. and Mrs. Gary Beller Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Fox Bergquist Masonry LLC Mr. Robert Franklin and Mr. Charles Mappin Ms. Ann Bissinger & Mr. Mark Poor Mr. and Mrs. Gregory T. Garland Susan Blair and David Shukis Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Geschke Mrs. Robert H. Bolling, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Giovine Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bousa Mr. and Mrs. Mark Godfrey Mr. and Mrs. William Brandt, Jr. Mrs. Susan Zises Green Mr. Guy Bristow and Ms. Barbara Presta Mr. and Mrs. Edward Greenberg Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Brome Mr. and Mrs. Evan Greenberg Mrs. Christina Lee Brown, II Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Greenberg Mr. and Mrs. David S. J. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. Grote Dr. Marcia J. Browne, MD and Mr. and Mrs. Philip G. Gulley Jeffrey W Clarke, MD Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Hale Mr. and Mrs. William C. Buck Mr. and Mrs. Jay M. Hammer Dr. and Mrs. George P. Butterworth Mr. and Mrs. Jay Harman Ms. Martha A. Carr Mrs. Donald C. Harris Mr. John B. Carroll Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hay Mr. and Mrs. David Cheek Mrs. William H. Hays, III 80

Mr. and Mrs. Christian Hoffman Mr. and Mrs. Peter Millard Mr. Frank Holahan and Ms. Rose Gonnella Mr. and Mrs. Herbert B. Mittenthal Mr. and Mrs. Peter B. Holmes Mr. and Mrs. Earl Mix Mr. and Mrs. James R. Holt, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Moore, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Amos B. Hostetter, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Mortenson Ms. Wendy Hubbell Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Yvonne Moser Mr. J. Pepper Frazier Mr. and Mrs. George R. Mrkonic, Jr. Mrs. Elizabeth Jacobsen Mr. and Mrs. Craig H. Muhlhauser Mr. Ken Jennings and Mr. Al Messina Mr. Maxwell Mundy and Mr. and Mrs. John Moller Rev. J. Carr Holland, lll Dr. and Mrs. Douglas Johnson Britt and Diane Newhouse Charitable Fund Ms. Barbara Ellis Jones Mr. and Mrs. Rick Nopper Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Judy Mr. and Mrs. G. Philip Nowak Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. Kelly Ms. Monica and Stephen Jennings O'Neil Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kinsley Mr. and Mrs. Austin O'Toole Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Kirkeby Mr. and Mrs. Harry M. Ostrander Mr. Daniel Korengold & Mr. and Mrs. Dennis W. Perry Ms. Martha Dippell Mr. and Mrs. Samuel P. Phelan Mr. and Mrs. Eric Kraeutler Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Philbrick Mr. and Mrs. William Kupper, Jr. Ms. Kristene Pierce Mrs. Nancy Wilson Lampe Mr. and Mrs. James W. Pierson Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Larsen Dr. William Porter and Ms. Peggy Davis Mr. and Mrs. Edward P. Lawrence Mr. and Mrs. Mark Groenstein Dr. and Mrs. Byron Lingeman Mrs. Ella Wall Prichard Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lorenzo Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Quick Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Lowry Racemaker Charitable Fund Ms. Mary-Adair Macaire Mr. and Mrs. Harry T. Rein Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Maffeo Mr. and Mrs. George M. Rich Mrs. Seymour G. Mandell Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Richards Mrs. William B. Matteson Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy P. Richardson Mr. Michael May and Mr. Housley Carr Mr. and Mrs. J. Barton Riley Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. McCarthy Mr. and Mrs. George E. Roach Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin McGrath Mr. and Mrs. A. Francis Robinson Mr. and Mrs. Eugene G. McGuire Mr. and Mrs. Peter Rodts Mr. and Mrs. Martin McKerrow Mr. and Mrs. David Ross Ms. Joanna McNeil Lewis Mr. and Mrs. Milton C. Rowland Mr. and Mrs. R. Alan Medaugh Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Sabelhaus Mr. and Mrs. Richard Menschel Mrs. Bonnie J. Sacerdote Mr. and Mrs. Richard Metzler Mr. Gerald Schwartz and Mr. Jason Michel Ms. Heather Reisman 81

Mrs. William A. Sevrens Mr. James Donald Shockey and Ms. Mary Farland Mr. and Mrs. Karl and Yvette Slatoff Reverend Georgia A. Snell Mr. and Mrs. Greg Spivy Mr. and Mrs. John C. Stahler Mr. Peter C. Steingraber Mr. and Mrs. Harris Stone Mr. and Mrs. Jordan M. Stone Mr. and Mrs. Craig Strehlow Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sullivan Mr. and Mrs. William M. Sullivan Mr. and Mrs. John Sussek, Jr. Mr. Jonathan C. Swain Mr. and Mrs. Greg Swart Mr. Michael Sweeney Mrs. Frank Tolsdorf Mr. Robert Troxell Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Verney Ms. Lynda Vickers-Smith Mrs. Will Waller Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Webb, III Mr. and Mrs. David Webber Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Weinstock Mr. and Mrs. J. Robinson West Mr. and Mrs. F. Helmut Weymar Mr. and Mrs. F. Brand Whitlock Mr. and Mrs. John R. Whitney Mr. and Mrs. Edward I. Wight Mr. Henry K. Willard, II Mr. and Mrs. Jay Wilson Mr. and Mrs. David S. Wolff Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Wright *Every effort was made to ensure the above and following lists are complete and accurate. If an error of omission was made at press-time, please don’t hesitate to let us know by calling our office at 508-228-1387, or emailing us at info@nantucket preservation.org. Thank you. 82

2018 general Members Mr. and Mrs. Pennel Ames Mrs. Jeanne R. Dickinson Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Anathan Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Dolan Ms. Molly Anderson Mr. and Mrs. Robert Donohoe Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dowsett Mrs. Gale H. Arnold Ms. Trudy Dujardin Ms. Joan Badie Mr. and Mrs. Lee Dunn Mr. and Mrs. John A. Baldwin Mr. Matthew MacEachern Mr. and Mrs. William H. Barney Ms. Marsha Fader Ms. Deborah N. Batchelor Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Farrell Mr. and Mrs. John W. Belash Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Fee Ms. Carol Bellmaine Mr. Taylor Fernley Mr. and Mrs. John D. Bennett Mr. and Mrs. Eric Finger Mr. and Mrs. Brian Berger Prof. J. Scott Finn and Mr. Charles Caldwell Nils & Carolyn Berglund Dr. and Mrs. Josef E. Fischer Mr. B. Armyan Bernstein and Mrs. Judith Flynn Ms. Christine Meleo-Bernstein Mr. and Mrs. William M. Folberth, III Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Besecker Ms. Ingrid Francis Mr. Donald Best Mr. and Mrs. J. Michael Frascati Mrs. James Blackmore Joseph & Cynthia Freeman Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Boasberg Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Fremont-Smith Ms. Ann P. Bond Mr. and Mrs. Craig Gambee Ms.Caroline Borrelli Mr. and Mrs. Carl Gewirz Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Boucai Mr. and Mrs. Whitney Gifford Ms. Barbara May Bowman Drs. Margaret B. and John N. Goldman Dr. and Mrs. Michael Bralower Mr. and Mrs. Peter L. Goldsmith Ms. Elizabeth Brinkerhoff Mr. Ryan Gordon Mr. Paul Brody & Ms. Debra Goldstein Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gosh Mrs. Arthur G. Broll Ms. Toby Greenberg Mr. and Mrs. David A. Brownlee Mr. and Mrs. Wade Greene Mr. and Mrs. James Buckman Mr. Robert Remar & Ms. Victoria Greenhood Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Buechle The Hon. and Mrs. Ray W. Grubbs Ms. Cary Hazlegrove & Mr. Andy Bullington Mrs. Jean R. Haffenreffer Mr. and Mrs. Coleman P. Burke Ms. Barbara Halsted Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Burton Mr. and Mrs. Henry Harding, Jr. Ms. Peggy Capone Butler Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Heath Mr. and Mrs. Peter F. Campanella Mrs. Peter S. Heller Ms. Ingela Carlsson Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Heyda Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Catlin, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Hilzenrath Mr. Howard B. Chadwick, Jr. Ms. Martha Himes Mr. and Mrs. John Chatfield-Taylor Mr. James Hoon Mr. Peter Classen Mr. and Mrs. James Houser Mr. and Mrs. Bernard L. Coffin Mr. Robert Hoyt, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William Colgan Mr. and Mrs. George J. Hubbs Ms. Marion Roland Conley Ms. Gloria Jarecki Mr. and Mrs. Steve Conway Mrs. Priscilla Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Gary Creem Ms. Barbara Joyce Mr. Richard C. Crisson and Mr. Rod O'Hanley Mr. Michael Kelly Mr. Chris Dallmus Mr. Sanford Kendall Mrs. Sheila Daume Ms. Denice Kronau Mr. John Dautrich Ms. Kathryn Kubie Ms. Alice I. Davies Mr. and Mrs. Paul La Paglia Mr. and Mrs. Mark Deck Mr. and Mrs. Anthony M. Lamport Mr. and Mrs. David S. Deutsch Mr. and Mrs. Frank Langhammer, III 83

Mr. and Mrs. H. Brooks Smith Mr. and Mrs. Peter D. Lee Ms. Sharon LeFevre Mrs. Penny Snow Mr. and Mrs. James Lentowski Mr. and Mrs. Stephen L. Snow Mr. and Mrs. Larry Levine Mr. and Mrs. Lars O. Soderberg Dr. and Mrs. Keith M. Lindgren Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Spiro Ms. Leslie Linsley Mr. and Mrs. David Joel Spitler Mr. and Mrs. John Lochtefeld Dr. Robert Stanton and Ms. Mandy Noschese Mr. and Mrs. William R. Lothian Mr. and Mrs. John Stauffer Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lowy The Rev. and Mrs. C. William Steelman Mr. and Mrs. Albert E. Lussier, Jr. Ms. Laura Stockwell Mr. and Mrs. Angus Macleod Mr. and Mrs. John Macleod Ms. Kate Stout Mr. and Mrs. James M. Marinelli Mrs. Sandra H. Taylor Ms. Ruth McGlathery Mr. and Mrs. Vincent E. Todd, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Martin E. McGowan Mr. and Mrs. W. David Troast Mr. David Merriman Ms. Anne Troutman and Mr. and Mrs. Rich Merriman Mr. Aleks Istanbullu Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Metcalf Mr. Richard Tuck Mr. and Mrs. F. Duffield Meyercord Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Tudor Mr. William C. Miller IV Mr. and Mrs. James Tyler Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Milone Mr. and Mrs. Robert Monahan, Jr. Ms. Constance Umberger Mr. and Mrs. T. Channing Moore Ms. Clara Urbahn Mr. and Mrs. William R. Moyer Ms. Pamela Van Hoven Clark Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Nelson Mr. Jonathan Vipond and Mr. Tim Bunner, III Mr. and Mrs. Al Novissimo Novation Media Mr. and Mrs. Carlo Vittorini Mrs. V. Henry O'Neill Ms. Barbara Von De Groeben Mrs. Maureen Orth Mr. and Mrs. Robert von Zumbusch Dr. Eileen Ouellette Mrs. Eugenie H. Voorhees Mr. E. Prather Palmer Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Wagner Ms. Nancy Pasley Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ian Pass Mr. and Mrs. W. Wyatt Walker, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Pearson Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walters Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Perlman Ms. Suellen Ward and Mr. John Copenhaver Mr. Dave Perry-Miller Mrs. Catherine S. Ward Mr. Brian Pfeiffer Ms. Emma H. Ward Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Pfeiffer Mr. and Mrs. David Webber Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program Mr. Harrison J. Weisner Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pinto Dr. and Mrs. Francis M. Weld Ms. Diane Pitt Mr. and Mrs. Stephen K. West Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Pollack Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pretz Mr. Todd West Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence E. Putterman Mr. John G. Wofford Mr. and Mrs. R. James Nicholson Dr. and Dr. Robert & Elaine Yordan Mr. Michael R. Lazerwitz and Mr. and Mrs. P. Rhoads Zimmerman Ms. Alison J. Barr Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rand Ms. Maria Zodda Dr. Shirley F. Rayport Mr. and Mrs. Philip W. Read Ms. Rhoda Weinman, Esq. and Mr. Joseph McLaughlin Mr. and Mrs. James A. Runde Ms. Judith K. Rushmore Mr. J. Wood Rutter Mr. Stephen Ryan Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Santucci Mr. and Mrs. John D. Sayer Mr. and Mrs. John D. Schaperkotter Ms. Janet Schulte Mr. and Mrs. William Schutt Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Scott 84



Event and Program Underwriters Ms. Mariann Berg (Hundahl) Appley Mr. and Mrs. David S. J. Brown Chubb Global Corporate Giving Mr. and Mrs. Pierre Crosby Community Foundation for Nantucket's ReMain Nantucket Fund Mr. and Mrs. Douglass N. Ellis, Jr. Mr. Andrew Forsyth and Ms. Kelly Williams Mr. and Mrs. Amos B. Hostetter, Jr. Judy Family Foundation Mr. Michael Kovner and Mr. Jean Doyen de Montaillou Mr. and Mrs. Craig H. Muhlhauser Mr. and Mrs. John D. Sayer Sconset Trust Mr. and Mrs. Reuben and Arlene Mark Mr. and Mrs. John Sussek Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Symes Mr. and Mrs. William Wraith, IV



508.901.5819 86

2018 corporate partners

Antiques Council, Inc. program and event leaders Mr. and Mrs. Doug Abbey Ms. Carolyn Knutson Mr. and Mrs. Sandy Apgar Mr. Michael Kovner and Mr. Jean Doyen de Montaillou Dr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Arvay Mr. John Lacouture Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Bailey, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. David Lilly Mrs. Walter F. Ballinger, II Dr. and Mrs. Byron Lingeman Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Beaugrand Mr. and Mrs. Angus Macleod Mr. Guy Bristow and Ms. Barbara Presta Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Maffeo Mrs. Christina Lee Brown, II Mrs. Seymour G. Mandell Mr. and Mrs. David S. J. Brown Ms. Leslie Mayer Dr. Marcia J. Browne, MD and Jeffrey W Clarke, MD Ms. Mary McAuliffe Mr. and Mrs. William C. Buck Mr. and Mrs. Martin McKerrow Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Butler Ms. Barbara S. Mendlowitz Mr. John B. Carroll Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Miklos Mr. and Mrs. David Cheek Mr. and Mrs. William M. Moore, Jr. Ms. Elizabeth Churchill Mr. Bruce Beni Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Daisey Mr. and Mrs. Craig H. Muhlhauser Mr. Robert Dermody Mr. and Mrs. Muldoon Ms. Jennifer DiMartino Ms. Kathleen Kelm & Mr. Raymond Dodge and Ms. Linda Miller Ms. Anne Olsen Mr. and Mrs. Douglass N. Ellis, Jr. Mr. Jeff Paduch and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Elzay Ms.Caroline Hempstead Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fahrenkopf Mr. and Mrs. Edward Perlman Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Felch Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Philbrick Ms. Mary Ellen G. Ferrel Mr. and Mrs. Mark Groenstein Mr. and Mrs. Charles E.Fiero Mrs. Ella Wall Prichard Ms. Barbara J. Fife Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Quick Mr. and Mrs. Mark Filipski Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey F. Rayport Mr. and Mrs. Alan Forster Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Richards Mr. Andrew Forsyth and Ms. Kelly Williams Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy P. Richardson Mr. and Mrs. Michael M. Fowler Mr. and Mrs. George E. Roach Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Fox Mr. and Mrs. Peter Rodts Mr. Robert Franklin and Mr. Charles Mappin Mr. and Mrs. Milton C. Rowland Mr. and Mrs. Gregory T. Garland Mr. and Mrs. John D. Sayer Mr. and Mrs. Peter Georgantas Mrs. Dorinda Dodge Schreiber Mrs. Susan Zises Green Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Shaw Mr. and Mrs. Edward Greenberg Mr. and Mrs. Karl and Yvette Slatoff Mr. and Mrs. Evan Greenberg Mr. and Mrs. Greg Spivy Mr. and Mrs. Peter Grua Mr. and Mrs. Harris Stone Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Hale Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sullivan Ms. Barbara Halsted Mr. and Mrs. John Sussek, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Addison & Renee Hanan Mrs. Merrielou Symes Mr. and Mrs. Dudley M. Harde Ms. Anne Troutman and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hay Mr. Aleks Istanbullu Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Hedberg Mrs. Jane H. Tyler Ms. Laurie Heiss Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Webb, III Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Heyda Mr. and Mrs. David Webber Mr. and Mrs. Christian Hoffman Mr. and Mrs. J. Robinson West Mr. and Mrs. Christopher F. Holland Mr. and Mrs. John R. Whitney Dr. Douglas Horst and Ms. Maureen Phillips Mr. and Mrs. David S. Wolff Mr. and Mrs. Amos B. Hostetter, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Jacques Wullschleger Mrs. Elizabeth Jacobsen Mr. and Mrs. P. Rhoads Zimmerman Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kinsley 87

Program Supporters

6 Gull Island Lane Realty Trust The Abramson Family Betsy Adler American Legion Matt Anderson Mariann Berg (Hundahl) Appley Kathy Arvay Diane Asche Ken and Gussie Beaugrand Susan Boardman David Brown Marcia Browne and Jeffrey Clarke Mary Collins Alyssa Corey Chris Dallmus Jennifer DiMartino The Drucker Family John Ehrlich Caroline Ellis Michelle Elzay & Matthew Brannon Michael and Ana Erickson Marsha Faber Matt and Sheila Fee Jascin Finger Leslie Forbes Al and Nancy Forster Cinda Gaynor Peter and Elizabeth Georgantas Aisling Glynn Brian Rice and Robert Goldrich Mark Goldweitz and Family Melanie Gowen Jenifer Gray Susan Zises Green Garth Grimmer Barbara Halsted Renee Hanan Christine Harding Kathleen Hay Marie Henke Randy and Taylor Hilst Morris Hylton III Ken Jennings and Al Messina Illya Kagan Carol Kinsley Katy Kubie Chuck Lenhart Angus MacLeod Maria Mitchell Association Michael May Bernadette Meyer Susan Nelson Scott Nelson

NISDA Elizabeth Oldham Brian Pfeiffer Callie Platt The Rose Family Mickey Rowland Ruth and John Sayer The Scott Family The Statzer & Hoppe Family Esta-Lee Stone Marie Sussek Merrielou Symes Luke Thornewill Anne Troutman Betsy Tyler Pam Waller Brand Whitlock Kathleen Williams



Program & Event Sponsors ACKtivities Lee Real Estate - Bruce Beni Anne Troutman Nantucket blACKbook Audrey Sterk Design Nantucket Looms Barbara Joyce Nantucket Tug Company Carolyn Thayer Interiors Nantucket Vineyards and Triple 8 Distillery Christoper Bonelli New England Home Magazine David Lazarus Sandcastle Construction, Inc. Illya Kagan Scrub Oak James Ogilvy The Nantucket Hotel John Lochtefeld TownPool Kaaren Hale Weatherly Design Kathleen Hay Designs Willy LeMay Furniture Kelley Jepson

MODERN history Trudy Dujardin, FASID, LEED Accredited Professional +ID + C

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Nantucket Preservation Trust, Inc. Statement of Activities 2018 2017 Operating revenues: Contributions $348,766 $332,489 Program services 83,843 174,252 Fundraising events 55,976 60,939 Sale of goods (net of cost) 19,319 16,988 Interest & dividend income 25,654 17,334 Total operating revenues 533,558 602,002 Operating expenses: Program 314,902 340,728 Management & general 93,602 79,530 Fundraising 160,393 101,639 Total operating expenses 568,897 521,897 Change in net assets from operations (35,339) 80,105 Realized & unrealized gains/(losses) on investments (38,451) 40,115 Changes in net assets (73,790) 120,220 Net assets, beginning of year 931,035 810,815 Net assets, end of year $857,245 $931,035 Extracted from audited 2018 financial statements.




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End Note

“Climate change…will challenge our understanding of what it means to “save” a place. Indeed, it challenges our very notions of permeance itself.”

Photo by Josh Gray

–Anthony Veerkamp

What will Nantucket look like in fifty years? In one hundred years? Perhaps you’ve wondered this while walking along the island’s North Shore, where houses teeter close to the bank, or out in Madaket, where sand threatens to engulf homes at the end of Massachusetts Avenue. The effects of sea level rise, and the change to Nantucket’s built environment, can already be seen in some areas of the island. Many houses in the Brant Point neighborhood have already been raised to avoid storm surges and comply with FEMA guidelines. Small cottages along Washington Street are dwarfed by houses built on piers along Meader Street. On the corner of Union and Spring Streets, the house “Consue” is surrounded by new construction, two different developments, each raised to a different elevation. A foundational concept of historic preservation is that historic buildings should be kept intact and in one place.This tenet will be challenged by sea level rise. If structures must be lifted to be out of harm’s way, there needs to be a plan to preserve the streetscape. As it stands, decisions to raise buildings are being made piecemeal. But these buildings do not exist in a vacuum. The effects of sea level rise will be felt locally, but the impacts are global. Historic seaport towns all throughout the country and the world will have to face challenges like ours. Some will face even greater threats from sea level rise. But we can learn from our fellow coastal communities as we consider Nantucket’s future.We are all connected by water. Sea level rise expert John Englander puts it succinctly: “The ocean doesn’t care what we think, what rules we make, what we wish happened thirty years ago.” But he also notes that we have time to prepare, unlike in a catastrophic storm situation. Humans are adaptive. Is there a place more resilient than Nantucket? Early settlers attempted to raise sheep and farm on the island.When this failed, they took to the sea.Who else but a Nantucketer would voyage for years at a time, row out in tiny boats, and hurl handforged weapons into the sea’s largest creatures? When whaling fell by the wayside, Nantucket reinvented itself as a resort. Nantucket, and the people who love this place, have always found a way to make a go of it, here at the edge of the world. There is no more time to wait and see. Nantucket must plan for sea level rise.We owe it to our past, present, and future. 95


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