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The Province House and the Preservation Movement

SC001.1996.074.262.001 (RS13052)

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Collection Name
Old-Time New England
Collection Code
SC001
Dates
1996
Date Notes
Volume 74, Number 262 (Fall 1996)
Abstract
When it was demolished in 1922, the Province House in Boston had gone through so many changes, fallen into such disrepair and had been ignored for so long, there was no way to know what it originally looked like. There were a few sketches and drawings, but they were superficial at best. During demolition, antiquarian William Sumner Appleton worked feverishly to try to document the house, to stitch together some answer as to its former appearance. He found it difficult to support theory with fact. Appleton consulted with friends and peers about the house and how it may have looked, but his questions remain unanswered today. The story of the Province House is not just about the loss of a jewel of Colonial architecture, but also about the difficulties of conjecture in preservation.
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Collection Type
Serials
Description Level
Item
Additional Identification Number
Article ID: 72
GUSN
169699
Reference Code
SC001.1996.074.262.001

Record details

Originator
Fay Campbell Kaynor (Author)
Publisher
Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities
Publisher Series
Old Time New England
Place of Publication
Boston, Mass.
Publications Referencing This Collection
(1996). Old Time New England. Boston, Mass.: Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities.

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