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Spring 2001

Local Character
The town of Newbury, Massachusetts, boasts two commons, the Upper and Lower Greens, each surrounded by historic structures. In each location, the settings have evolved over time as assorted vernacular buildings were placed in the landscape; today the historic ambience of the townscape gives the community a sense of place.
America's First Preservationist
Ninety years ago, SPNEA acquired its first property, the c.1670 Swett-Ilsley House, in Newbury, Massachusetts. William Sumner Appleton, who had founded SPNEA only a year before, chose this rambling structure with a seventeenth-century core and later additions as his first preservation project.
Preserving a Working Farm
In 1992, SPNEA transformed the operation of its Casey Farm in Saunderstown, Rhode Island, into a working family farm managed according to an alternative marketing system known as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).
What's in a Pocket?
When Lucy Locket lost her pocket, it was a garment separate from her other clothes, worn tied around her waist under her outermost layers. Women began to wear pockets such as these, as opposed to pouches or bags hanging outside their clothes, during the late seventeenth century.
Parlor Magic
Solving puzzles has always fascinated children. The introduction of dozens of family periodicals during the mid nineteenth century provided youngsters every month with new puzzles developed both by magazine writers and by children who sent in brain teasers they hoped would amuse other readers.
From Gentility to Convenience: Boarders and Lodgers at the Otis House
A naval officer, a law student, a newspaper editor, a carriage manufacturer, a bank clerk, a seamstress, a brick mason, and a teamster: what did these people have in common? At one time or another between 1854 and 1916, each was a resident of the Harrison Gray Otis House during its year as a boarding or lodging house.
News New England and Beyond
Preserving Gropius House When SPNEA preservation carpenters removed a rusting steel window they discovered water infiltration over the years had damaged most of the window frames and caused rot in the sheathing and wood framing. SPNEA embarked upon a four-year, elevation-by-elevation, restoration and repair program of this significant twentieth-century structure.
The Architect Henry Austin
Recently, the Library and Archives acquired this engraved advertisement for the architect Henry Austin (1804-1891). Practicing in New Haven for more than fifty years, Austin was one of Connecticut's most distinguished and prolific architects, producing numerous public, commercial, and domestic works.
Spring 2001