The Province House and the Preservation Movement

Collection Type

  • Books and periodicals

Date

1996

GUSN

GUSN-169699

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Description

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.

Details

Additional Identification Number

Article ID 72

Collection Code

SC001

Collection Name

Old-Time New England

Reference Code

SC001.1996.074.262.001

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.

Date Notes

Volume 74, Number 262 (Fall 1996)

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Record Details

Originator

Fay Campbell Kaynor (Author)

Publications Referencing This Collection

(1996). Old Time New England. Boston, Mass.: Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities.

Description Level

Item

Place of Publication

Boston, Mass.

Publisher

Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities

Publisher Series

Old Time New England