It has been suggested by some of the anti-LHD group that for a homeowner to be required to maintain/keep their chimney or chimneys in the proposed LHD is basically un-American.
Oh good grief!
Chimneys in New England and Newburyport are iconic. Much the way New England church steeples are iconic.
They are a fundamental, intrinsic, deep-rooted symbol of what it means to live in an historic New England home. Of what it means to live in a historic Newburyport, Massachusetts home.
And really and truly I think that most of those who oppose the proposed Newburyport Local Historic District (LHD) would agree.
I’ve included some examples of “iconic” homes with chimneys in Newburyport (all courtesy of the City of Newburyport, MA).