Now trending: #HistoricHouseCrush

“Turn fresh eyes on old buildings.”

That was the call to action for some 20 photographers who are experts on the social media platform Instagram. They joined us for a special preview of PEM’s Ropes Mansion. Following an extensive six-year renovation and conservation project, the Ropes Mansion just reopened to the public on Saturday, May 23rd. It’s been a remarkable undertaking, as chronicled on an earlier blog post.   And, as our Instagrammers found out, the result is quite snappy indeed.

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Photo by instagram user @socialpalates

With the prompt to tag each of their images with #HistoricHouseCrush, our Instagrammers set off to explore the house and make their own visual discoveries.

Joining us was Janet Blyberg (@jcbphoto), PEM’s assistant curator, who is also a bit of an Instagram powerhouse. She posts compelling and downright dreamy photos of New England life to her nearly 40 thousand followers.  Speaking with the The Boston Globe about the Ropes Mansion Instagram meet-up, Janet notes:

“A lot of the people who came were in their 20s and were excited to have this access. Usually it’s, ‘Put your iPhones away. No photos.’ This is a new way to experience the museum, and people have a takeaway that they’re creating something themselves. That’s definitely a win for the museum.”

So just what did our #HistoricHouseCrush Instagrammers come up with? Enjoy the waterfall of images below…

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Photo by instagram user @marie_adelew

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Photo by instagram user @_ma_may_

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Photo by instagram user @kahtii

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Photo by instagram user @lschildsalem

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Photo by instagram user @_ma_may_

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Photo by instagram user @helengranger

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Photo by instagram user @helengranger

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Photo by instagram user @jcbphoto

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Photo by instagram user @austenbailly

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Photo by instagram user @elisacs

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Photo by instagram user @forrest_james

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Photo by instagram user @amin7b5

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Photo by instagram user @heatherfamico

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Photo by instagram user @kerriemjames

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Photo by instagram user @elisacs

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Photo by instagram user @forrest_james

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Photo by instagram user @jtlefebvre

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Photo by instagram user @whitvd

Feeling inspired? We hope you’ll consider turning fresh eyes to old buildings too.

Get snapping and tag your photos on social media using the #HistoricHouseCrush hashtag. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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One Comment

  1. katherine says:

    These are amazing photos. Each of them have a story to tell linked to history!

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