The Pink House won Best of the North Shore (BONS) Most Instagrammable Spot! And if you've got an account on IG, you'll know just how many photos you can find of The Pink House or people taking selfies in front of it.
We can't thank everyone who loves this house enough for voting for it to show how important The Pink House is to this region. So much so that Support the Pink House formed in response to the community's overwhelming desire to see the house stay standing and be refurbished. It makes all the years and hard work we've put into it so worth it!
Since Support the Pink House has been working in collaboration with the owners, the US FIsh and Wildlife Service, to save the house and help it get restored under a perpetual preservation restriction, the house's iconic stature has exploded! It is globally recognized, thanks to both media coverage of our work, and the "spite house" rumor that has been picked up by so many digital sources. If you read our history page you'll see that STPH's deep dive into factual records has disproved the details of the urban legend.. and revealed the truly interesting story behind the house and it's owners. And yet, we appreciate the legend for the attention it continues to bring to The Pink House.
In addition, being listed on Trip Advisor, the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, Google Maps, Wikipedia etc... more and more people drive out to see the house, photograph or paint it, and then go on to shop, eat and even stay in the area. Hence former Chamber President, Frank Cousins Jr.'s, comment that the house is an economic driver to the area, especially helpful in the off season.
The pandemic added The Pink House to the destination list for people from all over New England who were needing to get out and have some focal point to aim for when they took drives (or walks, bike rides, and paddles).
This is not the only time The Pink House won a contest through North Shore Magazine. Back when the story of the house and the effort to keep it standing for the sake of the community was a feature story in the magazine, they decided to do a cover contest. While both were wonderful choices, The Pink House won!
In announcing the winner, Northshore Magazine said: "We asked you which April cover you loved more…and the winner is: the scenic landscape cover featuring Plum Island’s Pink House!" Many comments included with the votes for The Pink House we're listed in North Shore Magazine. They show just how much the iconic house means to this community.
Take a look at a sample:
The Pink House is unique to the North Shore. It has drawn photographers and artists from across the country. Having it on the cover of your magazine would go a long way towards saving this iconic structure.
I grew up in the Pink House – from the early sixties – and have fond memories of it. My play area was in the cupola. I am so pleased that it is finally being recognized as a landmark.
We love Plum Island and it wouldn’t be the same when we drive onto the island if the Pink House was no longer there! Hopefully this cover will draw attention to this issue! Thank you so much!
The Pink House is an institution, a part of Plum Island folklore and landscape that simply cannot be replicated!
Well, let’s see…I live in Newbury and love the antiquity and charm of an old pink house that seemingly “comes with the landscape” of the drive to Plum Island…AND…particularly because being on the cover of your popular and first rate magazine might help to make a strong statement towards the authorities not tearing it down which is heavily being considered… that would be so sad as it’s a lovely eccentric statement of old New England.
Iconic house. This house actually adds interest to the marsh around it. Old houses tell stories and I would hate to see this story end.
We must preserve this iconic North Shore landmark.
I drive by the pink house a lot and just love how it just sits on that area on plum island surrounded by all the beauty of the marshes around it. I fully enjoyed your article on the pink house I learned a lot. I believe that nature gives us such beauty all around us and we are so busy we do it stop and fully open our eyes to it. Some people would say this is a broken eye sore, I see the beauty of it and imagine who lived there and the life that house had seen.
As an avid runner and lover of all things historic in Newburyport, I first fell in love with the pink house 6 years ago on a run from my house out to Plum Island. I reach it at mile 2 and just the essence of it keeps me smiling and running along beside it! Depending on the time of day, it can look so different. If I’m doing a long run, I’m lucky to see it twice!….Once on the way out, then again on the way back. It’s a beautiful sight to behold. I’m grateful to live nearby and to see this historic home in all its majesty. I find myself creating stories in my head as I run, about the people who lived there and maybe some wonderful parties they had! Thanks to all those who are trying to save it!! AND Thank YOU at Northshore Magazine for giving this old beauty time on your cover!!
This image has become an icon depicting a unique charm and narrative and sense of place and holds the potential of becoming a mirage for many of us d/t the uncertainty of its future.
This old pink house sits alone in her aged, tattered splendor, home only to a snowy white owl who knows her stories. She no longer tries to impress and her only beauty comes from having absorbed years of sunset wisdom that radiates to all even on the gloomiest of days. We should do so well! And the photographer has captured the essence of this iconic Plum Island house.
Saving this house is important right now. The other things, while lovely, are not urgent.
Because word needs to get out about the pink house and we must all do what we can to save it!
I think the Plum Island landmark is iconic. Reminds me of all that is beautiful in the North Shore.
It’s visually more captivating and, as a native of the area, I know this landmark to be iconic and will certainly capture the attention of a broader audience (both male and female).
I LOVE the pink house. I can’t wait to read the article- I’ve been driving past it for years wondering what the story was with this house. Plum Island is my closest “get away” location- and just crossing the bridge always gives my spirit a lift. And there is the pink house surrounded by big marsh and big sky.
I have loved this house. My family lived in Newburyport for several years and went to Plum Island often. Every time I saw the house it made me feel happy.
Every time I pass this beautiful old house on my way to Plum Island, it makes me think of a peaceful time gone by.
Besides being an incredibly gorgeous photograph, the Pink House is near to my heart and home as a year round artist and resident of Plum Island. It’s a much more meaningful & appealing cover shot & story.
I live in Newburyport but love Plum Island. It’s a very special place for me, and often drive by the pink house, and often wonder what will happen to the house, I’d like to learn more.
We travel to our daughter’s home on Plum Island frequently and pass the Pink House. It’s an iconic treasure that should not be allowed to deteriorate. We often imagine the many years the house was active with people enjoying the beautiful sunsets.
As a cover, beautiful scenery is always more eye catching in my personal opinion. Plus it will attract more attention to the pink house’s plight!
Its quite a striking cover, with beautiful colors. And also I particularly feel really strongly about saving the pink house, which is such an iconic emblem as you approach Plum Island.
I have been looking at this magical pink house on the way to Plum Island ever since I was a little girl. It is a landmark and means summertime to me. I can’t imagine going to the island and not seeing it there.
It is a very timely cover as this icon is big news in Newburyport and on the North Shore = the other cover is also nice maybe a bit too eclectic. Seeing The Pink House on the road to Plum Island means we are almost there - closer to Heaven.
It’s a beautiful photo with a real cause behind it. That house is a landmark!
I, myself have taken many photos of the pink house. Its a favorite to all photographers, and paintings. Ties in both PI and Newburyport; evocative of childhood memories for many.
The Pink House is an icon and a more unique artistic symbol.
I was born and raised in NBPT, close to the pink house. Beautiful and eerie all the same.
I grew up riding by the Pink House every day on the school bus and now one of my school mates, Betsy, takes pictures of a snowy owl that roosts there!
Everyone who’s ever driven past that house loves it.
Big supporter of saving the Pink House & think the exposure would help the cause.
The Newbury Pink House really represents the combination of Arts & Culture tied in distinctively with the North Shore. It is a beautiful landmark of Plum Island.
I have loved visiting Plum Island for years and while I hope the Pink House will be saved I think it will be a difficult fight. I did not know the history of the house and now have made a point to learn more about the Spite homes. I like both photos but LOVE the Pink House.
LOVE the pink house! Iconic image, house at the gateway to Plum Island. In danger of being lost forever….
The colors in this photo are breathtaking, along with the fact that this would be such a great cause if it were on the cover! This house makes the photo so unique, it certainly shouldn’t be taken down!
Love B. It is a house I look for every night on my way home to Plum Island. It is like having a real celebrity on the Island. Not to be missed!
I live on Plum Island and I love this house. It is such a landmark heading out to the island. I hope they figure out something to do with it- and NOT tear it down.
I love this house and the photo is breath taking. Also, there is some concern that this house will be taken down and then you would not be able to capture such a beautiful scene. I absolutely love this house and numerous photos I’ve seen captured in different times of day and different structure poses.
To let your readers know of a topic like saving the pink house will bring literary interest and more value to your magazine instead of what I always hear they see it as (a cover for selling advertisements). B helps inform readers about saving a Plum Island landmark. The photo is stunning as well.
This house is an icon in the North Shore area and it’s being threatened! I want to see this current local issue regarding this historic focal point in Massachusetts get some positive exposure!
I grew up on plum island and passed the “pink house” every day. Such a gateway landmark. Let’s save it.
I think that having such a historic and loved piece of landscape on the cover is much more fitting than option A. Option B is a much more personal thing for the people of the North Shore. Also since there has been talk to tear down that pink house it seems even more fitting to immortalize it with a cover!
The Pink House is an icon. It’s stood so many years, and in the perfect light still looks like a lovely house. It’s nice to think of “her” still being beautiful.
Visually cleaner and more arresting. Specific to North Shore. Cultural landmark on the way to Plum Island. Save the Pink House! It’s a great cause, a great story.
The Pink House hands down! Always place on the cover of Northshore magazine something that is iconic of the area!
Everyone loves that pink house!