FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2009
Peter Michaud, NH Division of Historical Resources
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
N.H.’s Wilton Town Hall added to the National Register for Historic Places
The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources is proud to announce that Wilton Town Hall has been honored by the United States Secretary of the Interior with placement on the National Register for Historic Places.
Administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation and is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect our historic and archeological resources.
Built in 1884, the Wilton Town Hall was the first building in town to consolidate government functions, serving as town office, police department, selectmen’s office, town library and auditorium. Its striking design, in the Queen Anne Style, is the work of the once-prominent architectural firm of Merrill & Cutler in Lowell, MA. Within the well-preserved asymmetrical brick façade is a noteworthy town hall with a coffered ceiling of cherry beams, white ash beadboard wainscoting, and window and door surrounds.
Today the Wilton Town Hall is a popular film viewing destination, showing a variety of first-run films as well as art house movies usually shown in theaters closer to metropolitan areas like Boston. For more information on seeing a film at the Wilton Town Hall, visit www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com.
Wilton Town Hall joins a growing list of significant New Hampshire buildings, districts, sites, structures and objects that are important in defining the state’s history and character and that have been designated to the National Register for Historic Places.
For more information on the National Register program in New Hampshire, please visit www.nh.gov/nhdhr or contact Peter Michaud at the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources at (603) 271-3483.
New Hampshire’s Division of Historical Resources, the “State Historic Preservation Office,” was established in 1974. The historical, archaeological, architectural and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among its most important environmental assets. Historic preservation promotes the use, understanding and conservation of such resources for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of New Hampshire’s citizens. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/nhdhr or call 603-271-3483.
NOTE TO EDITORS: Black and White as well as Color electronic images of Wilton Town Hall are available for reprint and broadcast. Please contact Peter Michaud, NH Division of Historical Resources, (603) 271-3583, [email protected]