FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2013
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
Mary Kate Ryan, N.H. Division of Historical Resources
Bath Congregational Church named to N.H. State Register of Historic Places
The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources is pleased to announce that the State Historical Resources Council has added the Bath Congregational Church to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places.
Significant as an example of late-19th century religious architecture, the church has also long played an important role in the social life of the community. Built in 1873 in the Gothic Revival style, the well-preserved church retains a high degree of historical integrity.
Executive Councilor Ray Burton was a lifetime member of the Bath Congregational Church and, before his death on Nov. 12, worked with the Division to nominate it to the State Register.
The State Register has helped to promote the significance of many historic properties across New Hampshire. Benefits of being listed on the State Register include:
- Special consideration and relief from some building codes and regulations;
- Designation of a property as historical, which is a pre-qualification for many grant programs, including Conservation License Plate grants and New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) grants; and
- Acknowledgment of a property’s historical significance in the community.
Anyone wishing to nominate a property to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places must research the history of the nominated property and document it fully on individual inventory forms from the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. Having a property listed in the Register does not impose restrictions on private property owners. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/nhdhr.
New Hampshire's Division of Historical Resources, the “State Historic Preservation Office,” was established in 1974. The historical, archeological, architectural, engineering and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among the most important environmental assets of the state. 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 us online at www.nh.gov/nhdhr or by calling (603) 271-3483.