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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 5, 2013

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov
Twitter: @NHCulture

Mary Kate Ryan, N.H. Division of Historical Resources      
(603) 271-6435
MaryKate.Ryan@dcr.nh.gov

Three properties added to NH State Register of Historic Places

The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources is pleased to announce that the State Historical Resources Council has added three individual properties to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places.

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.

The most recent additions to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places are:

Campton, Town House. Built circa 1855 as the Town Hall, Campton’s Town House has also served as a library and municipal court. Currently the home of the Campton Historical Society, the building is a well-preserved example of mid-19th century civic architecture.

New Castle, Town Hall. Built in 1894 by the Wentworth Lodge of the Knights of Pythias, the building served as that organization’s headquarters and meeting hall until the 1920s. In 1927, the property was purchased by New Castle to serve as its town hall. Today, the building maintains excellent architectural details, including a columned front porch and interior pressed metal wall coverings.

Peterborough Historical Society. One of the first purpose-built historical society buildings in New Hampshire, this museum was funded and designed by Benjamin Russell in the Georgian Revival style and built from 1916-1920. It continues to serve as a both a historical organization and a multifaceted cultural organization for the Monadnock region.

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.

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