FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 20, 2013
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
Mary Kate Ryan, N.H. Division of Historical Resources
Two properties added 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 two 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:
The Governor Charles Dale Estate, in North Hampton, shows the common evolution of a 19th century working farm into a 20th century “gentleman’s farm” or estate. Charles Milby Dale purchased the property in 1941 and hired prominent colonial revival architect Royal Barry Wills to design a new house for it. An attorney, Dale was prominent in New Hampshire politics, serving as mayor of Portsmouth, state senate president, executive councilor, and governor from 1945-49.
In 1916, George Edwin Whitcomb, son of Swanzey’s first mill-owning family, commissioned Whitcomb Hall as a way to give back to the community. The hall, one of several public buildings commissioned by local industrialists, was designed and constructed as a true community center and has hosted a wide variety of events. In addition to an assembly and banquet room on the ground floor, it has a fully stocked kitchen, including commissioned china purchased for use at community events.
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, archaeological, 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 call (603) 271-3483.