FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 4, 2013
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
Discover what’s special about N.H.’s mid-20th century modern buildings
“Mid-20th century modern architecture in New Hampshire: 1945 - 1975,” a program focused on an important aspect of our state’s architectural history, will take place at the Concord Public Library on Feb. 12, 2013, from 6 – 8 p.m.
The program is sponsored by the N.H. Division of Historical Resources, the N.H. Department of Employment Security and the City of Concord.
New Hampshire is known for its postcard-perfect 18th century clapboarded buildings as well as its ornate homes and massive brick industrial mills from the 19th century. In the mid-20th century, modern architecture incorporated glass, steel and reinforced concrete into a new architectural style defined by clean lines, simple shapes and unornamented facades. It is viewed as a by-product of post-World War II optimism and reflected a dedication to building a new future.
“Mid-20th century modern architecture in New Hampshire” will include a presentation by preservation consultant Lisa Mausolf, who recently completed a survey of New Hampshire’s public buildings – including schools, churches, commercial, industrial and recreational ones – designed in mid-20th century modern style.
A panel of experts, including architects who practiced during the mid-20th century, will discuss their work and take questions from the audience. An exhibit of some of New Hampshire’s iconic buildings and architectural elements from the period will be on display.
The program is free and open to the public.
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 by calling (603) 271-3483.