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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 1, 2013

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

N.H.’s May is Preservation Month: Focus on Post-World War II architecture

As part of the national May is Preservation Month celebration, the N.H. Division of Historical Resources will highlight the state’s newest historic architectural movement: Mid-20th Century Modern.

Constructed primarily between 1945 and 1975, Mid-20th Century Modern buildings often incorporated glass, steel and reinforced concrete into an architectural style defined by clean lines, simple shapes and unornamented facades.

This unique period of architecture reflects a dedication to building a new future and is viewed as a byproduct of the optimism that surged after World War II. Rapid growth brought on by post-war economic prosperity resulted in the construction of new housing, schools, churches, offices, commercial structures, government buildings and other structures throughout New Hampshire, many of which embodied Mid-20th Century Modern elements.

Throughout May, images and information about the Mid-20th Century Modern movement in New Hampshire will be highlighted on the Division of Historical Resources’ website, www.nh.gov/nhdhr.

“We know a great deal about New Hampshire’s architecture from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries,” said Elizabeth Muzzey, director of the Division of Historical Resources. “What is lesser known – and proves really interesting – are the wonderful examples of Mid-20th Century Modern architecture that exist throughout the state.”

The National Trust for Historic Preservation organizes “May is National Preservation Month” as a nationwide event. Information about preservation month activities is available at www.preservationnation.org.  

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.

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