FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2008
Mary Kate Ryan, NH Division of Historical Resources (603) 271-6435
Shelly Angers, NH Department of Cultural Resources (603) 271-3136
Properties added to NH State Register of Historic Places
The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources is pleased to announce that the State Historic Resource Council added four individual properties to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places. In addition, four properties were added to the Bennington Village Historic District, and one property was added to the Francestown Mill Village Historic District.
The Register is part of the state’s efforts to recognize and encourage public and private efforts to identify and protect historically significant properties throughout the state. In order to be eligible for the Register, properties must be at least 50 years old and retain the unique qualities that make them irreplaceable.
These new listings to the New Hampshire State Register are community landmarks that add to the story and history of our state,” said New Hampshire’s State Historic Preservation Officer Elizabeth H. Muzzey. “Special recognition also goes to their owners, who are working hard to preserve for them for the future.”
The most recent additions to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places are:
Upper Village Hall, Derry. Built in 1875, this town hall has served as the site of town meeting, the town’s first library, a grange hall and a fire station, among other uses. Built in the Italianate style, this building has been the political center of town since its construction.
Harbor House Livery/Sunapee Town Hall, Sunapee. Built circa 1889, this building originally served the vital tourist trade around Lake Sunapee as a livery stable attached to the Harbor House hotel. It has since served as town hall, fire station and police station, showing the adaptability of its historic construction and the thrift of town citizens.
James M. Perkins House, Sunapee. This 1890 house is a well-preserved, if late, example of a Victorian-era Second Empire-style house, with a mansard roof, canted bays on the corners and elegant sawn scroll work details.
Kentlands, New London. This summer home near the Little Lake Sunapee region was designed by Prentice Sanger in 1908-1909 for his parents. The property exemplifies the summer house movement and is notable for its architecture.
The Bennington Village Historic District is a residential district which developed when the paper mill industry attracted workers who needed housing. The district was recognized in July 2008. Four property owners have chosen to add their properties to this district.
The Francestown Mill Village Historict district is a small village of houses that grew up around the soapstone mill in the 1820s. The district was recognized in July 2008 and one additional property has been added.
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 in order to preserve the historical, archaeological, architectural and cultural resources of New Hampshire that are among the state’s most important environmental assets. 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.
NOTE TO EDITORS: Electronic images of individual properties are available for reprint. Photos for districts are not available. Please contact Mary Kate Ryan, 603-271-6435, MaryKate.Ryan@dcr.nh.gov.