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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 28, 2014

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

Two 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 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:

  • Acknowledgment of a property’s historical significance in the community;
  • Special consideration and relief from some building codes and regulations; and
  • Designation of a property as historic, 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.

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

Old Town Hall, Columbia. Built in 1899 by a local contractor and the town's selectmen, Columbia’s Old Town Hall served as a community space for town meetings and other functions, as well as the library and town offices, for generations. Although the library and town offices are now located elsewhere in Columbia, the building still hosts town meeting, selectboard meetings and voting.

Orange Town House, Orange. Since its construction in 1895, the Orange Town House has played multiple roles in the community, serving as the local school until 1949 and the town library from the early 1950s to 1992, displaying town’s history, and functioning as the seat of town government for almost 120 years. A 1980s addition to the building accommodated Orange’s growing needs.

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 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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