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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 22, 2014

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

Mary Kate Ryan, NH Division of Historical Resources
603-271-6435
MaryKate.Ryan@dcr.nh.gov

 

Historic hospital property 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 the former Margaret Pillsbury General Hospital Annex in Concord to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places.

Once part of a larger campus, the Annex embodies the architectural, ideological and technological shifts in hospital design in the early 20th century.

The Annex was built in 1927 and is the last remaining building from the Margaret Pillsbury General Hospital (MPGH) complex, which opened in 1891. Concord’s first building constructed solely for use as a hospital, MPGH was deliberately located in a working-class section of the city, where the Abbot-Downing Company and the Boston and Maine Railroad were major employers, and where there was a high concentration of both single and multi-family housing.

The Annex was intended to provide more private and semi-private rooms than were available in the main building’s wards, and its second floor served as the hospital’s maternity ward.

Among the Annex’s distinguishing characteristics are its prominent Colonial Revival-style center entrance flanked by lantern-style lights, its fire-resistant building materials – including brick, slate and tile – and its two-story solarium at the rear of the building. Inside, the layout of patient rooms is still apparent; extra-wide doors to the rooms would have accommodated hospital gurneys.

Various State of New Hampshire agencies have had offices in the building for forty years. The Division of Historical Resources moved there in 1991; the Division of the Arts, the Film and Television Office and Curatorial Services moved their offices to the building in 2012. All are part of the Department of Cultural Resources.

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.

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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