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360 View of the N.H. Supreme Court, Now on the State Register of Historic Places

Dan Tuohy / NHPR
New Hampshire Supreme Court in Concord, Chief Justice Robert J. Lynn presiding.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court in Concord was recently among 10 properties added to the N.H. State Register of Historic Places. The Supreme Court is a symmetrical Georgian Colonial Revival building with a steel-and-concrete block frame and brick exterior. The interior features green and white marble floors.  

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Click and drag your mouse to explore the courtroom.

The state's high court is currently undergoing a roofing project, which will continue through September. The court remains open, with regular hours of operation.

Benefits of being listed on the State Register include special consideration and relief from some building codes and regulations, and designation as historical being a pre-qualification for many grant programs, according to the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. Grant programs include L-CHIP.

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N.H. Supreme Court in Concord.

Historic Designations

Several of the new adds to the State Register were built in response to the Toleration Act of 1819, which required separation of Church and State. Other buildings making the list:

Dalton Town Hall. Completed in 1845, the one-story timber framed Greek Revival building once served the community as a high school, public library, and meeting space.

Mason Town Hall. Built in 1848, the hall is considered a well-preserved examle of Greek Revival style. It continues to be used for town and social functions.

Tamworth Town Hall. This hall served Congregationalists and government needs from the mid-1790s to the early 1850s, which church members build a different building across the road. It retains its 1794 timber frame, original pulpit window and gallery columns.

Stoddard Congregationalist Church, completed in 1836, showcases Gothic Revival style.

Belmont Gale School, built in 1894, reflects Stick Style and Queen Anne styles that were popular in the late 19th century.

First Christian Church in Freedom, dedicated in 1867, and built for $3,000. It's a Greek Revival in style, with a square tower and belfry, with a cylindrical spire.

South Lee Freight Depot is one of few buildings that remain that were constructed with the arrival of the railroad to this Strafford County town in 1874.

Stratton Free Library in Swanzey, funded and designed by George William Stratton, is a 1885 brick Romanesque Revival building.

Wentworth Town Hall, built in 1899, has been used for town meetings, elementary school graduations, town plays, social events -- even roller-skating parties.

Here is another 360-degree video view of the New Hampshire Supreme Court:

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Dan is a long-time New Hampshire journalist who has written for outlets including Foster's Daily Democrat, The Citizen of Laconia, The Boston Globe, and The Eagle-Tribune. He comes to NHPR from the New Hampshire Union Leader, where he reported on state, local, and national politics.

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