Rockingham Hotel

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Rockingham Hotel
The Rockingham Hotel, Portsmouth, NH.jpg
Rockingham Hotel is located in New Hampshire
Rockingham Hotel
Location 401 State St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Coordinates 43°4′31″N 70°45′35″W / 43.07528°N 70.75972°W / 43.07528; -70.75972Coordinates: 43°4′31″N 70°45′35″W / 43.07528°N 70.75972°W / 43.07528; -70.75972
Area 0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Built 1785
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Colonial Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference #

82001693

[1]
Added to NRHP March 11, 1982

The Rockingham Hotel is a historic hotel building in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It was originally built in 1785 as a residence by Woodbury Langdon, prominent merchant and politician.[2] Thomas Coburn converted it into a hotel which opened November 1, 1833. Frank Jones, who was, among other things, mayor of Portsmouth, a US Representative, and a brewer, bought it in 1870. After a fire in 1884, Jones rebuilt it extensively. The only significant part saved from Langdon's mansion was the dining room, which is now the Library Restaurant.[2]

The building incorporates lions, Jones's personal symbol, terra cotta sculptures of the Four Seasons of Man, and busts of Jones and Langdon. It was a hotel until 1973 and is now condominiums.[3] The building has been host to presidents George Washington, Franklin Pierce, James K. Polk, Theodore Roosevelt, Chester A. Arthur, William H. Taft and John F. Kennedy.[2]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Gallery[edit]

The bust of Frank Jones 
The bust of Woodbury Langdon 
Facade, showing the busts and the lions 
The Langdon dining room 

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c "History". Library Restaurant. Retrieved December 30, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Rockingham Hotel". PortsmouthNH.com. Retrieved December 30, 2009.