New Hampshire Governor's Mansion

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H. Styles Bridges House
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New Hampshire Governor's Mansion is located in New Hampshire
New Hampshire Governor's Mansion
New Hampshire Governor's Mansion is located in the United States
New Hampshire Governor's Mansion
Location21 Mountain Rd., Concord, New Hampshire
Coordinates43°14′20″N 71°32′16″W / 43.23889°N 71.53778°W / 43.23889; -71.53778Coordinates: 43°14′20″N 71°32′16″W / 43.23889°N 71.53778°W / 43.23889; -71.53778
Area11 acres (4.5 ha)
Builtca. 1835
ArchitectGraham, Charles
Architectural styleGreek Revival
NRHP reference #05001444[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPDecember 22, 2005
Designated NHSRHPJuly 25, 2005[2]

The New Hampshire Governor's Mansion, known as "Bridges House", is the official residence of the Governor of New Hampshire and the governor's family. Bridges House, located at 21 Mountain Road in Concord, the capital of New Hampshire, has served as the governor's official residence since 1969. Built in 1836, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 22, 2005.[1]

Description and history[edit]

The New Hamsphire Governor's Mansion is located in a rural-residential setting about 2 miles (3.2 km) north of downtown Concord, on the west side of Mountain Road (New Hampshire Route 132) north of the East Concord exit from Interstate 93. It is set on eleven landscaped acres, with views toward downtown Concord, Rattlesnake Hill, and the Merrimack River valley. The house is a ​2 12 story brick building, with a side gable roof and end chimneys. It is oriented facing south, with a five-bay front facade. The main entrance is at the center, flanked by sidelight windows and topped by an entablature and granite lintel. Windows are set in rectangular openings, with granite sills, and granite lintels on the first floor windows. The street-facing east facade has a pedimented brick gable with a deep recess at the center and ogee crown moulding along the rake edge.[3]

The house was built by Charles Graham about 1836. It is a particularly early example in the state of Greek Revival architecture executed in brick, a building material that was only then beginning to come into wider use for home construction in central New Hampshire.[3] Styles Bridges, governor of New Hampshire (1935–36) and U.S. senator for 25 years thereafter, lived here from 1946 until his death. Bequeathed to the state upon the death of his widow Doloris Bridges, in 1969 it became the governor's official residence.[4]

Not all governors live in the mansion during their tenure. Recent examples include John Lynch, a resident of nearby Hopkinton, and Maggie Hassan, a resident of Exeter, who resided instead on the campus of Phillips Exeter Academy where her husband, Thomas Hassan, served as principal.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places". New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for H. Styles Bridges House". National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  4. ^ "NH State Register of Historic Places: Bridges House, Concord". New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. 2008-10-09.

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