Harrington-Smith Block

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Harrington-Smith Block
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Harrington-Smith Block is located in New Hampshire
Harrington-Smith Block
Harrington-Smith Block is located in the US
Harrington-Smith Block
Location 18--52 Hanover St., Manchester, New Hampshire
Coordinates 42°59′28″N 71°27′44″W / 42.99111°N 71.46222°W / 42.99111; -71.46222Coordinates: 42°59′28″N 71°27′44″W / 42.99111°N 71.46222°W / 42.99111; -71.46222
Area less than one acre
Built 1880 (1880)
Architectural style Queen Anne
NRHP reference # 86003367[1]
Added to NRHP January 28, 1987

The Harrington-Smith Block, formerly known as the Strand Theater and the Manchester Opera House, is a historic commercial building at 18-25 Hanover Street in the heart of Manchester, New Hampshire. Built in 1881 to a design by John T. Fanning for two prominent local developers, the building is an expansive rendition of Queen Anne styling in brick and stone. It occupies 200 feet (61 m) of frontage on Hanover Street, and 95 feet (29 m) on Elm Street, the city's principal downtown thoroughfare. The building combined retail and commercial business activities with a large performing space (now demolished) in the rear, which was accessed by a lobby on Hanover Street. The building was an early home to the Manchester Union Leader, the state's major daily newspaper. After the closure of most of the city's mills beginning in the 1930s, the upper floors of the building were converted to residential use. Major fires in 1985 resulted in the loss of the auditorium, and significant damage to the rest of the building's interior. It was rehabilitated, and continues to house shops on the ground level and residences above.[2]

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.[1]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for Harrington-Smith Block" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-05-19.