Ladd-Gilman House

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Ladd-Gilman House
ExeterNH LaddGilmanHouse.jpg
Ladd-Gilman House is located in New Hampshire
Ladd-Gilman House
Ladd-Gilman House is located in the United States
Ladd-Gilman House
Location1 Governors Lane, Exeter, New Hampshire
Coordinates42°58′54″N 70°56′57″W / 42.98167°N 70.94917°W / 42.98167; -70.94917Coordinates: 42°58′54″N 70°56′57″W / 42.98167°N 70.94917°W / 42.98167; -70.94917
ArchitectNathaniel Ladd
Part ofFront Street Historic District (#73000270)
NRHP reference #74002055
Significant dates
Added to NRHPDecember 2, 1974[1]
Designated NHLDecember 2, 1974[2]
Designated CPJuly 5, 1973

The Ladd-Gilman House, also known as Cincinnati Memorial Hall, is a historic house at 1 Governors Lane in Exeter, New Hampshire, United States. The home was built about 1721 by Nathaniel Ladd as one of the state's first brick houses, and was subsequently clapboarded three decades later. The home was purchased in 1747 by Daniel Gilman, a prominent Exeter merchant. It served as the state treasury during the American Revolutionary War when two members of the Gilman family, Col. Nicholas Gilman and his son John Taylor Gilman, later the state's governor, served as treasurers of the state. Also born in the house was Nicholas Gilman, Jr., a signer of the United States Constitution and U.S. senator from New Hampshire.

The Ladd-Gilman House was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973, principally for its association with Nicholas Gilman, Jr.[2][3] It has been maintained since 1902 by the Society of the Cincinnati, in which organization the Gilman family took a prominent role. The Ladd-Gilman House and its grounds are part of the campus of Exeter's American Independence Museum.

Nicholas Gilman, Jr., signer of the U.S. Constitution, born at Ladd-Gilman House

Description and construction history[edit]

The house is a rambling frame structure, consisting of a main block and a series of additions. The main block was originally built as a two-story brick structure. After Daniel Gilman purchased the house in 1747, it was extensively altered by Col. Nathaniel Gilman, his son. He removed the wall separating the two rooms on the right side, and built the two-bay addition beside it, knocking down the original house wall on that side, and then clapboarding the rest of the house to match the new work. A further addition, originally designed as a caretaker's residence, was added after the Society of the Cincinnati acquired the house in 1902. The interior portions of the main house feature original woodwork, including paneling, deep window seats, and fluted pilasters.[3]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b "Ladd-Gilman House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-10-20.
  3. ^ a b Robert C. Post (June 28, 1973). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Cincinnati Memorial Hall / Ladd-Gilman House" (pdf). National Park Service. and Accompanying 4 photos, exterior, from 1971 and 1973. (1.59 MB)

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