Merrill's Wharf Historic District

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Merrill's Wharf Historic District
NewBedfordMA MerrillsWharfHD CountingHouse.jpg
The former counting house at the foot of Merrill's Wharf
Merrill's Wharf Historic District is located in Massachusetts
Merrill's Wharf Historic District
Merrill's Wharf Historic District is located in the US
Merrill's Wharf Historic District
Location New Bedford, Massachusetts
Coordinates 41°37′59″N 70°55′15″W / 41.63306°N 70.92083°W / 41.63306; -70.92083Coordinates: 41°37′59″N 70°55′15″W / 41.63306°N 70.92083°W / 41.63306; -70.92083
Built 1837
Architect Edward Merrill
NRHP Reference # 77000167[1]
Added to NRHP November 11, 1977

The Merrill's Wharf Historic District is a historic district encompassing a portion of the waterfront area of New Bedford, Massachusetts. It encompasses two wharves just to the south of State Pier: the Steamboat Pier and the adjacent Coal Packet Pier. Also included is the stone counting house (also known as the Durant Sail Loft) built by Edward Merrill, the last surviving stone waterfront structure from New Bedford's heyday as a whaling center. (It does not include the long pier built by Merrill that is now called Homer's Wharf, which no longer retains historic integrity.)[2]

The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.[1] It is now part of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, with interpretive signs. The schooner Ernestina, a National Historic Landmark ship owned by the state, is berthed at Steamship Wharf.

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for Merrill's Wharf Historic District". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-06-17.