Rockingham Hotel

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Rockingham Hotel
The Rockingham Hotel, Portsmouth, NH.jpg
Rockingham Hotel is located in New Hampshire
Rockingham Hotel
Rockingham Hotel is located in the US
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
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP March 11, 1982

The Rockingham Hotel is a historic former hotel and contemporary condominium in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States. A previous structure on the site was 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. Portsmouth mayor, congressman, and prominent local brewer Frank Jones bought it in 1870. After a fire in 1884, Jones rebuilt it extensively, retaining Langdon's dining room, today's 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. A hotel until 1973, the premises hosted presidents George Washington, Franklin Pierce, James K. Polk, Theodore Roosevelt, Chester A. Arthur, William H. Taft and John F. Kennedy.[2] It was converted into condominiums[3] and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.


Bust of Frank Jones 
Facade, showing busts and lions 
Langdon dining room 

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