Weston Observatory (Manchester, New Hampshire)

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Weston Observatory
Weston Observatory, Derryfield Park.jpg
Weston Observatory (Manchester, New Hampshire) is located in New Hampshire
Weston Observatory (Manchester, New Hampshire)
Weston Observatory (Manchester, New Hampshire) is located in the US
Weston Observatory (Manchester, New Hampshire)
Location Oak Hill, Derryfield Park, Manchester, New Hampshire
Coordinates 43°0′4″N 71°26′21″W / 43.00111°N 71.43917°W / 43.00111; -71.43917Coordinates: 43°0′4″N 71°26′21″W / 43.00111°N 71.43917°W / 43.00111; -71.43917
Area 0.7 acres (0.28 ha)
Built 1897
Architect Davis & Raynes; Head & Dowst
NRHP Reference # 75000128[1]
Added to NRHP May 28, 1975

The Weston Observatory is a historic folly on Oak Hill, Derryfield Park in Manchester, New Hampshire. It is a five-story granite tower standing 66 feet (20 m) tall, which was built in 1897 by the city using funds bequested by James A. Weston, a Manchester native who served twice as Governor of New Hampshire. It was originally open to the public during the warmer months of the year, but was commandeered for military use during the Second World War, and was thereafter used to house police transmitters. It was not well maintained by the city and allowed to fall into disrepair,[2] but has been restored.

The tower was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[1]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for Weston Observatory" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 

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