Public Library – Allenstown NH

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The Allenstown Public Library was erected in 1934 by Public Works Administration (PWA) workers at a cost of $13,138.00. This Colonial Revival structure was designed by Harold, Homes, Owen, Inc. The original contract stipulated that the majority of the construction work was to be by hand in order to employ more local workers longer.

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http://www.nh.gov/nhdhr/programs/state_reg_list_details.htm

Public Buildings: A Survey of Architecture of Projects Constructed by Federal and other Governmental Bodies Between the Years 1933 and 1939 with the Assistance of the Public Works Administration by C. W. Short and R. Stanley Brown. US Government Printing Office, 1939. 

New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources Individual Inventory Form

Project originally submitted by Andrew Laverdiere and Patricia Adams on May 30, 2014.

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Location Info


95 Maint St.
Allenstown, NH 03275

Coordinates: 43.1304695, -71.45311559999999

4 comments on “Public Library – Allenstown NH

  1. The Allenstown Public Library was actually a project of the Public Works Administration ( a division of the WPA). Ground was broken for the construction in the spring of 1934 and the building was completed and the library opened in October of 1934 at a construction cost of $13,138.00. The library was built to give not only educational resources to the town, but also to employ local townspeople. The original contract stipulated that most of the work was to be done by hand, without machinery, in order to employ the workers for a longer time.

    • Gabriel Milner

      Thank you for your correction! (The WPA wasn’t even formed until 1935.) As to the other information you provided, would you be able to provide a source? If so, you may email [email protected] and will add your contributions and credit you.

  2. Source: Public Buildings: A Survey of Architecture of Projects Constructed by Federal and other Governmental Bodies Between the Years 1933 and 1939 with the Assistance of the Public Works Administration by C. W. Short and R. Stanley Brown. US Government Printing Office, 1939. Also, New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources Individual Inventory Form (this is the form that was submitted to the state to have the library placed on the State Register of Historic Places).

    • Gabriel Milner

      Thank you for sending this information along. I’ve added it to the site description and credited you.

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