Wilton Town Hall Goes on Nat’l Register for Historic Places

Wilton Town Hall Exterior Color

Photo courtesy of the NH Division of Historic Resources

SunapeeNews.com regularly reports on historic preservation in the Granite State. This article is about one of NH’s historic buildings that, similar to the the Sunapee Old Town Hall, once housed an array of town services and offices. The Wilton Town Hall (shown) now hosts a popular, film-viewing theatre. Wilton is located in south-central NH.

The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources recently announced that Wilton Town Hall has been honored by the United States Secretary of the Interior with placement on the National Register for Historic Places.

Built in 1884, the Wilton Town Hall was the first building in town to consolidate government functions, serving as town office, police department, selectmen’s office, town library and auditorium. Its striking design, in the Queen Anne Style, is the work of the once-prominent architectural firm of Merrill & Cutler in Lowell, MA. Within the well-preserved asymmetrical brick façade is a noteworthy town hall with a coffered ceiling of cherry beams, white ash bead-board wainscoting, and window and door surrounds.

Today the Wilton Town Hall is a popular film viewing destination, showing a variety of first-run films as well as art house movies usually shown in theaters closer to metropolitan areas like Boston. For more information on seeing a film at the Wilton Town Hall, visit www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com.

Administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation and is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect our historic and archeological resources.

Wilton Town Hall joins a growing list of significant New Hampshire buildings, districts, sites, structures and objects that are important in defining the state’s history and character and that have been designated to the National Register for Historic Places.

For more information on the National Register program in New Hampshire, please visit www.nh.gov/nhdhr or contact Peter Michaud at the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources at (603) 271-3483.

New Hampshire’s Division of Historical Resources, the “State Historic Preservation Office,” promotes the use, understanding and conservation of NH’s historic resources for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of the state’s citizens.

Related articles:

Newbury Meeting House, A Labor of Love (SunapeeNews.com)

Sunapee Old Town Hall Listed on NH Register of Historic Places (SunapeeNews.com)

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