- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The last remaining building from Concord’s first hospital has been added to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places.

The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources says the Margaret Pillsbury General Hospital Annex, built in 1927, was part of a complex that opened in 1891. The first Concord building constructed solely for use as a hospital, Margaret Pillsbury General Hospital was deliberately located in a working-class section of the city at a time when the Abbott-Downing stagecoach company and the Boston and Maine Railroad were major employers.

The annex, which included the hospital’s maternity ward, is an example of the architectural, ideological and technological shifts in hospital design in the early 20th century, according to the historical resources division. It features a prominent Colonial Revival-style center entrance, fire-resistant building materials such as brick, slate and tile, and a two-story solarium at the rear of the building.

For the last 40 years, various state agencies have had offices in the building, including the Department of Cultural Resources.

The benefits of being added to the register include special consideration and relief from some building codes and pre-qualification for many grant programs.



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