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Property Name Smith Chapel
Reference Number 13000009
State New Hampshire
County Strafford
Town Durham
Street Address 45 Mill Pond Road, Durham, NH
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 02/13/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000009.pdf
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Smith Chapel is nominated for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C for significance in the Area of Architecture. The property is significant at a local level, a recognized landmark in the Town of Durham. The picturesque stone chapel is eligible as a well-preserved example of a family memorial chapel in the Neo-Gothic style popularized in the early twentieth century for Episcopal churches and chapels. The form, massing, and decorative detailing reminiscent of the Gothic style of the Middle Ages but loosely interpreted by early twentieth-century aesthetics and preferences is characteristic for its type, style, and period of construction. The distinguishing features that constitute the style include the masonry construction, pointed arch openings and stained glass windows. The windows, particularly the altar window, are important for their artistic values, the work of a recognized stained glass manufacturer. The adjacent family cemetery in front of the building contributes to the English chapel design. The interior with elaborate trussed ceiling and chancel screen is significant for retaining its original furnishings and brass hardware. The Smith Chapel and cemetery have a high degree of architectural integrity making the property a good example of the building practices of a particular time in history. The Period of Significance for the property begins with the year of its design and construction, 1900. The end date of 1919 coincides with the placement of the last historic gravestone and the end of active use of the property by the family. Smith Chapel meets National Register Criteria Consideration A for religious properties, because it has significance in the Area of Architecture. The attached site does not need to meet Criteria Consideration D for cemeteries, because it is nominated along with the associated building.

 

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