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Property Name Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site Historic District
Reference Number 13000802
State New Hampshire
County Sullivan
Town Cornish
Street Address 139 Saint Gaudens Road
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 10/2/2013
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The Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site (NHS) is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under Criteria A, B, C, and D . It derives its primary significance under Criterion B at the national level in the area of art, as the summer and later year-round home of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens during the peak of his productive career from 1885 to 1907. Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907) rose to national prominence as one of the preeminent American sculptors of the Gilded Era and completed several major commissions in the studio at his Comish property. The property itself is a physical expression of Saint-Gaudens's classically inspired aesthetic ideals and includes a temple monument containing his ashes. The district meets Criterion A at the national level for its associations with the Cornish Art Colony, initially formed by a group of artists, designers, and other influential urbanites who perpetuated the American Renaissance movement throughout the nation. The relationships among colony members-from Saint-Gaudens, to architects Joseph Wells and Stanford White, to painter Thomas Dewing, to landscape architect Charles Adams Platt-elevated their careers through frequent collaboration and influenced American appreciation for the arts. The impmtance of Saint-Gaudens's work inspired the preservation of his Comish estate by the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial, and the district's commemorative history from 1919-1950 satisfies Criterion A at the state level in the area of conservation.


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Properties are listed in the National Register of Historic Places under four criteria: A, B, C, and D. For information on what these criterion are and how they are applied, please see our Bulletin on How to Apply the National Register Criteria