Kittery in York County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Peace Treaty Building
Building 86 is currently the Shipyard’s Main Administrative Building housing the offices of the Shipyard Commander. In August/September 1905 it was the site of the signing of a treaty ending the Russo-Japanese War. The envoys of Russia and Japan were invited by President Theodore Roosevelt, an ardent naval enthusiast, to Portsmouth in an attempt to bring peace to the two warring nations. The Treaty of Portsmouth was signed on September 5, 1905, and in recognition of his leadership, President Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Photo caption: Building 86, Year 1913.
Erected by Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Buildings • Notable Events • Peace. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1878.
Location. 43° 4.924′ N, 70° 44.299′ W. Marker is in Kittery, Maine, in York County. Marker can be reached from Crane Avenue. Marker is at the east end Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 116 Mac Donough Ave, Kittery ME 03904, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New Park [New Shipyard Mall] (within shouting distance of this marker); David Glasgow Farragut (within shouting distance of this marker); Shipyard Mall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic Rice Public Library (approx. 0.4 miles away); Province of Maine Marker (approx. 0.6 miles away); USMC Memorial Marker (approx. 0.6 miles away); Maine Soldiers and Sailors Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Sloop Ranger Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kittery.
More about this marker. The Shipyard is on Seavey Island which is north of the New Hampshire border in the Piscataqua River. It is accessible east of I-95 and US Highway 1 via NH 103 and the Stoddard Street Bridge. Visitors must identify themselves and obtain a pass and directions at the Yard's entrance gate, south of the bridge.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for the Treaty of Portsmouth. (Submitted on September 5, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Portsmouth Peace Treaty. This site was created in 2005 in conjunction with the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty. The site is maintained and updated continuously by the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forum with new research on the history, participants and implications of the Treaty and the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize that President Theodore Roosevelt won for orchestrating the negotiations. (Submitted on May 13, 2010, by Stephanie Seacord of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,529 times since then and 52 times this year. Last updated on October 7, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 5, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.