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Littleton, New Hampshire Historic Buildings
 
U.S. Post Office and Courthouse Marker (<i>wide view; marker mounted just right of door</i>) image, Touch for more information
By Cosmos Mariner, July 7, 2017
U.S. Post Office and Courthouse Marker (wide view; marker mounted just right of door)
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1New Hampshire (Grafton County), Littleton — U.S. Post Office and Courthouse
This marble-fronted edifice has been the town’s Post Office since February 14, 1935. The mansion of Dr. William J. Beattie (1865-1913), a founder of Littleton Hospital, had occupied the site before the construction of this Georgian Revival . . . Map (db m116229) HM
2New Hampshire (Grafton County), Littleton — Thayer's White Mountain Hotel
In 1843, Henry Lowell Thayer (1817-1892), owner of an adjacent general store, secured this lot for a hotel. By 1850, local builders Andrew Scott and Jonathan Nurs had created an eclectic masterpiece that set a standard of scale and style for . . . Map (db m116233) HM
3New Hampshire (Grafton County), Littleton — Host to History
Thayer’s Inn has welcomed countless guests over the years. Among them have been the famous (and the infamous). A brief listing includes visiting Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Franklin Pierce, Richard Nixon, and Jimmy Carter. Also stopping here . . . Map (db m116234) HM
4New Hampshire (Grafton County), Littleton — A Legendary Landmark
When “Daddy” Thayer’s Hotel opened on January 14, 1850, its intended patrons were rail-borne travelers. In 1853, train service began, and Thayer’s ornate coach met this new breed of guests at the station. When tourism boomed, the . . . Map (db m116235) HM
5New Hampshire (Grafton County), Littleton — The Littleton Diner
On this site in 1930, Eugene and Stella Stone erected a modern parlor car diner with an open kitchen and seating for 25. Its success prompted the Stones to sell the original diner in 1940 and to replace it with this Sterling Diner manufactured . . . Map (db m116248) HM
6New Hampshire (Grafton County), Littleton — Littleton Public Library
After four attempts, a permanent public library was established in 1890. From rented quarters, it moved to the new Town Building in 1895. In 1902, to meet philanthropist Andrew Carnegie’s conditions, the Town pledged $1,500 per year for . . . Map (db m116253) HM
7New Hampshire (Grafton County), Littleton — Jax Jr. Cinemas
The Jax Jr. had two distinguished predecessors at this location. The first was the Premier Theater which John B. “Jack” Eames, “The Dean of New England Motion Picture Exhibitors,” purchased in 1920. It was destroyed by . . . Map (db m116262) HM
8New Hampshire (Grafton County), Littleton — Masonic Temple
On June 8, 1909, with elaborate pageantry, citizens celebrated the dedication of this restrained example of Beaux Arts Classicism. Unique among Main Street’s surviving structures are the imposing paired pilasters, rusticated masonry and parapet . . . Map (db m116263) HM
9New Hampshire (Grafton County), Littleton — Eames Building
John B. “Jack” Eames (1891-1951), born in Groveton, NH, came to Littleton in 1920 and purchased the Premiere Theater in the Northern Hotel block on this site. After fire destroyed the block in 1924, Jack rebuilt it to house the . . . Map (db m116266) HM
10New Hampshire (Grafton County), Littleton — Chutter Block
On this site in 1867, the Kilburn Brothers built a stereograph factory. When production moved to Cottage Street in 1873, the structure became the Dow Store, then, in 1883, the White Store owned by Rev. Frederick Chutter, former pastor . . . Map (db m116267) HM
11New Hampshire (Grafton County), Littleton — Littleton Stamp & Coin Co.
Millions of coin and stamp collectors know Littleton thought the Littleton Stamp & Coin Company, a mail order firm launched in December, 1945 on the second floor of Tilton’s Opera Block. Fannie Kasper Sundman, impressed by the friendly and . . . Map (db m116273) HM
12New Hampshire (Grafton County), Littleton — Tilton's Opera Block
Store clerk Henry Lowell Tilton (1828-1909) joined the Californian Gold Rush and returned to make his fortune in timber and real estate. In 1881, he built this, the town’s largest brick structure and the architectural template for Main Street’s . . . Map (db m116274) HM
13New Hampshire (Grafton County), Littleton — Harrington Block
In 1850, merchant Fry Gile (1819-1898) built a block here. When he moved to Kansas in 1854, it was purchased by retailer Nathan McCoy (1813-1886). The McCoy Block housed studios for the Kilburn Stereoscopic View Factory (1860-68) and in 1879 . . . Map (db m116277) HM
14New Hampshire (Grafton County), Littleton — Bugbee Block
The offices of Dr. Ralph Bugbee, Jr. (1821-1893) occupied this Italianate edifice when it was built in 1857. Beneath its bracketed cornice and formal frieze, retailers have plied clothing, hardware, books, jewelry, carpets and sporting . . . Map (db m116279) HM
15New Hampshire (Grafton County), Littleton — Parker's Marketplace
Ira Parker (1846-1938) built a house here in 1885. He had left his family’s tannery in 1866 to make gloves. By 1889 he had become general manager of the Saranac Buck Glove Company, the town’s major manufacturer. Parker sold his share in . . . Map (db m116280) HM
16New Hampshire (Grafton County), Littleton — 71 — Kilburn BrothersStereoscopic View Factory
Here, from 1867 to 1909, the world famous Kilburn brothers, Benjamin and Edward, produced and distributed thousands of stereoscopic views. Their collection, largest in the world and collector's items today, provided popular parlor entertainment . . . Map (db m116285) HM
17New Hampshire (Grafton County), Littleton — Methodist Church
This building was graced with the first church bell and spire in town. Built in 1850 on the site of the Old Red Store, a pioneer tavern, the church was dedicated on January 8, 1851. A Greek Revival portico with two fluted Doric columns was . . . Map (db m116306) HM
18New Hampshire (Grafton County), Littleton — First Congregational Church
On July 4, 1833, Main Street’s first house of “publick worship” was dedicated here on Meetinghouse Hill. Several denominations shared the English Gothic church, and it was a famed forum for abolition and temperance causes. The . . . Map (db m116307) HM
19New Hampshire (Grafton County), Littleton — Salomon Block
When fire claimed Jacob M. Salomon’s dry goods store on this site, he built this angled Georgian Revival showpiece in 1912, capping three decades of Main Street development begun by H. L. Tilton. Salomon (1878-1945) saluted his neighbor with . . . Map (db m116308) HM
20New Hampshire (Grafton County), Littleton — Brackett Block
Main Street’s oldest surviving commercial building was built of village-hewn timber in 1833 by the Brackett brothers. William (1785-1859) and Aaron B. (1797-1868) traders in general merchandise. An upstairs hall hosted meetings, notably in . . . Map (db m116309) HM
21New Hampshire (Grafton County), Littleton — 71 — Kilburn BrothersStereoscopic View Factory
Here, from 1867 to 1909, the world famous Kilburn brothers, Benjamin and Edward, produced and distributed thousands of stereoscopic views. Their collection, largest in the world and collector's items today, provided popular parlor entertainment . . . Map (db m116285) HM
 
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