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City Hall: 1903

City Hall: 1903

1903. "City Hall -- Nashua, New Hampshire." Where municipal eagles perch. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.


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A brick in your stocking.

When this building was torn down in 1940, a local hardware store, Osgood's, gave out bricks from it for Christmas presents to it's its customers.

Page right out of history

Thank you Shorpy, et al. I lived in the North End for a decade or so around the turn of this last century. Would go for runs through Greeley Park and distinctly remember the plaque on a good size boulder informing me of the original name of "Nashville, NH". I never got the chance to look up the "why?". Denverlev - thank you for the quick synopsis. Our house was built in 1890 and still had beautiful woodwork everywhere, all original hardware on all the doors, and counterweights in all the windows. We miss it so!

Construction Instruction

City planner: "Okay, on either side of the front steps I want a wheelchair ramp installed."
Contractor: "Got it; front steps."


The mullions in that round window certainly must be intended to represent a globe and with the olive branches (though upside down) it anticipates the U.N. logo by many years.

[Strictly speaking, that's an emblem, not a logo. - Dave]

The windows

Two things:

1.You gotta love the intricate workmanship that went into the round leaded glass oculus at the cornice. (Probably ended up in a landfill sadly)
2.The sash weights for those giant size hung windows must be the size of a child.

Junior partner

In 1939, Nashua replaced this city hall with the new one below. The eagle on top of the tower and the bell (front, right) are from the old city hall.

Eagle took flight in 1940

The Eagle flew down the street when they built the new City Hall in 1940.

The building that divided the town in two.

The residents of then Nashua Village disagreed over the planned location of this building (built in 1842). It caused a split between the residents to the north and those to the south of the Nashua River. The North, whose lawyer was future President Franklin Pierce, lost to the South and broke off from Nashua, splitting the town in half, creating the town of Nashville on the north side of the river. The two towns reunited in 1853 when Nashua was incorporated as a city. This City Hall was torn down in 1940 and was replaced with a new building on the other side of Main Street. The eagle and cupola were restored and used on the new City Hall built a few blocks south of the old City Hall and is still there today.

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