Watson Academy

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Watson Academy
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Location Academy St., Epping, New Hampshire
Coordinates 43°2′36″N71°4′33″W / 43.04333°N 71.07583°W / 43.04333; -71.07583 Coordinates: 43°2′36″N71°4′33″W / 43.04333°N 71.07583°W / 43.04333; -71.07583
Area 0.7 acres (0.28 ha)
Built 1883 (1883)
Architect Charles E. Joy
Architectural style Queen Anne
NRHP reference # 82000625 [1]
Added to NRHP November 9, 1982

Watson Academy is a historic school building on Academy Street in Epping, New Hampshire, United States. Built in 1883, it is the only known surviving Queen Anne style school building in southern New Hampshire. The building, which served as Epping's high school until 1966, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. [1]

Epping, New Hampshire Place in New Hampshire, United States

Epping is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 6,411 at the 2010 census.

Queen Anne style architecture architectural style

The Queen Anne style in Britain refers to either the English Baroque architectural style approximately of the reign of Queen Anne, or a revived form that was popular in the last quarter of the 19th century and the early decades of the 20th century. In British architecture the term is mostly used of domestic buildings up to the size of a manor house, and usually designed elegantly but simply by local builders or architects, rather than the grand palaces of noble magnates. Contrary to the American usage of the term, it is characterised by strongly bilateral symmetry with an Italianate or Palladian-derived pediment on the front formal elevation.

New Hampshire State of the United States of America

New Hampshire is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It is bordered by Massachusetts to the south, Vermont to the west, Maine and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north. New Hampshire is the 5th smallest by area and the 10th least populous of the 50 states. Concord is the state capital, while Manchester is the largest city in the state. It has no general sales tax, nor is personal income taxed at either the state or local level. The New Hampshire primary is the first primary in the U.S. presidential election cycle. Its license plates carry the state motto, "Live Free or Die". The state's nickname, "The Granite State", refers to its extensive granite formations and quarries.


Description and history

Watson Academy is located in geographically central Epping but north of the town center, on the north side of Academy Street between Prescott Road and Main Street. The building is basically rectangular in form, with symmetrical single-story wings extending the front facade, and is finished in a combination of wooden clapboards and fish-scale shingles. It has a variety of gables and window sizes and shapes, typical of the Queen Anne period, as well as Stick style applied woodwork. It was originally adorned with decoratively corbelled brick chimneys and a conical tower; these features have been removed. [2]

Stick style late-19th-century American architectural style

The Stick style was a late-19th-century American architectural style, transitional between the Carpenter Gothic style of the mid-19th century, and the Queen Anne style that it had evolved into by the 1890s. It is named after its use of linear "stickwork" on the outside walls to mimic an exposed half-timbered frame.

The school was built in 1883, and is the only known Queen Anne style school building in southern New Hampshire. [2] It was designed by Dover architect Charles E. Joy, who moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1884. [3] The school was built with funds bequeathed by Daniel Watson Ladd, a local businessman, in order to provide secondary school educational opportunities to students whose families could not afford to send them to other private academies. The school was managed by private trustees for five years, and then turned over to the town. It served as Epping's high school from 1888 until 1966. [2]

Dover, New Hampshire City in New Hampshire, United States

Dover is a city in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 29,987 at the 2010 census, the largest in the New Hampshire Seacoast region. The population was estimated at 31,398 in 2017. It is the county seat of Strafford County, and home to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, the Woodman Institute Museum, and the Children's Museum of New Hampshire.

See also

This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

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  2. 1 2 3 "NRHP nomination for Watson Academy". National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-07-27.
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