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Kimball Jenkins Event Explores Historic Preservation in Concord, NH

CONCORD, NH – Kimball Jenkins presents Architecture that Endures, with Mark Hopkins, an exploration of the qualities that make Concord’s best architecture last for centuries – and why preservation is important to community pride.

The event will look at some of the historic resources that define the gateways to downtown Concord: the 1888 Gasholder House to the south, the 1882 Kimball Jenkins House to the north, and the 1905 City Stables to the west, future home of the Abbot-Downing Historical Society’s new Concord Coach museum. These and other landmarks listed on or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places define the historic character of the city. Why are these places important? As Hopkins says, “If they weren’t there, how would you know where you are?”

A preservation consultant and 19thcentury buildings expert from Canterbury, Hopkins helped guide the 2020 restoration of the Kimball Jenkins House with contractor Rob Zielinski (Z Design) and slate roofing specialist Bill Ready (Bill’s Roofing). Hopkins did much of the final painting of the Victorian and Gothic woodwork himself. He will give an insider’s view of some of the finer architectural details of the house through photos and stories.

Concord’s historic resources have been receiving significant attention and investment. An anonymous donor pledged $500,000 to catalyze the effort to save the Gasholder, as owner Liberty Utilities works on partnering with the City of Concord, the NH Preservation Alliance, the NH Division of Historical Resources, and other stakeholders to save the building. Kimball Jenkins’s $430,000 restoration project was awarded a $202,000 grant from LCHIP (NH Land & Community Heritage Investment Program), the agency’s largest historic resource grant of the year.

The event will be held on Zoom on Tuesday, February 16that 6:00 p.m. The program is one hour followed by an optional 30-minute Q&A with Hopkins and Althea Barton, who led the Kimball Jenkins project.

Registration & Tickets at: https://www.kimballjenkins.com/upcomingevents

$15 general public

$10 for members

About Kimball Jenkins

Kimball Jenkins is a nonprofit cultural center in downtown Concord, New Hampshire. We welcome thousands of visitors to our 3-acre campus each year to engage in the arts, history, and cultural dialogue. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Concord Historic District, Kimball Jenkins offers a rare urban greenspace with a rich and diverse history stretching back millennia. It was gifted to the community in 1981 by Carolyn Jenkins, the last of six generations of Kimballs to live on the property. Kimball Jenkins is dedicated to the arts, culture, and historic preservation, and is supported by generous community contributions.

For more information about Kimball Jenkins visit www.kimballjenkins.comor call (603)225-3932.

For more on the Kimball Jenkins restoration or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit https://www.kimballjenkins.com/mansion-restoration






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