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The Wentworth-Gardner

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50 Mechanic Street, Portsmouth, NH 03802
Phone: 6034364406 | Website
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Built in 1760, the Wentworth-Gardner house is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in this country. The house was built by the Wentworth family for their son Thomas as a wedding gift. In 1915, the house was purchased by Wallace Nutting, a photographer and antiquarian. He restored the home in the Colonial Revival manner and photographed models in almost all of the rooms. In 1918, during World War I, Nutting offered the house for sale and it was purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The Met prized the house for its detailed carving and nearly perfect Georgian architecture. After the Stock Market crash of 1929, the Depression put to rest any ideas of moving the house to New York City. The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (now Historic New England) furnished the house and briefly operated it as a house museum. In 1940, the house was purchased by a group of preservation minded local citizens who established the Wentworth-Gardner and Tobias Lear Houses Association.


  • Family Friendly
  • Function Space
  • Groups Welcome
  • Water Front
  • Gay Friendly

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