Gale Memorial Library

696 North Main Street
Laconia, N.H.

Year Built: 1901

This building was built in 1901 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The main library building is an example of Romanesque Revival style – a style that emphasizes weight and mass through rock-faced masonry, heavy arches, and broad roofs. This style was inspired by H. H. Richardson and designed by Boston architect Charles Bingham and built by E. Noyes Whitcomb and Co. of Boston, using Deer Island granite, New Brunswick granite, oak paneling, and stained glass windows.

In 1956-1957 a two story wing was added on to house the Children’s Room, a workspace area, and the Martha Prescott Auditorium.


• National Register


• National Register of Historic Places, 9/12/1985, National Park Service #85002185, Charles Brigham, architect.

• "A New England Architect and His Work," Oscar Fay Adams, New England Magazine, June, 1907 (Charles Brigham, architect).


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