Sea Crest Village Records, 1941-1985 – MS062

Sea Crest Village Records, 1941-1985 – MS062

Provenance: In about 1987, the records were found in a building at Sea Crest Village (later Mariner’s Village and now Osprey Landing) and Sherman Pridham, Director of the Portsmouth Public Library, was consulted about their placement. Pridham directed tham to the Athenaeum.

Citation: The Sea Crest Village Records (MS062), Manuscript Collections, Portsmouth Athenaeum

Size: 1/2 Hollinger Box (3 linear inches)

Access: No restrictions

Processed by: Reprocessed by Susan Stowe Kindstedt in 2009

Scope and Content

Sea Crest Village, originally called Wentworth Acres, was built during World War II by the Federal Public Housing Authority to house the hundreds of workers hired by the Portsmouth Navy Yard. It was transferred to private hands and became a rental after the war. This collection is made up primarily of a series of plans and architectural drawings, from the building of an elevated water tank in the Sea Crest Village area to the construction of the housing units, to later remodel of those units. Also included in the collection are advertising brochures, blank applications for residency, one issue of a newsletter published by the Village, employee information, and record books listing maintenance done on the units.

Folder List

Box 1

Folder 1 Advertising Brochures [4], undated

Folder 2 Blank Applications for Residency [3]

Folder 3 Monthly Newsletter, July 1969 – details summer activities for children, swimming lessons, garbage can notice, etc.

Folder 4 Employee Information, Brochures and Classified Advertisements – details type of individuals that made good tenants and those that should not be allowed as well as tactics for “selling” the development to good potential renters

Folder 5 Maintenance Record Book, by Unit, 1970-1985

Folder 6 Maintenance Record Book, by Unit, 1970-1985


M0211 1941 Plan of Wentworth Acres

M0211a 1941 Plan of Wentworth Acres

M0212 1971 Plan of Seacrest Village

SM035 1943 Plan of Wentworth Acres “Roof Framing Plan and Truss Details, Community Building, Details, Child Service, Garage and Paint Shop.” Project by Federal Public Housing Authority, Thomas F. McDonough, Blueprint architect/engineer

Large Manuscript Oversize Box 4

Folder 2 Blueprint plans for erection of a 200,000 gallon elevated tank in Portsmouth, dated ca. 1939-1941. Presented by Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., with Cover Sheet. Originally bound together with metal chip.

Folder 3 Untitled drawings (3) of different variations for apartment building front doors, probably 1971, Livingstone Plans

Folder 3 “Final Entrance Treatments” Pencil on Tracing Paper. Shows one (duplex) entrance and one rear or side door. Poor condition. One photo, of side door similar to drawing, affixed to upper center. Acid marks indicate there were original. Other photos affixed and now gone.

Folder 3 “Concrete pit for hose connections with quick couplers for propane gas.” 1946. Drawn by J. S., unlisted, NY architect