Off to the market. Do you need anything? 🍎🧀🍞🥩🥦#throwbackthursday
In 19th-century Portsmouth, you might have frequented the brick market at Jefferson Hall, which once stood on the edge of Market Square. Here’s a view of the building, at left, and the Piscataqua Savings Bank down Pleasant Street, c. 1864.
For six decades, Jefferson Hall had served both as a public market and town hall. On the first floor, there was a series of arched openings for ten merchant stalls with 12’ high ceilings, and on the second floor, there was an auditorium for town and public meetings.
The 1802-fire had destroyed an earlier Jefferson Hall (just built in 1800) along with other buildings along Market Square and Market Street. By 1804, the new Jefferson Hall opened, possibly built by Bradbury Johnson (1766-1819), the master joiner and architect who constructed the Athenaeum’s 1805 building (following the fire).
In November 1864, the brick market stalls were transformed into “City Rooms,” and the entire building became city hall. The Portsmouth Journal described the renovation in religious terms as “they have made clean the inside of the cup and platter; and without—well it is to hope that extortion and excess will always be kept without.” In 1873, the exterior was remodeled (something the Journal lamented had not been done in ’64), and in 1875, the old market stalls were abolished.
In 1910, city hall relocated to the old high school on the corner of Daniel and Chapel streets. According to the Portsmouth Herald, the City of Portsmouth hoped to keep the former Jefferson Hall for use as a public building; however, later that year, the City sold the building to New Hampshire National Bank.
On April 29, 1912, the New Hampshire National Bank and the Portsmouth Trust and Guarantee Company opened the doors to its “new building erected on the site of the Old City Hall.”
[Gift of Dorothy Vaughan, PS0223]
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