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The Architectural History of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, established June 12, 1800 during the administration of President John Adams, is the U.S. Navy's oldest continuously operating shipyard. Its architectural fabric represents more than 200 years of pre- and post- Navy development (the Piscataqua region’s shipbuilding tradition reaches back to the late 17th century and extends to the present day era of submarines). This lecture will include a review of historic and modern imagery to illustrate the breadth of architectural resources that existed in the past and those extant today. The work of noted architects and engineers, including Alexander Parris, B.F. Chandler and W.M.F. Poindexter, will be highlighted.

5:00 Wine and Cheese, 5:30 Lecture Begins

Tyco Center
Strawbery Banke, Portsmouthy