Franklin Block in Olden Days
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Wagon outside Robinson hotel in Portsmouth, NH / SeacoastNh.comStrawbery Banke Presents

The massive brick Franklin Block on Congress St replaced this magnificent structure. Wealthy cabinetmaker Langley Boardman built Franklin Hall in 1819. Inside the arched second floor window was a "spring floor" designed to absorb the bouncing of many dancers. The Masons met upstairs. It burned in 1879, six years after this rare photo.

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Franklin Hotel in Portsmouth, NH 1873 (c) Strawbery Banke Museum

Early Photographs from the Collections of Strawbery Banke
by James L. Garvin & Susan Grigg, Peter Randall Publisher
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National Hotel sign across Congress St/ Strawbery Banke

Franklin Hotel detail/ Strawbery Banke Archive

Franklin Hotel bystanders detail (c) Strawbery Banke