A DOOR US

Early 20th century postcard of the Warner House front door. Early 20th century postcard of the Warner House front door. Courtesy of the Portsmouth Athenaeum.

 

Warner House Front Door Project

During the 18th & 19th century, many notable Portsmouth residents passed over the Warner House threshold and through the nine-paneled door at 150 Daniel Street. When the house became a museum in 1932, visitors from all over the world have done the same. But after 300 years, the venerable front door is in need of repairs.

The wooden trim surrounding the front door is twisting and separating from the brick walls. Most alarmingly, since the completion of our LCHIP project, a one inch gap has opened between the wood and stone sections of the threshold (the bit of wood and stone you step over when you enter through the door). This opening allows water, snow, and ice to reach our 300 year old structural system and can cause substantial damage--and it may already have.

Right now, we know the movement has caused the trim to pull away on the interior and exterior. What we don't know is the extent of structural damage beneath the threshold, which could be extensive. It is imperative we address this now and prevent further deterioration but we need your help! The estimated cost of repair is $20,000.

 

Until October 1st, the Warner House has received a matching gift of $10,000. We know you adore this historical landmark, so please help us reach that goal!

 

Front Door Spring 2018

 

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Please make a donation today either by clicking the "DONATE" button below or by mailing a check to the following address:

Warner House Association

P.O. Box 895

Portsmouth, NH, 03802-0895

If writing by check, please put "Front Door Project" on the memo line.

 

Thank you! Your support will carry us over the threshold!

[Image: Postcard courtesy of the Portsmouth Athenaeum.]

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