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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.]


The Portsmouth Advocates has awarded the Warner House Association with an award for Continued and Sensitive Maintenance of a Historic Property. The preservation award ceremony will be on Nov. 16, 2017 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH. This award follows the successful completition of the Land & Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) matching grant that allowed for structural repairs to the Warner House.  While there always work needed for a building over 300 years old, the LCHIP matching grant allowed for foundation, window and roof repairs. Warner House Building and Grounds Chair Kerry Vautrot oversaw the LCHIP project from the grantwriting, contractor coordination and its completion.  

Please come celebrate with the Warner House! The award ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

From the Discover Portsmouth website:

Portsmouth Advocates, a key program of the Portsmouth Historical Society, is preparing for awards season! Since 1989 Portsmouth Advocates has honored individuals and projects that enhance the city’s unique historic character and make Portsmouth a better place to live and work. On Thursday November 16 from 5:30-7pm at Discover Portsmouth, the Advocates will continue this tradition by presenting awards to exceptional individuals and projects completed over the last year.

Project-specific awards include the following:

Restoring the Integrity of a Resource: 496 Middle Street
Continued and Sensitive Maintenance of a Historic Property: The Masonic Hall on Middle Street, and the Warner House
New Construction in a Historic Context: Islington Street Condos/Old Port Traders site, and the African Burying Ground
Arthur J. Gerrier Memorial Award, which is presented to an individual who is committed to serving our historic community. Arthur Gerrier was a member of the Portsmouth Advocates Board and an outstanding architectural historian: Dick Adams
John Grossman Memorial Award, which recognizes an individual who makes a reality of an organization’s mission and bridging the theoretical and the practical. John Grossman was a tireless supporter of Portsmouth non-profits and Chair of Portsmouth Advocates for many years: Valerie Cunningham

About Portsmouth Advocates

Formed in 1980, Portsmouth Advocates was established to “promote the maintenance of the historical and architectural integrity of the structures and cityscape of the City of Portsmouth.” In 2012 Portsmouth Advocates became part of Portsmouth Historical Society.

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Visit the Warner House to see a Civil War era interior painting of the Warner House in situ. The painting Sherburne House, Portsmouth, N.H., 1865 by Worthington Whittredge depicts the hallway of Sherburnes, descendants of the Warner family. Remarkably, the hall looks almost the same now as it did 150 years ago. The painting is on loan from the Currier Museum of Art and can be seen at the Warner House until the end of the season on October 15, 2017.

Click here for more information on the Currier Museum of Art.     


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