Clay Memorial Library Building, National Register Nomination
Designed by well-known Fitchburg, Massachusetts architect, Henry Martyn Francis (1836-1908), the Romanesque Revival library was constructed in 1895 out of red brick and sandstone to house the Jaffrey Public Library on the first floor and the offices of the Jaffrey Selectmen on the second. Francis was an extremely prolific architect, who left an architectural legacy that included at least 30 school buildings, 25 churches, 15 libraries, numerous public and commercial buildings, and hundreds of residences, in a variety of architectural styles. A large modern addition, designed by architect John Jordan, was constructed at the back of the building in 1980.
The library was listed as a contributing resource to the Downtown Jaffrey National Register District in 2002. The Town of Jaffrey received a Certified Local Government grant to fund the National Register Nomination, which individually listed the building with significance in the category of Politics/Government as the site of the Town offices from 1895 to the 1950s, for Social History as the first public library in Jaffrey, and for Architecture, as an excellent example of Romanesque Revival architecture.
Client: Town of Jaffrey/Jaffrey Public Library
Listed to the National Register of Historic Places: October 16, 2023