STA making history at the Rockingham

 

The Rockingham's 18th Century facade

 

We are very excited to announce that we finally found our new office space.  On October 1st, STA purchased the Langdon Suite—part of the historic Rockingham House in Portsmouth NH. The Rockingham is one of the most beautiful buildings in town, with a rich history.  When built, the payroll for the construction of the RH was more than that for the entire Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

 

The Rockingham at 401 State Street Today

 

The expensive renovations were supervised by its owner, one the wealthiest men in America at the time, Frank Jones.  A legendary brewer, businessman, and politician, Jones was owner of the largest producer of ale in the nation. He was famous for doing everything at full throttle.  Just a few of the noteworthy people who have dined or been entertained, mingled with friends, or stayed at the Rockingham’s Langdon Suite include Presidents George Washington, Franklin Pierce, James K. Polk, Theodore Roosevelt, Chester Arthur, William Taft and John F. Kennedy,  the delegates to the 1905 Portsmouth Peace Treaty, and poet laureate Esther Buffler. Film producer, Louis de Rochemont, and his wife, screenwriter Virginia Shaler, were among the 20th century condo residents.  The Rockingham was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. STA is planning to move in early November.  Make sure to come and visit us in our new location.

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