WOLFEBORO — A landmark property in this lakeside community that has undergone a two-year renovation has been placed on the National Register for Historic Places.
Known locally as the Pickering House, it becomes the fifth property in Wolfeboro to earn inclusion on the National Register that recognizes places of historic significance that are worthy of preservation.
Peter Cooke and his wife, Patty, bought the 112 South Main St. property in February 2016 after it went into foreclosure after years of deferred maintenance and was being targeted as the site of a generic commercial development because of its prime location.
The couple learned April 19 that Pickering House qualified for inclusion on the Registry and have ordered a plaque to be fabricated that will be installed in a prominent but yet undecided location outside the property later this spring.
“It’s a nice acknowledgement of the work so many people put into the property and that it was worth doing,” Peter Cooke said.
“We had some very talented carpenters and craftspeople. It’s really a capstone to the project. It’s a process, but it’s a lot more symbolic than restrictive. Pickering House is an anchor to the downtown, and it helps keep historic preservation in the forefront,” he said.
Pickering House is comprised of the original 1813 structure, two ells added in the mid- and late 1800s, and a large connected barn. Architectural historian Mae Williams of Center Harbor, who was retained to research the property, has classified it as Greek Revival-style with Italianate features.
Daniel Pickering, the property’s namesake, was a prominent businessman and played a leadership role in Wolfeboro in the mid-19th century. Over a 40-year span, he opened various businesses, including the Pavilion Hotel, which attracted guests from Boston and beyond.
Patty Cooke, co-owner and designer, who is the principal at Wentworth Style, a Wolfeboro renovation consulting firm, said “it’s been gratifying to blend the old and the new at Pickering House so that this wonderful property can continue to be an important part of the fabric of our community for generations to come.”
The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources supported the inn’s nomination to the National Register in recognition of the property’s importance as a historic landmark once occupied by a prominent Wolfeboro businessman.
Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private partnerships to identify, evaluate and protect America’s historic and archaeological resources.
Pickering House joins Brewster Memorial Hall, the Libby Museum, Wolfeboro Centre Community Church and Cotton Mountain Community Church on the National Register for Historic Places.
The inn has 10 guestrooms with luxury baths, spacious common areas, patios, a wraparound porch and an attached barn for events. The property has been updated with modern conveniences including WiFi, Smart TVs and individually controlled heat/AC, while retaining the historic features.