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Object Name Sign, Informational
Title The Jonathan Low House
Artist James L. Garvin
Date 1976
Place of Origin Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Description "The Jonathan Low House." "From the middle 1700s until the time of the Revolution, gambrel -roofed houses were a favortie form of dwelling in Portsmouth. Many were built with two chimneys, a central hall, and dormer windows, like the Chase House across Washington Street. Others were smaller or simpler. Some lacked dormers, some were built on the central-chimney plan, and at least one --- the house that stood on this site until the mid 1880s -- was a diminutive "half house."

"Built about 1743 by joiner Jonathan Low, this miniature house occupied only the corner of the lot. Today, its location is outlined by gravel walks. The tiny size of the house -- twenty seven feet on a side -- was a consequence of its being built on a widows' one - third share of a larger lot. It was customary in the eighteenth century for a widow to receive only one third of her deceased husband's estate if there were other heirs and if he left no will specifying otherwise..."

PHOTOS:
LEFT : THE JONATHAN LOW HOUSE, CIRCA 1743
ABOVE: THE REV. SAMUEL LANGDON HOUSE, SAID TO HAVE BEEN BUILT BY HOPESTILL CHESWILL.
Accession Number 2016.6