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The Red Tower EstateHamilton Smith II

The Red Tower on Main Street in Durham, N.H. was built by the Rev. John Blydenburgh in the early 19th century. It was radically expanded and renovated by one of the University's earliest benefactors, Hamilton Smith II, and since the late 1940s, it has been a home for hundreds of UNH students. In its glory days the estate reached 70 acres to the banks of the Oyster River and was one of the jewels of New Hampshire's Gilded Age.

 

Slideshow, map and timeline: Bridget Finnegan, New and Emerging Media. Photos: Unless otherwise specified images are from the University of New Hampshire Archives. Special thanks to Richard Lord from the Durham Historical Association and Mylinda Woodward from the University of New Hampshire Archives. Learn more about Hamilton Smith II from Campus Journal.