Wentworth-Gardner House exterior


A black-and-white print of this Wallace Nutting photograph of a front exterior view of the Georgian-style Wentworth-Gardner House on Mechanic Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire after the restoration by Nutting. The front door is surmounted by a broken scroll pediment with a pineapple finial, a symbol of prosperity and hospitality, on the center block pedestal. A low stone wall surrounds the property. Mrs. Elizabeth Rindge Wentworth built the house in 1760 as a wedding gift for her son Thomas, who died in 1768. In 1793, Major William Gardner bought the house and lived there until he died in 1833. In 1915, Wallace Nutting purchased the house, restored the building, and added it as one of the five sites in his for-profit enterprise, the Wallace Nutting Chain of Colonial Pictorial Houses. A sign, "1766, Wallace Nutting, Colonial Chain, Wentworth-Gardner House", stands in front of the house.


Descriptive Terms

historic house museums (buildings)
Georgian (British Renaissance-Baroque style)
restoration (process)
exterior views
scrolled pediments
pineapple (motif)
black-and-white prints (photographs)

Additional Identification Number

DigitalID 000512
AccessID 719
Other identifier HNEDID-000512

Physical Description

1 photograph

Collection Code


Collection Name

Norman Morrison Isham photographic collection

Reference Code


Date Notes

ca. 1915


Portsmouth (Rockingham county, New Hampshire)

Record Details


Nutting, Wallace, 1861-1941 (photographer)

Material Type

black-and-white prints (photographs)

Other People

Wentworth, Thomas, 1740-1768
Gardner, William, 1751-1834
Wentworth, Elizabeth Rindge

Other Organizations

Wallace Nutting Chain of Colonial Pictorial Houses


Mechanic Street (Portsmouth, N.H.)
Architectural photography

Description Level


Location Note

Isham Collection: New Hampshire: Portsmouth: Wentworth Gardner House