History of Granite Block

42-44 Main Street (4-8 Grove Street)

THE GRANITE BLOCK has been an active office and retail location since 1847. The granite blocks that form the facade of the two lower floors were quarried two blocks away on Granite Street. The building was originally 2 1/2 stories built in a style very similar to that of 28-32 Main Street. It survived a disastrous fire in 1902 and was remodeled with two extra floors. The upper floor was once used as a National guard drill hall, but is now unused. 


SOURCE: A Walking Tour of PETERBOROUGH New Hampshire

Corner Main & Grove

1923-1961
John E Cass, Men's Clothing
1951-1954
Christian Science Reading Room
1961-1974
Edwin T Trufant, Men's Clothing
1975-1989
E A Bishop Co., Inc.

4 Grove Street

1926-1964
Public Service Co. of NH office
1964-1971
Simon's Jewelers
1971-1989
Hobb's Jewelers, Inc. Paul E Hobbs

8 Grove Street

1945-1957
Clukay Pharmacy, Bertram C Clukay
1957-1971
Dyer Drugs, Inc., Raymond A, William L, and Merton S Dyer
1971-1985
Montgomery Ward Catalog Sales Agency
1971-1974
Henry R Monkton
1974-1975
Ruth and Walter W Acher
1975-1985
Lurline Lynn and Euclid "Doc" Blanchard
1986-1989
Highland Clothiers, Tamara and Dean Everard

Second Floor

1899-1960
Dr Karl S Keyes, dentist
1913-1955
Judge James B Sweeney, lawyer
1920-1975
E A Bishop Co., Inc.
1930s-1950s
Lesley King's Beauty Shop
1941-1955
Richard Allen Day, insurance
1961-1972
Dr Robert B Duhaime, dentist
1975-1989
H & R Block, Inc.
1976-1989
Richard M Monahon, Jr, architect
Daniel V Scully, architect

SOURCE: Our Changing Town, Vol II, page 404-405

Historic or Common Name: Granite Block (Tarbell Block)

Construction: 1847/1902

Description: 4-story commercial block, flat roof, Federal Revival style; 1st two stories granite block; upper two stories flush board siding 

Notes: Built by A. Sawyer. Originally 2½-story granite, gable block, locally quarried granite. Tarbell Block from 1869, stores and offices, bank until 1870s. Additions: 1871 south, 1876 east. Upper stories added when rebuilt after 1902 fire. Contained clothing store, drug store. PSNH office 1926-64 (1996 II:404)

Contributing/Non Contributing: C[ontributing]

SOURCE: Driemeyer, Laura; Laprey, Kari; Monroe, Lynn; and Hill, Teresa. New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, Area Form, Peterborough Downtown Historic District, June 2010, page 99