Lang Street, once called Winnipesaukee Street to designate the terminus of Lake Winnipesaukee, was was renamed for Joseph Whidden Lang, who, together with Amos Cram, developed the nighborhood in the 1850s.
Lang Street #24 was originally located on Main Street.
The first house on Lang Street was likely No. 24, which Mr. Lang moved from Main Street in order to clear a site for his new store. Later that same decade, the Meredith Meetinghouse was moved to Lang Street from its original location opposite the town pound on Parade Road. The meetinghouse was used by the Freewill Baptists and later served as a gymnasium for Meredith High School. Its lot at the head of Oak Street has remained vacant since it was torn down in the early 1980s.
Former site of the Meredith Meeting house, which was demolished in the 1980s.
One of the most recent buildings on Lang Street is the former Lang Street School, opened in 1925. Its form and details resemble an enlarged bungalow, a popular building type during that period. It was recently converted to a children's museum.
Just south of the old school is the Bixby House which was originally built by Meredith Public library donor Benjamin M. Smith and later owned by his Bixby relatives.
The Lang Street school around the turn of the 20th century.
Lang Street displays an abundance of one of the most popular housing styles of the late 1800s, with much of the west side of the street being lined with 1 1/2 story houses, situated with their gable-ends to the street. In addition many feature offset rear ells and, in some cases, attached barns. This type of house was common throughout northern New England villages in the second half of the 19th century, in part because it well sutied to narrower urban lots.
Today the former Lang Street School is a beautiful children's museum.
Across the street at 10 and 12 Lang Street is the same basic house, only a story higher and with more decorative detailing. Note the bracketed doorhoods, corner pilasters, heavily molded window caps and side porches - all features common to the Italianate style which dominated much of northern New England in the 1860s and '70s.
A popular late 1800s home design, with an offset rear ell and attatched barn is still visible on Lang Street today.