One of my favorite hanging signs in Portsmouth is the legendary beer stein that welcomes passers-by to the Portsmouth Brewery on Market Street, one of the city’s staple restaurants for nearly a couple decades. The beautiful colors surrounding the windows and reflected in them have always drawn me in.
Today’s post features two views from the corner of Bow Street & Ceres Street. The shot above features the view towards Market Street with The Dolphin Striker off to the right with its blue canopy, and the NJM Gallery to the left with its painted red bricks & bright blue trim around its colorful windows. Below, the restaurant known as Two Ceres Street can be seen at the bottom of the staircase next to Izzy’s. Though I’ve yet to stop in for dinner or drinks, I’ve heard great things about both – and something about a special “green drink”.
Please come visit tomorrow for a very special post and a beautiful photo of a new scene.
The new brick sidewalks on Ceres Street are looking good (though I miss the old worn bricks), and the early morning light was something that I don’t often shoot in – so I was loving the different lighting and early shadows. Along with the sidewalks, the bricks of the building look great, and I’ve always wanted to live in one of the rowhouses with their cool staircases to the upper levels. I’m sure it gets a bit loud during the warmer months, but I’m pretty sure the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. It was also the first time I’d seen the Black Trumpet’s yellow door open during the day to reveal the cool gold staircase inside.
It’s pretty cool how the contours of so many buildings downtown match their surroundings. You can see how the building at the corner of Market & Ladd Streets curves around Ladd Street (where the Old Stove Bakery is located). The row houses on Market Street are similar along with several others I can’t think of at the moment…and you can’t go wrong with so many bricks. Add in a dose of early evening light and some electricity – and you get a pretty cool scene.
I thought I’d mix it up a bit today and feature one of my favorite hanging signs. The Common Man took over the former Victory Restaurant at 96 State Street during 2009, in the historic district near Prescott Park and the Memorial Bridge. I just love the size of the sign and the blue of the sky against the bricks of the building and the subtlety of the lighting on the sign. This one is an interesting contrast to the neon sign (another favorite) of The Rosa just across the street – which I’ve included below.
A view down Market Street on a Friday evening. In the distance you can see the cranes of the freighter docked in town hovering over the colored facades of the Market Street rowhouses. In the foreground you can see Kennedy Studios custom framing & gallery at the corner of Commercial Alley – and the Portsmouth Brewery can be seen across the street. A quiet scene before downtown was greeted by its many guests on Friday night. Below is a view in the opposite direction on a spring afternoon with a very cool sky.
Here is a street scape view of Bow Street, to complement the post from earlier this week that depicted the waterside view. There is no shortage of hanging signs on this side of the buildings – prime advertising for the businesses lucky enough to have such a great spot. Only a few more weeks until the newly configured decks will be open for business. Below is another shot of Bow Street taken from 100 Market Street, where you can see the curve of the street.