Rooflines & The Bridge

Here’s a view not seen very often – condos and a roofline, with the Memorial Bridge looming large in the background.  The shot was taken from one of the guest rooms of the Ale House Inn, which has a unique vantage point of the bridge as it lifts.  Chances are – you’re used to seeing water beneath the bridge, and appreciate seeing the bridge as a crucial element in transportation.  From this angle – it almost becomes more of a sculpture, without any direct indication of what is going on beneath the roofline. This scene will be very different in a matter of months – with the lift span being removed sometime in early 2012 and the rest of the bridge coming down soon after.

 

Rooftops on Bow Street

And today: something a little different.  I’ll get back to some lovely seascape landscapes on Thursday…but I thought I’d mix things up a bit today.  These are the rooftops of some of the condos located on the riverbank of the Piscataqua, next to Harbor Place…as seen from the rooftop perch above the Ale House Inn.

The scene was recently drenched by thunderstorms and ominous skies….so you can se the still wet bricks down below.  I instantly loved this scene – although it was a bit precarious to attempt to capture it with my camera, as it required some leaning out over the building (don’t worry, I was kept safe by a wrought iron fence).  The symmetry plus the incredible distance down to the ground and the interesting rooftop scene that is rarely seen all made for interesting elements to this shot.  I think it’s funny how the heating/air conditioning units on the top of the building appear to be bigger than the front doors down below.

The Ale House Inn (Now with iPads)

I had the opportunity to work with the great folks over at The Ale House Inn recently on putting some shots together for their 10-room boutique inn.  In addition to being very cool guys, they also happen to run a hip New England boutique inn.  (Be sure to head over to the website to check out the rest of my shots & let them know if you like how they came out!)

If you’ve never been, it’s worth a visit…cool & comfy furniture, clean rooms, recently renovated bathrooms…and now – iPads!  Each of the Deluxe rooms now comes equipped with one of the new gadgets, which you can surf on with the inn’s complimentary wi-fi.  I’m definitely looking forward to my next stay – I would recommend it if you have family/friends coming in to town – the building is centrally located on Bow Street within easy walking distance to Prescott Park, The Decks, Market Street, etc….and a nice walking distance to work off that dessert from Annabelle’s or Popovers.  The Inn is actually in the 3rd floor of the building that also houses the Seacoast Rep…which I’d previously featured here.

Ale House Inn (Bathroom)

Here’s some history on the building from the website: “The Portsmouth Brewing Company was first established in 1871 as the Harris & Mathes Company. By 1873, the brewery was operated by Arthur harris, and by 1876, it was renamed for the final time as the Portsmouth Brewing Company. The building which houses the Ale House Inn was used as a warehouse for the brewery. Thousands of kegs once rested here as they underwent fermentation. You will notice the foot thick brick walls that were built to keep the beer at the same temperature 365 days a year. While little is known about this brewery, and despite being dwarfed in publicity by its two larger rivals (The Frank Jones & Eldredge Breweries) it still managed to brew a fine product. Small, but feisty, the company advertised a wide variety of products including “India, Pale, Stock and Cream Ales, Hop Beer and Old Brown Stout” plus the uniquely named Portsburger Lager. Like many breweries, the company ceased operations in 1917 with the ratification of Prohibition.”

Ale House Inn (King Room)

The Ale House Inn

The Ale House Inn is a 10-room inn located on Bow Street downtown.  I’ve shared a few cool shots of the place in the past, and plan to post more in the future.  I love the feel of the place, very cozy and respectful of the building’s history as a grain storage warehouse for a brewery, yet modern and sleek with great furniture and amenities…and the lobby is just awesome.  The brick walls are welcoming and so is the long hallway…all in all, very New England and well worth a visit.

The Lobby of the Ale House Inn

You may have seen this shot before, but I like it so much that I’m going to post it again!  This was taken in the inviting lobby of the Ale House Inn.  The Inn was renovated recently and features the old warm brick walls of the former grain storage warehouse for a brewery that was situated on the banks of the Piscataqua River.  The hallway of the 10-room inn feels similar to the inside of a ship…but the rooms are much more modern and sport a fresh cottage/seacoast feel.  If you’re looking for a spot downtown, check them out…it’s within easy strolling distance to anywhere downtown, including The Decks, the waterfront and the Memorial Bridge.

Bow Street By Day | Bow Street by Night

Bow Street ranks as one of my favorite places in the city.  It connects the Memorial Bridge to Market Street, with great restaurants (and decks on the water) lining the street as well as several local businesses, a theater, the Ale House Inn and the Martingale Wharf building (which is finally under construction and soon to be featured in a new post).  It’s not very friendly on the cars these days due to the construction, but it’s still a neat spot to take pictures.

Bow Street By Day | Bow Street by Night

Bow Street ranks as one of my favorite places in the city.  It connects the Memorial Bridge to Market Street, with great restaurants (and decks on the water) lining the street as well as several local businesses, a theater, the Ale House Inn and the Martingale Wharf building (which is finally under construction and soon to be featured in a new post).  It’s not very friendly on the cars these days due to the construction, but it’s still a neat spot to take pictures.