The Old Custom House & Post Office

The historic Old Custom House & Post Office building was originally constructed in 1880 and designed by Ammi B. Young (who also designed the Boston Custom House).  The building sits at the corner of State Street and Pleasant Street in the heart of downtown, just one block removed from Market Square.  I’ve always loved the granite building and its simple yet powerful architecture (rather attractive for what was originally a federal building).  I snapped this as I was getting into my car today to avoid the ridiculously hot interior for another minute or so.  You can see a bird in the very far distance just about center frame (above the chimney in the middle)…trying to get away from the heat too I imagine.

Below is a shot of the building from the Library of Congress, taken in 1907.

From the Library of Congress

The Portsmouth Skyline in the Spring

The Portsmouth skyline, while modest in terms of cities, will always be a stunning sight to me.  Here you can see some of the low growth vegetation on the shore in Kittery, Maine across the Piscataqua River from Portsmouth’s waterfront.  They’re a bit eerie and orange, which is due to the orange lighting from underneath the Middle Bridge.  The familiar skyline sports the North Church (and its white reflection), the Memorial Bridge off to the left, and the State Pier off to the right.

Below you can see some buds on a tree with the Custom House in the background along with the North Church.

At The Corner of Market & Ladd

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.

Here Come The Holidays

Portsmouth has begun to decorate itself in preparation for the Holiday Season.  Standing at the corner of Pleasant Street and State Street, you catch a glimpse of the wreaths now adorning the street lights with the Custom House to the left and the Rusty Hammer off to the right.  Even though it feels a bit early to prepare for the holidays, it’s a welcome sight here in town.

Custom House | Pleasant Street

The Custom House has been featured previously on The Daily Portsmouth from the vantage point of the 2nd floor at Ocean Bank.  This shot was taken from my parking spot in the employee parking lot. The building is a classic and imposing structure located in Portsmouth’s historic district downtown and plays host to several local businesses and also a delicious sushi restaurant, Sakurabana.

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Custom House | Pleasant Street

The Custom House has been featured previously on The Daily Portsmouth from the vantage point of the 2nd floor at Ocean Bank.  This shot was taken from my parking spot in the employee parking lot. The building is a classic and imposing structure located in Portsmouth’s historic district downtown and plays host to several local businesses and also a delicious sushi restaurant, Sakurabana.

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Ceres Bakery | Penhallow Street

Portsmouth is known for its wide array of delicious restaurants.  To the left is Ristorante Massimo (with a happy couple heading in for a bite) – a place I’ve yet to indulge in, but that is definitely on my list.  Ceres Bakery is easily one of the most colorful buildings in town, and they make some good food too.  Took the opportunity with the evening light to snap a self portrait.

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