The Press Room

The Press Room is one of Portsmouth’s most longstanding establishments – and is unquestionably the destination for live music in Portsmouth.  The place has a phenomenal vibe, and live music every night of the week…with rustic exposed wooden beams, a cozy bar, and a friendly atmosphere. Next time you’ve got a hankering for music and a pint…head over to Daniel Street. The architect of the institution’s rich music history and culture, Bruce Pingree, was recently interviewed by Gossip Lady over at SeacoastOnline.com.

It was trash day downtown…the recycling bins and trash cans sit out on the sidewalk after Public Works did their thing.  It brings a real tangible dynamic to the otherwise picturesque storefront.

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Market Square | Wide Angle

This is one of my favorite shots of Market Square I’ve captured over the past couple years.  It’s a Christmas time panoramic shot featuring a wonderfully wide angle view of Market Street, Daniel Street, a glimpse of the Christmas Tree and of course, Breaking New Grounds.  The sunset this afternoon was just incredible with rich orange tones just reaching over the rooftops of the Congress Street buildings to illuminate the Alie Jewelers building and the Market Street rowhouses in the distance.  You can even see a little tiny bird flying just above the Market Street roadway in the upper left area.  This one will look gorgeous large-scale, and I plan to make some cool huge prints out of it for my house or office.  Hope you enjoy!

In case you’re in a pinch and still have to do some last minute shopping, please consider buying a few prints for your friends and family who love Portsmouth!  I have images from Portsmouth and many other spots throughout the US (NYC, Boston, Yellowstone…).  Happy Holidays to all. Visit http://philipcasecohen.com to review the full gallery…

The Post Office | Rebuilding Portsmouth

As you may or may not know, the giant hulking structure in this shot to the left (very clearly a federal building), is the Post Office of Portsmouth.  The Post Office and the other federal tenants inside the building are slated for relocation to a new space in the Pease Tradeport in 2014.  Normally, this really wouldn’t be very interesting except for some commercial real estate being vacant….HOWEVER, because the building will be conveyed to the city of Portsmouth – this means that a world of opportunity awaits and the city could get a drastic facelift.

As seen in this shot from Bow Street, the property goes from the front entrance of the building on Daniel Street (across from the Press Room), all the way to the street side on Bow St.  The parking area is massive, and as seen from above (google map below)…the parcel is huge and basically represents the largest redevelopment in Portsmouth since the redevelopment of Market Square.  Pretty exciting stuff on the horizon – let’s hope the process goes smoothly and the city gets a great upgrade.

Thanks to my good friend Brian Matiash for helping select a shot for today’s post…I’ve got a few in the queue and within an instant of seeing this one, it caught his eye (which says a lot since he’s got a ridiculously keen eye). Head over to his page to check him out.
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Warner House | Portsmouth, NH

The Warner House is a pretty cool/old looking building on Daniel Street.  I couldn’t tell you much about it other than that I like to look at it.  Ale House Inn and Bow Street can be seen in the background.  More relevant info below, Courtesy of PortsmouthNH.com:

“The Warner House is the only surviving mansion of many that once lined Daniel Street. Built in 1716-18, it is the region’s finest urban brick residence of this era. Inside, the earliest-known painted murals in the United States line the hall staircase.

Occupied by generations of the same family for 200 years, the mansion contains an outstanding collection of early portraits and Portsmouth furniture. The building is owned and operated by the Warner House Association.”

Warner House | Portsmouth, NH

The Warner House is a pretty cool/old looking building on Daniel Street.  I couldn’t tell you much about it other than that I like to look at it.  Ale House Inn and Bow Street can be seen in the background.  More relevant info below, Courtesy of PortsmouthNH.com:

“The Warner House is the only surviving mansion of many that once lined Daniel Street. Built in 1716-18, it is the region’s finest urban brick residence of this era. Inside, the earliest-known painted murals in the United States line the hall staircase.

Occupied by generations of the same family for 200 years, the mansion contains an outstanding collection of early portraits and Portsmouth furniture. The building is owned and operated by the Warner House Association.”