On The Hill

The Norther Tier of Portsmouth is an interesting and changing place.  The neighborhood known as The Hill sits atop this part of town in the block between Deer Street and Hanover Street, and is filled with older historic homes from the area that were saved from the urban renewal efforts that saw hundreds of homes torn down to make way for the former Parade Mall (soon to be Portwalk Place).  It’s an interesting spot and ensures that this part of town will always have some historic character amidst the larger brick buildings that now include the Residence Inn and the Sheraton and will soon include more residences as part of the progress of the Portwalk Place project. The brick driveways and pastels of the clapboards are a nice part of the rich historic fabric of our charming town. (don’t miss the crescent moon hovering over the chimney at center frame)

Hilton Garden Inn on The Hill

Atop Portsmouth’s historic North End neighborhood sits several old colonial homes that remind me of what it must have been like to walk around town 100-200 years ago.  Along with those historic homes that are now part of the historic condominium made on site to protect the buildings sit several redeveloped parcels including the Hilton Garden Inn (which is across the street from the notorious bomb scare on Hanover Street), with the Portwalk Place project just down the hill on the same block.

All in all it’s a beautiful area, becoming more so as the redevelopment of the Parade Mall real estate continues to enhance the curb appeal of this growing part of town.  I like this particular shot because it captures the new bricks of the Hilton along with the Piscataqua River Bridge and the Sarah Long Bridge together with the colorful historic homes located in the Northern Tier.

Residence Inn | Portwalk Place

The Residence Inn at Portwalk Place is officially open for business.  Word went out today in the Portsmouth Herald – and I happened to drive by this morning due to my usual route being unavailable thanks to some ongoing infrastructure work and sidewalk improvements on Market Street, so I snapped a couple shots.

The building doesn’t boast the most earth shattering architectural features, but to me it marks an improvement over the languishing Parade Mall project (and it doesn’t stop me from trying to make it look interesting), and I’m always a sucker for new construction.  I think once the entire project is complete with the future office/retail component, it will continue to bring a new feel to the North End.  Change is constant downtown, and I’m happy to see another construction project buttoned up for the time being.  Soon the lifts should be gone and hopefully the surface parking next door will be open for business.

100 Market Street

This shot was taken from the corner of Hanover Street & Market Street.  The building at 100 Market is one of the newer commercial real estate additions in town, one of the first major redevelopment projects dating back 5-10 years ago (I’m not sure when it was completed)….then came the Popovers building on Congress Street, some residential buildings on State Street, The Martingale Wharf and now Portwalk Place.  It’s no secret that I love this building, not so much for the architecture, which I happen to enjoy, but for the view it affords those who get to visit the 100 Club.

I wanted to feature 100 Market Street today because I have a few photographs that will be featured as part of an exhibit opening today (May 14th) and running through August 1st.  The show features the visual/performing arts as interpreted by visual artists.  I took a quick walk through as pieces were being hung yesterday, and it looks to be a dynamic show – featuring some great concert portraits by Nancy Grace Horton and other photographers, painters, etc.  My shots are on the 1st floor (enter through the door shown above)…and feature some behind the scenes shots from ‘Round the Square, which I sat in on one evening a few weeks back.  I had a blast shooting in a different setting and out of my comfort zone…looking forward to the next opportunity.

Portwalk | The (former) Parade Mall

The old Parade Mall building, a scar on Portsmouth’s landscape from the urban renewal efforts back in the 60s or 70s…is no longer.  This shot captures the building in its nearly completely demolished state on June 20, 2009.  As of June 30th, the building is completely gone…and will become the new Portwalk redevelopment, which is slated to beautify the northern tier of the city and better tie in the area near the Sheraton to the Vaughan Mall (and further to Congress Street).  I loved the blues on the cars and the bike and the hint of it in the sky.

Full size here:  FLICKR

Article in Foster’s here: PORTWALK

Portwalk | The (former) Parade Mall

The old Parade Mall building, a scar on Portsmouth’s landscape from the urban renewal efforts back in the 60s or 70s…is no longer.  This shot captures the building in its nearly completely demolished state on June 20, 2009.  As of June 30th, the building is completely gone…and will become the new Portwalk redevelopment, which is slated to beautify the northern tier of the city and better tie in the area near the Sheraton to the Vaughan Mall (and further to Congress Street).  I loved the blues on the cars and the bike and the hint of it in the sky.

Full size here:  FLICKR

Article in Foster’s here: PORTWALK