One of Portsmouth’s oldest structures is the Moffatt-Ladd House on Market Street, which was built in 1763. The building has a beautiful garden hidden behind its Market Street facade, and probably one of the largest gardened open areas in downtown Portsmouth. I love the look of this building, particularly as it is offset and complemented by the modern structure at 100 Market Street just next door. I’ve always believed that our modern structures highlight the character of Portsmouth’s original buildings.
One of the largest and most beautiful stretches of green space in Portsmouth is quietly tucked behind the Moffatt Ladd House on Market Street. The first time that I saw this lush garden – it really struck me at how long and expansive the historic lot was – since I’d only really seen the main historic building and carriage house from the streetfront. Buildings on The Hill can be seen at the upper left corner while the Piscataqua River Bridge can be seen off in the distance at top right.
The little garden perched above The Oar House Deck and in front of the Moffatt-Ladd House is easy to miss. It’s this little oasis with fountains and rich colored flowers tucked right on the side of Market Street. (It’s also often overpoweringly stinky thanks to the dumpsters at the Ceres St. level). It’s well worth a stroll down if you’re heading towards Annabelle’s for some ice cream or towards the Decks or out for a Harbor Cruise.
This historic building (known as the Moffatt-Ladd House) on Market Street overlooks a beautiful public garden and a walkway that leads down to Ceres Street from the Market Street sidewalk. (Check out the link to read up more on the National Historic Landmark built circa 1763).
The carriage house set off from the house to the left recently underwent a transformation with a successful capital campaign, as the structure was lifted so the foundation could be stabilized. This beautiful structure is also one of the venues for the New Hampshire Film Festival, which comes to Portsmouth every fall and marks its 10th Anniversary this coming October!