Everyone knows the history in the seacoast is incredibly rich. We are fortunate to also have some lasting relics of times gone by. Here is the kitchen area of the Wentworth-Gardner house, the beautiful Georgian style mansion located on the South End Waterfront. From the instant you step inside this beautifully maintained home it is evident that it’s from a different era. Just look at all the rich light and textures and the massive built-in. Check it out sometime if you have the opportunity…their website is here.
The story behind the impressive Wentworth-Gardner mansion that stands opposite the waterfront in the South End is a cool one. Head over to the Wentworth-Gardner’s website to learn more. I’m very pleased to be part of an opening happening in June that will highlight the history and beauty of the home. The craftsmanship of the home is incredible, and the moment you step inside the structure, you’re instantly transported back in time. I highly recommend making a point to check this out sometime this summer once its open house hours return.
Digging back once again through the archives and finding some stuff that I really like – and approaching it with a fresh eye and a different mindset on processing. It’s brought some refreshing clean light to the homes along the waterfront in the south end in this shot from the fall of 2009. It seems like eons ago in my photographic adventure….and I’m glad I took the time to venture back. Hope you all enjoy…stay tuned in over the weekend for a couple fresh scenes never before featured here at The Daily Portsmouth!
We are fortunate here in the Seacoast to still have so many historically rich pieces of architecture. One of these such gems is the Georgian structure known as the Wentworth-Gardner house…which sits in the South End overlooking Peirce Island and the back channel of the Piscataqua River. While I was shooting the structure (originally built in 1760), I was fascinated by many details in the building – with this banister & balusters being one of the coolest and most painstakingly crafted features.
Be sure to see some previously featured shots of the Wentworth-Gardner by clicking HERE.
In another installment of Streets of the South End – Mechanic Avenue is featured…I absolutely love this part of town. Mechanic Ave is located along the waterfront of the back channel in one of Portsmouth’s most picturesque portions of waterfront. This section can somewhat be seen in yesterday’s post, which was taken from the Peirce Island bridge….where you can see the wharfs and the waterfront scene. The Wentworth-Gardner House is the large home featured prominently in the shot – and is one of the best examples of Georgian architecture in the country. You have to click this one to view it LARGE!
As we all know, Portsmouth is one of the most charming and historic towns in New England. Being one of the oldest settlements in the country, there are many structures remaining from earlier eras. We are lucky to have some so well preserved, that when you walk in you can just feel the history in the place. I’m sure that there are many places in Portsmouth that, and I’m happy to report that I’ve been to a few including Strawbery Banke, the Portsmouth Athenaeum (had an AWESOME visit to the reading room), with my latest visit being last week to the Wentworth-Gardner House. I’m working with some great folks over there to get some images they can use for their website.
The house was built in 1760 and sits across Mechanic Street from the back channel of the Piscataqua River. The Wentworth-Gardner opens for tours on June 12th, and tours are available Wednesday through Sunday from 12-4pm. They also do a very cool art show dubbed “Inspired Creations” where they invite artists into the home to create an original piece of artwork that complements the home, which runs every year. I’ll have more shots up in the future that highlight more rooms, including a very cool mural and some original fireplaces. I loved the little model house that sits on the table in the middle of the room in the shot below.
Head over to their website for some history, but for starters: “Built in 1760, the Wentworth-Gardner house is a fine example of the American Georgian style. The house was built by the Wentworth family for their son Thomas as a wedding gift. The powerful Wentworth clan was the largest colonial power in New Hampshire and the family’s power is demonstrated in the heavy carving and exquisite detail of the formal parlor, parlor chamber and traditional hallway the entire length of the house.”
Charles Warren Brewster’s portrait hangs above a dresser in the Wentworth Gardner House that overlooks the back channel in Portsmouth’s South End. I love all of the rich details in the various elements in this shot – the colors and the texture of the wooden bureau, the finely aged book cover and its shadow, the knitted piece, and the fine detail of the wallpaper.
On top of the dresser is the book that C.W. Brewster wrote entitled “Rambles About Portsmouth”…I’ve just learned of the book today for the first time, but I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy and reading up…sounds like it’s rich with “historic sketches”.
Stay tuned for a more detailed post on the Wentworth Gardner House later this week and more shots from my visit.
From the bridge to Peirce Island, there is a great view to the old South End of Portmsouth. The Wentworth-Gardner House is tucked in the middle of the picture while the building to the right is Buying Lobsters Selling Bait. Feels like a step backward in time with the homes largely in tact from decades ago – as opposed to the continued evolution of Portsmouth’s downtown.
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