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A view of the space from the front entrance. Blown glass light fixtures in various shapes and sizes are repeated throughout the space, lit from above and use Bottomline's branding color scheme. Source: Rob Karosis Photography

TMS Architects, under a design team headed by project architect, Jason Bailey AIA, and interior desiger, Laura Malloy of Malloy Interiors, just completed another extensive renovation for Bottomline Technologies’s Portsmouth headquarters  to accommodate their growing Marketing and Creative Design Team departments.  Bottomline Technologies is a world leader in cloud-based payment, invoice and banking solutions for corporations, financial institutions and banks around the world and TMS has worked with Bottomline for several years, revamping office space in Portsmouth as well as other Bottomline locations around the country.

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Our coach arrives!

Last Sunday, a large group of TMS employees and assorted spouses, friends and children embarked on a bus trip to western Massachusetts to view the TMS-designed Hampden Country Club. We are all very proud of this project that has taken shape over the past two years on bucolic hills overlooking the distant Berkshire Mountains. The TMS project team consisted of Shannon Alther, AIA, Principal, Jason Bailey, AIA, Project Architect and Cristina Marais, Interior Designer. All three did an amazing job and it was wonderful to be able to tour it as a group!

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A beautiful stone pergola greets visitors to the gardens. Photograph Courtesy Bedrock Gardens

Several years ago, a few members of “team TMS” were lucky enough to tour an amazing place known as Bedrock Gardens, located in Lee, New Hampshire, 20 miles inland from NH’s coast and halfway between Boston and Portland. We recently received a postcard announcing this year’s series of Open House events at the gardens which prompted this post about the gardens and to urge you to attend one of these marvelous self-directed tours. It is an experience not to be missed!

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Franklin Hall was the site of 1823 NH Bicentennial gala and the 1824 visit by Marquis de Lafayette.  Like Jefferson Hall and the Assembly Hall and The Old Statehouse - all in downtown Portsmouth - it is gone and largely forgotten. Source: Portsmouth Athenaeum

There has been a considerable amount of publicity lately about replicating The Old State House, which is presumed to have once stood in the center of Market Square.  This got our guest historian, J. Dennis Robinson, thinking about other Portsmouth buildings that have also been lost over time.

“Here we go again. Just when you thought Portsmouth’s Old State House was never to return, it’s back in the news. A well-intentioned group wants to build a replica of the 1760-era colonial state house on the site of the city’s federal building off Daniel Street. That dream has been kicking around Portsmouth for almost a century. Architect John Mead Howells tossed out the idea back in the 1930s. I sat on a city committee to study the issue and TMS Architects helped with an in-depth study of the surviving remnants of the building.

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There is nothing like waking up surrounded by the sound of the waves hitting the sandy beach during a spectacular sunrise.  The owners of this oceanfront residence will soon have the pleasure of enjoying breathtaking views from their second floor bedroom.  Source: TMS Architects

TMS Architects was asked recently to design a beach house for a family currently living  in “All for the Family“, their TMS-designed main home.  The owners had their eyes on this spectacular beachfront lot for many years and were able to purchase it when it became available.

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Morey Stettner, a business reporter for The Portsmouth Herald recently interviewed William Soupcoff, a founder and principal architect of TMS Architects.  It was a very informative piece as we all learned some things about Bill that we didn’t know before….such as his first “real” job:

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A glimpse of Cristina in the "infinity" effect created by two mirrors across from ne another. Source:  TMS Architects another.

Lafe Covill, Associate AIA , TMS Architects Project Manager and Cristina Marais, our Interior Designer, spent the morning at a renovation they have been working on for some time and we were thrilled to see the construction photographs they brought back with them!  Located in the mid part of New Hampshire, this project involves a complete renovation of the master suite, the main living spaces and bathrooms.  TMS has been collaborating once again with CMRugusa Builders on this renovation as we have on completed TMS projects, Seaside Renovation and Family Room Renovation.

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A rendering of the finished projects from the groundbreaking ceremony. Source: TMS Architects

According to a recent article in the Manchester Union Leader, the TMS-designed, Madbury Commons project is on schedule for an August completion date thanks to construction company ProCon’s  valiant efforts in battling one of the worst winters in the Northeast.  According to developer Ken Rubin, President of Golden Goose Capital in Durham, “It’s a  very important project for the town…the whole concept was to extend downtown and create quality public space.” 

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Taken from the rear of the home. Source: Karosis Photography

New England Home Magazine recently debuted a section called Perspectives  which shares interesting tidbits from various architects and designers such as “What I’m Looking At” and “Shopping Bag”.  One of articles in this section is called What Makes It Work” and we were delighted that the March-April issue  featured a home designed by TMS Architect, Shannon Alther, AIA. 

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A image of a "seamer" hard at work at his loom.  Source:  J. Dennis Robinson

TMS  always learns something interesting about Portsmouth when we publish a post from  J. Dennis Robinson, our guest historical contributor.  Last time we learned about the building that presently houses our offices when it was part of the Eldredge Brewing Company ; this time we learned more about its earlier history in the textile industry.

In our last history installment we learned that the site of the modern TMS Architects offices was once a brewery. Heman (not Herman) Eldredge and his sons ran the Eldredge Brewing Company on the same spot off Bartlett Street in the second half of the 19th century. Although their brew, including Portsmouth Ale, was hugely popular, the Eldredge brand was drowned out by the even greater success of the Frank Jones Brewery just across the tracks in the city’s West End.
But there’s more. The brewery was built on the site of an equally important, but now forgotten, textile factory. Yes, during the 1800s, Portsmouth was also known as a key city for the production of stockings. Who knew?

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