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Architecture Advocates: Lafayette Newell

by J Dennis Robinson

Portsmouth is unique. New Hampshire’s only seaport, soon to celebrate its 400th anniversary, blends charm and culture with vitality and commerce. In this series historian J.Dennis Robinson profiles people who influenced, honored, pictured, preserved, and promoted the historic architecture of “The Old Town by the Sea.”  

In an age when cameras are ubiquitous, it’s hard to believe. But besides a few sketches in word or pen, we barely know what old Portsmouth looked like. There are a few fuzzy images of buildings, but until the Civil War, most local photos are portraits of people, posing stiffly. While Lafayette V. Newell (1833 – 1914) took his share of studio shots, he also carried his heavy wooden camera, tripod, and fragile glass plates into the field.

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Spring is in the air, at last! Warmer weather and longer days is enough to make anyone anxious to get out of the house, and there are plenty of great reasons to do that in the coming weeks. Here are a few local events that we’re looking forward to….

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Downsizing your home can be a smart move for a number of reasons. For empty nesters, there’s simply no need to expend the energy and money on the upkeep of a large house. For those who reside in an area where the cost of living is high, it might simply makes sense from a financial standpoint. In either case, downsizing is also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and live a more sustainable lifestyle.

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These last weeks before spring begins to bloom can feel like the longest of the entire year. Time seems to move more slowly, but not in the way that allows for the cherishing of moments. Instead, time seems to inch endlessly through antsy children, soggy socks, and waking up early to start the cars before work. Don’t let the everyday monotonies of the winter dregs lose you any time with those you love: cozy up with the kind of luxurious indoor entertainment that will keep you from ever needing to leave the house.

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TMS is currently seeking a full-time Interior Design Coordinator to join their Interior Design Studio team. This person will work directly with the company’s Lead Interior Designer, assisting them with their daily duties. They will coordinate with furniture and fabric companies to set up new accounts, order samples, place and track orders. The applicant should have a working knowledge of drafting construction documents, selecting and specifying materials, and have 1-5 years of experience in architecture or interior design.

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Architecture Advocates: Charles Brewster 
By J. Dennis Robinson

Even his best friends said he was dull. His two-volume Rambles about Portsmouth  remain the most important books about New Hampshire’s only seaport. Yet historian Charles Brewster (1802-1869) was, himself, a shy methodical man, who led a remarkably uneventful life.

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With the warmth of Valentine’s Day just past and the days themselves soon to grow longer, it seems like spring should be only a step away, making this sudden arrival of true winter weather even more brisk. While it might seem best to burrow under the quilt covers and wait until the end of April to venture out into that New England pall, don’t let the chilly weather keep you away from all our wonderful town has to offer.

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Designing the GREATHORSE lifestyle club in Hampden, MA is one of our proudest accomplishments in the past year. What was once a dated country club in need of renovation is now a modern and luxurious lifestyle club with a rustic, family oriented feel. We combined Western arts & crafts with New England farmhouse style to give the clubhouse a laid-back atmosphere, and incorporated several equestrian details as a nod to the owners’ love of horses. Now, here’s your chance to take a look inside…

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Lighthouse Cove Cottage

There is little as thrilling, rewarding, and overwhelming as building an entire home of your own. To create the spaces of your dreams, and fulfilling the scope of your future. To build the ideal place into which you and yours can grow, and making it entirely your own. But while the final image of your complete fantasy might rest easy and fully illustrated in your mind, the actual steps taken between the first turn of soil in a shovel to the finishing beauty of your new house can be daunting. With just a few tips and considerations, the process of building your dream home can be kept from becoming a nightmare.

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On January 22, 2016, The American Institute of Architects New Hampshire Chapter (AIANH) announced the recipients of its 2016 Annual Excellence in Architecture Design Awards.

This is the highest recognition of architecture that exemplifies excellence in overall design, including aesthetics, clarity, creativity, appropriate functionality, sustainability, building performance, and appropriateness with regard to fulfilling the client’s program. We’re pleased to share that two designs by TMS Architects were selected as winners in this year’s award ceremony.

The 2016 jury was comprised of John Franzen FAIA, J.P. Franzen Associates Architects, Southport, CT; Kevin Herrick AIA, the S/L/A/M Collaborative, Glastonbury, CT; and Laura Pirie AIA, Pirie Associates, New Haven, CT.

Read on to learn more about these award-winning projects…

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