Building Portsmouth Again
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Written by Richard Candee

Building Portsmouth by Richard Candee/ SeacoastNH.comSEACOAST BOOKS

Portsmouth has always been about its buildings. Thanks to a few twists of Fate the Old Town by the Sea managed not to grow too big and to preserve many of its early homes. We have possibly more public house museums per capita than any city in the nation. This handy guide by BU emeritus professor Candee covers it all. An ideal reference for builders, buyers, restorers, owners, tourists and historians.

 

 

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Re: Building Portsmouth
The Neighborhoods & Architecture of New Hampshire's Oldest City

By Richard M Candee

It’s back! After a dozen years, the newly revised and enlarged edition brings a Portsmouth classic back in print. Building Portsmouth has become the operation manual for a city determined to hang on to its architectural heritage. So far, so good. Portsmouth has retained the authentic look and feeling of its 18th and 19th century periods, in the midest of a high tech and tourism revolution.

No single book will tell you more about how Portsmouth got to look the way it looks. Building Portsmouth surveys every major neighborhood and every major building with copious illustrations, photos and floorplans. The new edition ads dozens more visuals. Thanks to the computer skills of Back Channel Press, this bible of buildings looks better than the original. If you own 10 books about Portsmouth this must be one of them. If you only have five, "Building Portsmouth" should be there. If you haven’t fallen in love with Portsmouth yet, start here. -- JDR

From the Publisher:

Elaborate colonial and federal mansions, smaller dwellings of mariners and artisans, handsome Victorian suburbs, and housing for industrial workers are all documented here, illustrated with both modern and historic photographs, maps and drawings. Like the first edition, it will become a key to all those buying or restoring a building anywhere in the city.

Available at Riverrun, Barnes & Noble, Strawbery Banke Visitor Center, Portsmouth Athenaeum and many historic Portsmouth houses

Building Portsmouth
By Richard M. Candee & others
Back Channel Press (2006)
Oversized paperback, 246 pp
$19.95
Contact the Publisher

BOOK BONUS: TABLE OF CONTENTS TO "BUILDING PORTSMOUTH"

INTRODUCTION
- Portsmouth and its Historical Development
- The Language of Portsmouth Architecture
- Domestic Plan Types
- Style and Ornament

THE NORTH END AND THE HILL

CHRISTIAN SHORE
- Maplewood Avenue

PORTSMOUTH HARBOR AND WATERFRONT
- Market and Bow Streets
- Prescott Park and Upper Marcy Street
- State Street

STRAWBERY BANKE MUSEUM

THE SOUTH END
- Lower Pleasant Street
- Upper Pleasant Street
- South Street & New Castle Avenue

DOWNTOWN PORTSMOUTH
- Portsmouth’s Religious Buildings
- Market Square
- Commercial Portsmouth
- Congress Street

THE WEST END
- Academy Corner
- Court Street
- Haymarket Square and Middle Street
- Richards Avenue
- Middle, Austin and Summer Street Triangle
- Middle Street after 1813
- Austinborough
- State Street
- Summer Street
- Winter Street

INDUSTRIAL PORTSMOUTH
- Islington Street
- North of Islington Street
- Industrial Development

THE CREEK AND MAPLEWOOD ACRES

BUILDING VICTORIAN PORTSMOUTH
- The Victorian District
- B.F. Webster’s Neighborhood
- Anderson & Junkins and Other Contractors

LITTLE HARBOR

20TH CENTURY SUBURBAN HOMES
- Turn of the Century Shingled Houses
- William A. Ashe
- Atlantic Heights
- Pannaway Manor
- Prefabrication in Portsmouth
- Post-War Commercial Strip

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX
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