D|A In The News

Here are just a few of the publications that have recently highlighted DeStefano Architects and our work.


Traditional with a Twist

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 The family-friendly renovation by architect Lisa DeStefano of DeStefano Architects in Portsmouth won two NEW HAMPSHIRE HOME Design Awards in 2017—one for Excellence in Remodeling/Renovation and the other for Home of the Year.

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Provident Bank building approved by Portsmouth HDC

Thursday, September 07, 2017 Provident Bank building approved by Portsmouth HDC

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Ready for a New Century

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 A classic Shingle-Style house becomes an architect’s home for the long term.

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DeStefano Architects win ‘Home of the Year’ honor

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 A South End Portsmouth home designed by DeStefano Architects took home the 2017 Home of the Year Award at the annual New Hampshire Home Design Awards

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DeStefano Architects honored by NH Homebuilder’s Association

Friday, September 23, 2016 DeStefano Architects honored by NH Homebuilder’s Association

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A House at Home on the Lake

Friday, July 01, 2016 The 2016 winner of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Institute of Architects People’s Choice Award, along with an honorable mention for New Hampshire Home 2016 Design Awards Home of the Year, is the result of inspired collaboration

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DeStefano Architects wins design award

Friday, February 05, 2016 DeStefano Architects received the 2016 People’s Choice Excellence in Architecture Design Award from the American Institute of Architects New Hampshire chapter.

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DeStefano receives NHBR Business Excellence Award

Sunday, November 01, 2015 Lisa DeStefano of DeStefano Architects (D|A) was honored at the 13th annual NH Business Review Business Excellence Awards with a leadership award for Excellence in Real Estate and Construction – Small Business.

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DeStefano Architects completes project for NHDOE

Friday, October 02, 2015 DeStefano Architects (D|A) announced the completion of a new 7,000-square-foot business suite at the Sundial Center in Manchester.

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DeStefano Architects celebrates 20 years

Sunday, May 24, 2015 Lisa DeStefano, born and raised in Portsmouth, is celebrating this year the 20th anniversary of her firm DeStefano Architects.

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Orion Student Housing and DeStefano Architects Start Construction on Durham, New Hampshire, Project

Sunday, October 12, 2014 Construction on an 86,000-square-foot private student housing project designed by DeStefano Architects is underway and scheduled to open in fall 2015.

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DeStefano Architects receives Cornerstone Awards

Saturday, October 11, 2014 DeStefano Architects received a Silver Award at the 2014 New Hampshire Home Builder's Association Cornerstone Awards ceremony for its redesign of Ristorante Massimo in Portsmouth.

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Making downsizing from a house to a condo easy

Monday, September 01, 2014 When it comes to comfort, homes are a lot like clothes—the ones that fit the best, feel the best.

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Like Home - Portsmouth, NH

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Like Home - Portsmouth, NH

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Building up Portsmouth- Lisa DeStefano's firm hits 100 mark

Friday, November 01, 2013 Building up Portsmouth- Lisa DeStefano's firm hits 100 mark

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DeStefano Architects Completes 100th Project in Downtown Portsmouth

Monday, October 21, 2013 DeStefano Architects has hit the century mark. This summer the Portsmouth-based architectural firm completed its 100th project downtown – with the redesign of a new upstairs bar at Ristorante Massimo, a popular Italian restaurant known for its quaint brick and stone ambiance.

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Developers look to update, restore Main Street

Friday, October 11, 2013 Orion Housing, LLC is working with Allen & Major Associates and DeStefano Architects to create independently standing commercial spaces and two large student-housing complexes in Durham, New Hampshire.

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Pro Con Inc begins steel framing for the final phase of Portwalk

Friday, August 09, 2013 The steel framing is underway for the final phase of Portwalk, a mixed-use development, which will include a 120-key Hampton Inn and Suites hotel and The Residences at Portwalk, a 113 unit luxury apartment building, all above a one-story, below- grade parking garage.

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Timetable points to a 2013 finish

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 Although it may look like nothing is happening at Portsmouth Middle School over the next year, much will be done behind the scenes before construction begins on the $37.5 million project....

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DeStefano Architects wins award

Saturday, June 29, 2013 DeStefano Architects was recently honored with the Visualizing Density "Urban Infill" award for its design of the residential condominiums at Haymarket Square on the corner of State and Middle streets in downtown Portsmouth.

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Building business by building relationships

Sunday, June 16, 2013 When Cressy decided to expand his Hopkinton business to the Seacoast, he knew he needed to make some strong connections with local contractors and businesses. One of his first contacts was with DeStefano Architects located in the downtown.

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Portsmouth Architect Lisa DeStefano Elected a Director of The Provident Bank

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 The Provident Bank Board of Directors has elected Lisa B. DeStefano, principal of DeStefano Architects in Portsmouth, N.H. as a new director at the bank’s annual meeting on May 8, 2013 at the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury, MA.

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For a sense of place this gardener designs with rocks

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 When Bob Scherer and Jeni Nunnally moved to coastal Maine from New Jersey in 1998, they wanted to live in the woods. “When we got there, we didn’t want to disturb anything living,” says Scherer....

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PMAC announces move to Islington Street site

Friday, December 14, 2012 The Portsmouth Music and Arts Center is moving forward with its plan to relocate, only now it plans to move to a new location.

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Design competition tackles bicycle station

Monday, January 30, 2012 The New Hampshire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced the winners of its Intern/Young Architect Design Competition at their 28th Annual Awards Banquet at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, January 20....

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Five New England-Based Design Professionals Recognized As Up and Coming Talent to Watch

Monday, April 18, 2011 New England Home is pleased to announce the 2011 winners of the 2nd Annual 5 Under 40 awards. The 5 Under 40 awards recognize the hottest emerging talent in residential design in New England....

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Portwalk residential construction begins

Sunday, February 20, 2011 While many projects remain stalled by the down economy, the mixed-use Portwalk development continues to surge forward, as Cathartes Private Investments has officially started building the Residences at Portwalk....

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Portsmouth's glass is clearly half full

Sunday, January 09, 2011 As we enter 2011 it is important to look back to where we have been and look to the future as to where we are going. The city of Portsmouth has been very fortunate in these difficult economic times....

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Local companies partner on boys camp project

Sunday, July 18, 2010 DeStefano Architects, Pine Brook Corporation and Appledore Engineering were selected by the YMCA Camp Belknap Property/Sustainability Committee to design and construct a new headquarters building in Tuftonboro....

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DeStefano, Appledore picked for YMCA camp project

Thursday, July 08, 2010 DeStefano Architects, along with Pine Brook Corporation and Appledore Engineering, announced they were selected by the YMCA Camp Belknap Property/Sustainability Committee to design and construct a new headquarters building....

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Forbes.com ranks Portsmouth as a 'pretty city'

Thursday, April 29, 2010 Seacoast residents can see Portsmouth is an attractive place to live, work and play, but now that Forbes.com has designated it one of America's 20 Prettiest Towns, the rest of the country can see it, too....

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DeStefano earns business certification

Monday, April 12, 2010 DeStefano Architects was recently certified as a Women's Business Enterprise. This designation certifies DeStefano Architects as a bona fide small business firm that can participate in special programs and contracts with specific integrity and diversity requirements....

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Sneak peek Saturday of New Deck at Poco's

Friday, April 02, 2010 If all goes well with clearances and final tasks, part of Poco's Bow Street Cantina's new deck will be open Saturday, April 3....

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Great Bay Kid's opens at Pease

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 Great Bay Kids' Company recently held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony to open their new facility on Pease International Tradeport at 81 New Hampshire Ave....

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Great Bay Kids' Company opens at Pease Tradeport

Friday, January 29, 2010 Great Bay Kids' Company opened its doors for the first time Wednesday at its new Pease Tradeport location as program administrator Cathy DeWees, excitedly cried, "We've got babies!"....

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Pro Con and Cathartes install energy efficient windows

Friday, January 22, 2010 Portsmouth, NH Two hundred and sixty three energy-efficient windows have been installed at the new Residence Inn by Marriott at Portwalk....

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Middle School project poised to move forward

Sunday, January 17, 2010 Although it may seem like a long time before today's second, third and fourth graders are walking into a newly renovated and expanded Portsmouth Middle School in September 2013, there is a sense of immediacy among project planners....

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Foundation poured at Cathartes Private Investments Residence Inn at Portwalk mixed-use development

Friday, December 11, 2009 The foundations have been poured for the Residence Inn at Portwalk; which is part of a mixed use development in the city's historic district....

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Ground breaking for day care

Sunday, November 01, 2009 Two International Group hosted a ceremonial ground breaking for the Great Bay Kids Company's new 25,000-square-foot day care center at Pease International Tradeport Oct. 20....

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Pease board awards bid for construction of new golf clubhouse

Friday, August 21, 2009 The Pease Development Authority board of directors awarded the bid for the construction of a new $2 million clubhouse at the Pease Golf Course on Thursday to a Kittery, Maine, company. The new clubhouse could be open by next spring....

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Pease board awards bid for construction of new golf clubhouse

Friday, August 21, 2009 The Pease Development Authority board of directors awarded the bid for the construction of a new $2 million clubhouse at the Pease Golf Course on Thursday to a Kittery, Maine, company....

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N.H. partners with U.S. university in Italy

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 Gov. John Lynch signed legislation on Monday, Aug. 10 giving degree granting authority by the state of New Hampshire for a new university in Italy....

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DeStefano Architects wins Accent award

Sunday, August 09, 2009 DeStefano Architects was among the honorees at the recent Best of Accent Awards, hosted by Accent Home & Garden magazine....

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On Maine's south coast, a home gets a bright new look that suits its modern family while staying true to the spirit of its Colonial-era origins

Monday, May 04, 2009 This house first took shape along Maine's pastoral southern coast back in 1767. For heavens sake, Benjamin Franklin was alive! ...

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Architect promotes sustainability

Sunday, May 03, 2009 Lisa DeStefano of DeStefano Architects took green ideas abroad and presented at a conference at Saint John International University in Torino, Italy....

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The Greening of Ceres Street

Sunday, February 01, 2009 Today, it seems that just about everyone is doing their best to reduce their carbon “footprint” and to be greener and more environmentally friendly, the new Portsmouth oasis, Two Ceres Street, was designed from the ground up to be green in every possible way....

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Board votes to expand middle school onto Peirce land

Wednesday, July 02, 2008 For the School Board, the right move turned out to be the left move. After a public work session and comments from about a dozen residents, the board voted by an 8-1 margin to expand the Portsmouth Middle School to the left of its current footprint....

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Business leaders talk health care, enegry costs in Portsmouth

Friday, June 13, 2008 Dozens of Seacoast businessmen and women gathered Thursday at Pease International Tradeport in an effort to discuss top business challenges they face and brainstorm ways to get state lawmakers more involved in policy....

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Portwalk Mixed-Use Development Repairs a Patch of Portsmouth

Friday, April 18, 2008 Pedestrian-friendly development seeks LEED Silver

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Images Reveal City's Richness

Sunday, April 06, 2008 FOCUS. That was the title of a Portsmouth Middle School photographic and photojournalism project I was invited to participate in as a guest judge about a year ago....

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Architect Lisa DeStefano loves Portsmouth

Thursday, March 06, 2008 Lisa DeStefano, a Portsmouth native, always knew she wanted to be an architect. She commuted to the Boston Architectural Center for her degree, but otherwise she has always been centered here....

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Portsmouth mall to be razed, and its neighborhood renewed

Sunday, August 19, 2007 Usually when a vintage building is about to be razed, somebody gets concerned. Quite the opposite is happening in Portsmouth, where one of its most notorious eyesores is about to get replaced....

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Historic District Commission approves redesign of Portsmouth mall

Thursday, June 21, 2007 A project that will change the face of the northern tier cleared a major hurdle Wednesday night as the Historic District Commission approved the design for the redevelopment of the Parade Mall site....

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Experience reinforces volunteer's appreciation, inspires future action.

Sunday, March 25, 2007 Last year my brother and his wife went to Louisiana to participate in a Hurricane Katrina volunteer relief effort. The experience impacted him enormously....

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Downtown Makeover

Thursday, February 22, 2007 Immediately after finalizing one major project, the Historic District Commission delved into another on Wednesday....

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Parade Mall proposal unveiled to Portsmouth panel

Thursday, February 22, 2007 A new city street could go through the heart of the Parade Mall office building when the site is redeveloped to make room for a new hotel, office and retail space....

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Her Lasting Impressions

Sunday, February 04, 2007 For local architect Lisa DeStefano, the redevelopment of the northern tier is not only a tremendous professional opportunity, but a personal one as well....

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Northern Tier Has Real Chance to Get it Right

Friday, January 26, 2007 Long an eyesore reminder of a 1970s urban renewal project gone bad, we applaud the decision by owners of the Parade Office Mall to raze and transform the downtown Portsmouth property....

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Plans: Hotel, more to replace infamous eyesore

Thursday, January 25, 2007 The owners of the Parade Office Mall long known as an unsightly reminder of the 1970s urban renewal project, plan to raze the property and replace it with a pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use development....

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The Geography of Us

Wednesday, October 18, 2006 There's no doubt that downtown Portsmouth is blessed by its sense of place. Visitors arriving from the broad lanes of I-95 are immediately slowed into the embrace of narrow, curving streets....

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Maximizing Compact Building Design

Thursday, June 01, 2006 This is the first in a 3-part series from DeStefano Architects on smart growth and beneficial urban design.

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Perserving a city icon

Monday, May 08, 2006 As a life-long resident and now an architect living, working and designing in Portsmouth I'd like to speak to the importance of the Market Square Steeple Fund project....

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Give a little, gain so much

Saturday, May 06, 2006 I'm a true believer in giving back to the community. In fact, I try to encourage my staff to get involved in whatever way they may be called to do so....

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Kids Learn Building Basics

Thursday, April 20, 2006 A rush of "oohs" and "aahs" blew through Linda Briolat's fourth-grade classroom at Little Harbour School as seemingly separate shapes turned into a beautiful brick building....

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DeStefano helps steeple restoration effort

Thursday, April 06, 2006 DeStefano Architects will assist with the fund-raising efforts to repair and restore the Market Square steeple downtown....

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DeStefano Architects recently completed the renovation of Centrix Bank's new home at 163 Deer Street in Portsmouth

Tuesday, February 07, 2006 Centrix Bank's new offices, formerly the "Genip Tree" café, was a non-descript building with the advantage of a drive-thru on a well-traveled side street....

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Idea to reserve apartments for teachers gets mixed reviews

Thursday, November 03, 2005 If Portsmouth Housing Authority succeeds in turning the Lafayette School into work-force apartments for city workers and private company employees, the question becomes which city departments benefit....

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Portsmouth group to review school-to-workforce-housing report

Thursday, October 13, 2005 The Portsmouth Housing Authority will review the report determining the feasibility of turning the Lafayette School into workforce housing next month....

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Architect chosen to study transforming old Portsmouth school into workforce housing

Thursday, October 13, 2005 DeStefano Architects has been selected to do a study of what it might take to transform the vision of workforce housing at the old Lafayette School into a reality....

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Construction crews Thursday started raising the curtain on one of downtown's most storied buildings

Friday, September 09, 2005 Workers began removing scaffolding from the Rockingham House on State Street, revealing from behind rows of protective fabric restored detailing....

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Competing views offered for Portsmouth's architecture

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 The Historic District Commission's first-ever architectural symposium last week was a contrast between those who wanted to keep Portsmouth's architectural character the same and others who wanted to experiment with new materials and designs....

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Construction of downtown hotel signals new era in city

Sunday, May 01, 2005 The transformation has begun. Construction workers have started laying the foundation on the residential section of the $30 million Hilton Garden Inn project at the corner of High and Hanover streets....

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Two Seacoast-area business leaders have been named New Hampshire award winners by the U.S. Small Business Administration

Monday, April 18, 2005 Lisa DeStefano, founder of DeStefano Architects of Portsmouth, which designed the Hilton Garden Inn project, was named the first-ever Woman Business Owner of the Year....

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WBC members, Lisa Destefano and Linda Lin honored by the SBA

Sunday, April 17, 2005 Lisa DeStefano, founder of DeStefano Architects in Portsmouth, was named New Hampshire SBA's 2005 Woman Business Owner of the Year....

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Architect Lisa DeStefano brings 'people spaces' to her hometown

Friday, November 26, 2004 Lisa DeStefano, owner and principal of DeStefano Architects, was born and bred in Portsmouth. So when she decided to give free rein to her entrepreneurial spirit and open up her own design firm....

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Lisa DeStefano expresses her passions and a vision for city's Northern Tier

Friday, October 22, 2004 It isn't often that an architect works on a major project in the very neighborhood she was born. But Lisa DeStefano has precisely that opportunity with the Hilton Garden Inn....

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Deciding how to build a future

Sunday, April 18, 2004 The expression on Portsmouth's face is pensive - poised for change. New development is progressing at a rapid rate; the eyes of the city dart cautiously toward an unknown future....

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Designing Portsmouth

Tuesday, September 10, 2002 Lisa DeStefano, president of DeStefano Architects on High Street, is in the unique position of both owning a downtown business and designing some of the buildings that are home to many other downtown businesses....

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Carriage house to be restored, relocated

Friday, December 08, 2000 A historic Portsmouth carriage house is about to get a second chance at life. The dilapidated building at 27 Austin St. will be moved to South Berwick, Maine....

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A designing woman

Sunday, June 18, 2000 Lisa DeStefano stands atop 100 Market Street overlooking her hometown. Downtown Portsmouth lies below in rows of brick and concrete that come together and spray apart in jagged lines forming a congested masterpiece of old New England seaport architecture....

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