The Kearsarge

The Kearsarge building in downtown Portsmouth is a quintessential New England historic jewel.  Built in the 1870s, the building originally served as a hotel and is located on the southwest corner of Congress and Chestnut Streets.   The Kearsarge building now serves multiple commercial tenants.

D|A is the “Architect On Call” for the building owner. The firm has lent design expertise to the meticulous exterior restoration and interior renewal of common shared spaces as well as numerous tenant fit-up spaces to improve the business offerings of suite occupants.  D|A worked extensively with the Portsmouth Historic District Commission on historically sensitive changes to the building, such as exterior signage updates, millwork revival to the lobby’s grand mahogany staircase and more.  Code compliance modifications and structural reinforcement efforts were sensitively handled to uphold the building’s dignity.

D|A has also put thoughtful planning towards the future of available suites within the Kearsarge.  The vacant spaces have been renovated, boasting dramatic exposed brick walls and restored period windows. The firm has provided the building owner with “go-to” finish options for perspective tenants.  Now the process of establishing a commercial space within the building is seamless and produces a finished result that is equal parts time-honored and modernly polished.


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