Portsmouth Gas Light Company

When the owner of several commercial downtown buildings needed to redevelop his properties, he looked no further than DeStefano Architects. Displaying a wide-ranging sensibility in motif and planning, DeStefano infused their work with a European flair, renewing the location's potential, energy and excitement.

At the core of the project was the expansion and reconstruction of the existing restaurant. Recognizing the need for efficient installation of mechanical requirements, DeStefano's first order of business was to build a three-story addition on the rear of the structures to create much needed space. From this, they fashioned a contemporary kitchen open to the patrons, featuring a massive wood fire grill as the center of attention. The original brick walls, mechanical ducts and wood beams were exposed, the concrete floor stained a warm earthly brown and a handsome marble bar and copper accents were mounted to impart a relaxing Old World-meets-New World atmosphere.

Turning their attention to the aged function hall on the top floor, DeStefano designed a dance club with a state-of-the-art sound system, well-appointed circular bar and raised seating. In conjunction with the restored restaurant downstairs, the club created a nightlife destination spot rather than just a stopover on an evening out.

By combining a striking design with strategic objectives, DeStefano transformed multiple restoration projects into a rehabilitated whole. Their vision became the synergy for a business reborn.

Portsmouth Gas Light Company

Key Consultants:

  • Contractor: Jewett Construction
  • Interior Design: Tobey Design Group

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