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Apr
12
2019

AIANH honors architectural excellence

AIANH honors architectural excellence. Nine firms, five individuals are recognized by chapter.

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Apr
01
2019

Franklin Savings Bank opens 8th office in Goffstown

Franklin Savings Bank held an official ribbon cutting ceremony on March 21 at the grand opening of its eighth, full-service office located in the Pinardville area of Goffstown.

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Jan
29
2019

DeStefano Architects awarded Best Of Houzz 2019

DeStefano Architects (D|A) of Portsmouth has won “Best of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading online platform for home renovation and design.

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Oct
31
2018

Portsmouth celebrates opening of parking garage

City officials and staff on Wednesday morning celebrated the grand opening of the new five-story, 600-space Foundry Place Garage in the North End.

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Apr
18
2018

Middle Street Baptist Church celebrates renovations

Seacoast residents will soon have another option for lunch.

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Mar
14
2018

New Hampshire Business Review Announces 2018 BOB Award Winners

New Hampshire Business Review is delighted to share the results of our tenth annual BOB Awards, which honor the Best of Business in New Hampshire for 2018

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Oct
31
2017

Traditional with a Twist

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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Sep
07
2017

Provident Bank building approved by Portsmouth HDC

Provident Bank building approved by Portsmouth HDC

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Sep
04
2017

Portsmouth set to break ground on new parking garage

Portsmouth set to break ground on new parking garage

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Mar
03
2017

Destefano Architects Named “Best Architect” In 2017 Best Of Business Awards by NH Business Review

Destefano Architects Named “Best Architect” In 2017 Best Of Business Awards by NH Business Review

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Feb
01
2017

Ready for a New Century

A classic Shingle-Style house becomes an architect’s home for the long term.

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Feb
01
2017

DeStefano Architects win ‘Home of the Year’ honor

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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Sep
23
2016

DeStefano Architects honored by NH Homebuilder’s Association

DeStefano Architects honored by NH Homebuilder’s Association

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Jul
01
2016

A House at Home on the Lake

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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Mar
04
2016

New Hampshire Business Review Names DeStefano Architects "Best of Business 2016"

DeStefano Architects (D|A) has been selected as a winner in New Hampshire Business Review’s 2016 BOB Awards, which honor the best of business in New Hampshire in over 90 categories.

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Feb
05
2016

DeStefano Architects wins design award

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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Nov
01
2015

DeStefano receives NHBR Business Excellence Award

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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Oct
02
2015

DeStefano Architects completes project for NHDOE

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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May
24
2015

DeStefano Architects celebrates 20 years

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

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Oct
12
2014

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

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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Oct
11
2014

DeStefano Architects receives Cornerstone Awards

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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Sep
01
2014

Making downsizing from a house to a condo easy

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

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Nov
12
2013

Like Home - Portsmouth, NH

Like Home - Portsmouth, NH

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Nov
01
2013

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

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

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Oct
21
2013

DeStefano Architects Completes 100th Project in Downtown Portsmouth

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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Oct
11
2013

Developers look to update, restore Main Street

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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Aug
09
2013

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

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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Jul
10
2013

Timetable points to a 2013 finish

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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Jun
29
2013

DeStefano Architects wins award

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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Jun
16
2013

Building business by building relationships

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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May
14
2013

Portsmouth Architect Lisa DeStefano Elected a Director of The Provident Bank

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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Mar
13
2013

For a sense of place this gardener designs with rocks

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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Dec
14
2012

PMAC announces move to Islington Street site

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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Jan
30
2012

Design competition tackles bicycle station

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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Apr
18
2011

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

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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Feb
20
2011

Portwalk residential construction begins

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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Jan
09
2011

Portsmouth's glass is clearly half full

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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Nov
01
2010

How to Reduce Heating Costs

Winter is just around the corner and just about everyone is concerned with sharply increasing heating costs. With this in mind, D|A wanted to provide you with information on the Home Energy Rating Systems or (HERS).

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Jul
18
2010

Local companies partner on boys camp project

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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Jul
08
2010

DeStefano, Appledore picked for YMCA camp project

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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Jul
01
2010

Green Will Boost Your Bottom Line

Building Green can boost your bottom line, give you an edge on the competition, increase your profits, cut operating and maintenance costs and enhance your public image --- all for little or no extra cost.

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Apr
29
2010

Forbes.com ranks Portsmouth as a 'pretty city'

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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Apr
12
2010

DeStefano earns business certification

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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Apr
02
2010

Sneak peek Saturday of New Deck at Poco's

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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Feb
10
2010

Great Bay Kid's opens at Pease

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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Jan
29
2010

Great Bay Kids' Company opens at Pease Tradeport

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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Jan
22
2010

Pro Con and Cathartes install energy efficient windows

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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Jan
17
2010

Middle School project poised to move forward

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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Dec
11
2009

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

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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Nov
01
2009

Ground breaking for day care

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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Aug
21
2009

Pease board awards bid for construction of new golf clubhouse

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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Aug
12
2009

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

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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Aug
09
2009

DeStefano Architects wins Accent award

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

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May
04
2009

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

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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May
03
2009

Architect promotes sustainability

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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Feb
01
2009

The Greening of Ceres Street

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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Oct
01
2008

Smart Growth- Creating Housing Options

Providing quality housing for people of all income levels is an integral component of any smart growth strategy.

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Jul
02
2008

Board votes to expand middle school onto Peirce land

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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Jun
13
2008

Business leaders talk health care, enegry costs in Portsmouth

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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Apr
18
2008

Portwalk Mixed-Use Development Repairs a Patch of Portsmouth

Pedestrian-friendly development seeks LEED Silver

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Apr
06
2008

Images Reveal City's Richness

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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Mar
06
2008

Architect Lisa DeStefano loves Portsmouth

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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Aug
19
2007

Portsmouth mall to be razed, and its neighborhood renewed

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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Jun
21
2007

Historic District Commission approves redesign of Portsmouth mall

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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Mar
25
2007

Experience reinforces volunteer's appreciation, inspires future action.

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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Feb
22
2007

Downtown Makeover

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

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Feb
22
2007

Parade Mall proposal unveiled to Portsmouth panel

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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Feb
04
2007

Her Lasting Impressions

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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Jan
26
2007

Northern Tier Has Real Chance to Get it Right

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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Jan
25
2007

Plans: Hotel, more to replace infamous eyesore

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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Nov
01
2006

Increased Awareness Equals Better Enviornment & Cost Savings

Construction and demolition waste constitutes approximately 40% of the total solid waste stream in the United States.

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Oct
18
2006

The Geography of Us

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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Jun
01
2006

Maximizing Compact Building Design

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

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May
08
2006

Perserving a city icon

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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May
06
2006

Give a little, gain so much

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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May
01
2006

New Materials Provide New Solutions

Until recently code compliancy, materials, longevity and building restoration were not always compatible.

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Apr
20
2006

Kids Learn Building Basics

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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Apr
06
2006

DeStefano helps steeple restoration effort

DeStefano Architects will assist with the fund-raising efforts to repair and restore the Market Square steeple downtown....

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Mar
01
2006

Take a Walk

Portsmouth's Northern Tier :: Think "Walkable Urbanity"

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Feb
07
2006

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

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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Nov
03
2005

Idea to reserve apartments for teachers gets mixed reviews

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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Oct
13
2005

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

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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Oct
13
2005

Architect chosen to study transforming old Portsmouth school into workforce housing

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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Sep
09
2005

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

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

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Sep
04
2005

Luxury housing is altering the faces of the two Portsmouth's in an old New Hampshire port, city-style living takes off

On balmy summer evenings, locals and tourists pack the bars along the Piscataqua River for drinks, food, and sunset views....

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Aug
16
2005

Competing views offered for Portsmouth's architecture

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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May
01
2005

Construction of downtown hotel signals new era in city

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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Apr
18
2005

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

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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Apr
17
2005

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

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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Nov
26
2004

Architect Lisa DeStefano brings 'people spaces' to her hometown

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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Nov
01
2004

Green Design is Good Business

Urban sprawl eats up more than 1,200 acres of open space, farmland and wetlands each week in New England (including nearly two acres an hour in Massachusetts alone), has Americans spending more time in their cars than ever before....

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Oct
22
2004

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

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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Oct
01
2004

Obtaining Approval To Build Commercial and Multi-Family Structures

Headache-generating permit issues that often plague commercial and multi-family buildings can be avoided by hiring a design professional who has a crystal clear understanding of the rules and procedures.

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Sep
01
2004

Designing with Community in Mind

Size and scale of new structures as well as the materials used to create them matter greatly in Portsmouth, where historical architecture is cherished.

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Aug
01
2004

Possibilities Unlimited

Lack of space is often a challenge whether you want a pool in addition to a house built within a small lot or simply more bookshelves to store your growing collection.

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May
01
2004

The Economic Benefits of Urban Renewal

Many of us reside in town or city centers with a property ready for change, whether it be a run down building, closed factory or business that would perhaps fit better in the outskirts of town.

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Apr
18
2004

Deciding how to build a future

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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Sep
10
2002

Designing Portsmouth

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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Dec
08
2000

Carriage house to be restored, relocated

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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Jun
18
2000

A designing woman

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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