News : Law firm helps fund restoration of Strawbery Banke sites

Jan 10, 2012

Published at Fosters.com

By Jim Cavan

PORTSMOUTH — When Portsmouth law firm Coughlin, Rainboth, Murphy and Lown (CRM&L) decided to renovate their Middle Street office, they did so out of a steadfast commitment to preserving a little slice of the Port City's unique historical heritage.

So it came as no surprise when the law firm decided to donate $1000 to the Heritage House Program (HHP), an initiative launched to help renovate underutilized buildings in and around Strawbery Banke and provide affordable housing for area residents. HHP calls for at least 10 houses in and around the Strawbery Banke campus to be restored to their original period condition within the next few years.

The 10 newly-renovated buildings are expected to generate upwards of $300,000 annually once occupied.

CRM&L's donation went specifically towards the restoration and renovation of the Lowd House. Built in 1810 and named for original resident, cooper Peter Lowd, the building -- like the nine others slated for renovation -- will see its downstairs remain a museum exhibit, while the upstairs will be transformed into a residential rental unit.

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