News : Downtown Chic

Jun 18, 2013

 From NH Home Magazine

By Debbie Kane

Longtime residents Geoffrey and Martha Fuller Clark have called Portsmouth home since the 1970s, when they purchased the Langley Boardman House, an 1805 Federal-style home just steps from the city center. During the thirty-plus years they’ve lived in their home, it has been painstakingly restored and retrofitted to accommodate their family (they have three adult children) and numerous guests. So when the carriage house that abuts their property came up for sale sixteen years ago, the Clarks were eager to purchase it.

The carriage house—part of a complex of Beaux Arts and Italianate-style buildings designed by architect Gridley James Fox Bryant between 1864 and 1865 for Captain William Parrot—contains two apartments. At various times, one of the Clark children or other college students have lived in the building, but several years ago, the Clarks decided to turn it into an upscale rental property. They wanted to update the building’s interior, while keeping its historic exterior.

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