This building is certainly not one of the oldest, in this town settled in 1623, but the redevelopment of 30 Maplewood has had an interesting evolution over the past few years. Here’s what it looked like not too long ago (September of 2011), as captured by Google:
If you recall from this piece by (my now colleague) Chuck McMahon, just last year it was set to be redeveloped into a Faneuil Hall-style marketplace for the city, but the finances just didn’t add up, and it ended up with a “typical” final design. Here’s what it looks like this week:
Although a downtown interior marketplace would have been great, I really like what they’ve done with it. At least from the outside, it looks much more modern, while still keeping the majority of the town’s beloved brick.
**This is an excerpt from the #PortsmouthLOVE Letter sent on Tuesday, December 8, 2014. You can subscribe to this weekly newsletter at: https://tinyletter.com/laughtercrystal