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Portsmouth hopes to reap more from Manor House

By   /  March 10, 2014  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — Increased corporate or yachting events, photo and movie shoots and even an old-fashioned clambake during a stopover for boat tours have been floated as possible ideas for drawing more dollars into the town-owned Glen Manor House. Despite the Manor House’s reputation as a proven moneymaker for Portsmouth, the town is looking for ways to […]

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Elmhurst School demolition underway in Portsmouth

By   /  January 31, 2014  /  News  /  No Comments

Workers from J.R. Vinagro Corporation tear down the north end of the former Elmhurst School Friday afternoon.

PORTSMOUTH — To borrow a phrase from John Mellencamp, “the walls come tumbling down.” On Friday, workers from J.R. Vinagro Corporation started tearing down the former Elmhurst School, which has been closed since 2010. The Town Council Nov. 25 voted unanimously to demolish everything north of the music room at the former school. That includes the […]

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Letter: Portsmouth may regret destroying chapel

By   /  January 10, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

The former Elmhurst School chapel, after its stained-glass windows had been removed.

Editor’s note: The following letter, dated Dec. 20, was addressed to the Portsmouth Town Council. To the editor: I disagree with the recent decision by the Town Council to destroy the Elmhurst chapel for both economic ground and historical preservation reasons, but will restrict my comments to economic ones. I leave it to others to […]

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Portsmouth resident considers legal action over chapel

By   /  December 10, 2013  /  Government & Politics  /  1 Comment

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PORTSMOUTH — A local real estate agent who wants to turn the former Elmhurst School chapel into a music and film studio is considering legal action against the Town Council, which Monday night re-affirmed its intention to tear the building down. The council voted unanimously to approve a $115,210 change order in the demolition work […]

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Portsmouth council votes to demolish Elmhurst chapel

By   /  November 25, 2013  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — Provided the contractor agrees to get the job done before next spring, those chapel walls will be tumbling down. The Town Council Monday night voted unanimously to demolish everything north of the music room at the former Elmhurst School, closed since 2010. This includes the chapel, which some in town had hoped to preserve […]

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Portsmouth’s Glen Manor House cancels holiday events

By   /  November 18, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — The wrecking ball isn’t coming down on just the former Elmhurst School, as it’s also eliminating this year’s Holly Ball and Holiday Open House at the Glen Manor House. The Friends of the Glen Manor House announced Monday that the popular annual holiday festivies at the town-owned Glen Manor House will be cancelled for […]

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Portsmouth considers fate of former Elmhurst School

By   /  October 30, 2013  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

Town Council members and others have questioned the School Department's proposal to turn the cloisters on the east side of the former Elmhurst School chapel into office space for school administration.

PORTSMOUTH — Although the School Department is proposing to turn part of the former Elmhurst School building into office space for school administration, several Town Council members Tuesday night said they’d rather tear most of it down. Doing so would restore the property to its original spendor and greatly enhance the operations of the Glen […]

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Portsmouth mayors fêted at Glen Manor House

By   /  August 30, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

Lynne Stagg, the lord mayor of Portsmouth, England, greets Town Historian Jim Garman and his wife, Dotti, outside Glen Manor House at the start of the Thursday evening's reception.

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth 375th Gala Weekend kicked off Thursday evening when mayors from three different cities got the red carpet treatment at Glen Manor House. The reception welcomed Councillor Lynne Stagg, lord mayor of Portsmouth, England, accompanied by her lady friend Anne Taulbut, the lady mayoress; Kenneth I. Wright, mayor of Portsmouth, Va., and […]

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Portsmouth leaves door open on Elmhurst chapel

By   /  May 29, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

“As soon as I walked into the chapel, I realized its potential," said Andrew Kelly, who's leading the charge to have the building preserved as a performing arts center.

PORTSMOUTH — The fate of the former Elmhurst School chapel will have to wait for now. After hearing lively testimony from residents — some who want the chapel to be knocked down, others who hope to see it preserved for use as a performing arts center — the Town Council Tuesday night agreed to finalize a contract with […]

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Park proposals for Portsmouth’s Elmhurst site unveiled

By   /  March 27, 2013  /  News  /  1 Comment

Illustration shows one of four proposals for the Elmhurst site presented by the engineering firm Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. Two of the options call for keeping the school chapel.

PORTSMOUTH —  Local residents have gotten their first public glimpse of a plan to transform the Elmhurst property into a public waterfront park. On Monday night the engineering firm of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) showed the Town Council four different drawings depicting a mix of open space, walking trails, terraces, gardens, a pavilion, play […]

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