Watching the builders and carpenters hard at work reminds me of how we came up with names for each of the 4 different floor plans. They were each inspired by a time in history when bricks were an integral part of Portsmouth's economy and construction.
The 4 units located in the rear of the property are called The Mason. Using the name mason was obvious in that the building will have a brick exterior and mason is defined as someone who works in stone. Did you know that mason is also the last name of the ship captain for whose ship Portsmouth is named after? John Mason had been captain of the port of Portsmouth, England.
Two of the front facing units are referred to as The Gideon. Portsmouth's brick downtown fueled a need for brick manufacturers. Gideon Walker out Portsmouth sold 6900 hard burned bricks in 1804 for the construction of the New Hampshire Fire and Marine Insurance Company Building.
The Boardman is another front facing unit. The Boardman is named after Langley Boardman who was a Portsmouth carpenter and home builder and was part of the firm of Boardman & Miller. They constructed two houses on Congress St which were the Portsmouth Hotel and Stage House where passengers could both lodge and board their stagecoaches. The buildings later became known as the Franklin Block (55 Congress St, Portsmouth.)
There is only one Steeplejack floor plan and that is the top front unit located on the south side of the building. By definition a steeplejack is a craftsperson who scales buildings, chimneys, and church steeples to carry out repairs or maintenance. Using steeplejack as a floorplan name was a bit of a stretch but hey it’s a cool name and steeplejacks should be recognized for their dangerous work scaling buildings.