232 Court Street was a restoration and renovation of a single family home once owned by the Strawberry Banke Museum, until it’s private sale in 2019. The building was converted into two private residences and is considered a contributing resource to Portsmouth’s downtown historic district. The aim of the project was to restore the original structure in order to highlight the history of the home, known as the “Joseph Sherburne Ayers House” or the “Pumpkin House”. Emphasis was continually placed on preserving much of the existing architecture; the large windows along the street facing facades were carefully restored and fireplaces preserved as the central hearth that is so important in traditional homes. Updated kitchens and bathrooms allow for the conveniences of modern living but the original character of the space let’s the property stand out as part of Portsmouth’s strong historic fabric.