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Steve Grasse’s Plans for the Tamworth Inn

Posted on | April 10, 2013 | 12 Comments

Tamworth Inn
The Tamworth community is invited to send comments on the architect’s drawings and plans for Quaker City Mercantile’s new and rehabbed buildings on the Tamworth Inn site. are posted on the wall at the Lyceum in the Village (also viewable in attached pdf) and Steven Grasse, Jamie Oakes et al encourage us all to come in, or open this PDF, take a look and provide feedback within the next week to: info@tamworthgarden.com
The following is a summary of the meeting at the Lyceum on August 14th, 2012:

At 10 am this morning, community members filled the Tamworth Lyceum in order to hear Steve Grasse’s presentation about his plans for the Tamworth Inn. Because the Inn is eligible for designation as a historic property on the National Register of Historic Places, the property must be reviewed and documented photographically before a “Memorandum of Agreement” can be signed with the State of NH, and permits can be obtained. Plans can be set into motion only after all permitting is completed. All parties concerned anticipate that the signing of this agreement will take place by the end of September, and groundbreaking is likely to begin in spring of 2013.
The existing building contains three segments. The exterior of the westernmost section will be preserved and restored to appear much as it does now (the interior will be gutted), and in exactly the same location. It will be raised up and a new reinforced concrete foundation will be built underneath it, with granite facings added to preserve its historical appearance. Mr. Grasse hasn’t decided what this building will house, but he mentioned the possibility of a small pub & restaurant featuring locally produced foods.
The other two sections to the east will be torn down completely. A new building in a similar architectural style will be constructed to the east of the preserved building, with a twenty foot space (required fire separation) in between the two. This new building will house a distillery and tasting room, a small ‘parfumerie’ for production of perfumes, botanicals and essential oils, and a shop space. Pollution control and water use for these businesses will be carefully addressed. The existing septic system is inadequate and definitely will be replaced.
The “garden barn” behind and to the west of the Inn will be restored as it was when first built and will be moved slightly east to move it further from the property line on the west. It will be made available for community events such as the Tamworth Outing Club contra dances.
Mr. Grasse, who is the owner of the Tamworth Lyceum, intends to make it possible for community members to express their concerns and opinions online as the renovation process for the Tamworth Inn unfolds.

Comments

12 Responses to “Steve Grasse’s Plans for the Tamworth Inn”

  1. Ruth G Timchak
    August 14th, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

    Thanks, Jay.

    Sounds like a great plan. Hope the pub part works out.

    Ruth

  2. Franz Haase
    August 15th, 2012 @ 7:42 am

    We are involved in Green Building and would like to talk to you if possible. Please visit rgbsonline.com If you do not desire the space between the buildings you might want to consider sprinklering the buildings.

    Good Luck,
    Franz

  3. Gail Marrone
    August 15th, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    I’m sorry to have missed your presentation.
    I love your present plans for the Inn. As a community member and past employee of the Inn, I was saddened to hear of it’s future demise, however, I supported your endeavor because nothing lasts forever (without an enormous price)! I wish you lots of luck!
    Gail Marrone

  4. Peggy longley
    August 15th, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

    Sounds marvelous!
    How lucky we re to have Mr Grass in our community.

  5. Nina Perry
    August 16th, 2012 @ 8:36 am

    This is the best news I’ve read in a very long time! Thank you, Steve Grasse, for this gift to the town of Tamworth. We’ve been here for almost 25 years and have always felt that this little town is a very special place — now everyone who comes here will see why. Having an in-town pub/eatery will be a very welcome addition, too! This is so exciting!!

  6. Kate Thompson
    August 22nd, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    I think at the meeting they said that actually the initial paperwork will probably take until November or so, not September. (Federal red tape.) And Steve was clear that the restaurant/pub in the saved part of the Inn is not yet definite and is a longer-term project. He needs to start making $ from the distillery/perfumery first, he said. But I think he took in the big blast of applause and cheering that went up when he mentioned the restaurant/pub!
    They do hope to use all of next spring-summer fall to get started on the first phase. And they plan to have a botanic garden out in back, growing things that could go into these concoctions, which will be open to the public. And they plan to save all the existing plants and shrubs around the building. Also to work with local farmers on growing grains and usefully recycling waste products.
    Steve also said that he is not interested in attracting tourists, will sell these products elsewhere. This location will be more of a lab, and if any item gets popular enough to warrant production on a larger scale, that will take place somewhere else.
    He said the distillery might employ 5-6 people at first, and that Jamie is learning the trade and will head up the distilling operation. (Go Jamie!)
    I feel sad about loosing the big beautiful whole old Inn building, and am hoping for a bit more input before the MOU is signed, but I think there is a huge amount to be grateful and excited about here. Tamworth is already on the map for resurgent agriculture and increasingly sustainable food production; wouldn’t it be wonderful if this sector could grow to actually make an economic difference for the whole town?

  7. Dickie Tilton
    April 9th, 2013 @ 6:53 pm

    Although I only lived in Tamworth for a couple of years, many of my ancestors built and farmed throughout the area. I, too, am grateful for Steve Grasse’s thoughtful plans for such a vital piece of The Village. Without such care, preservation and planning, Tamworth Village would be gone.”You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone…”

  8. Bruce Droste
    July 8th, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

    Is there any further progress on the plans for the Inn? I drove by last week and it does not look like anything is happening.

  9. Jay
    July 10th, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    I believe that work starts on it this month (July 2013) or next.

  10. Jay
    July 29th, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

    Tamworth Lyceum posts on TamEx:

    Dear Tamworth neighbors,

    We are pleased to announce that phase one construction has begun on the old Tamworth Inn. We are excited to be on the way to transforming and renovating the long vacant Inn, into the future Tamworth Distillery. In terms of our construction, here is what you can expect and approximately when to expect each phase to begin:

    Phase I work, August 5th : Inn demolition and improvements. This will include demolition of the eastern portion of the Inn building. The western end of the building, closest to the Town House, will be preserved and the exterior restored. We will be repainting the saved portion and replacing any siding or roofing, making it presentable again and giving it a new foundation.

    Phase II work, September 3rd: Actual construction of the distillery should begin

    We hope you are as excited, as we are, at the beautification and attention that this project will bring to the great town of Tamworth and the area. Full plans are on view at the Tamworth Lyceum and any questions can be directed to: info@tamworthgarden.com

  11. Ginger Blymyer
    September 25th, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    My friend sent me the link for this. It sounds so wonderful to have someone invest in the village and keep it looking as it does or perhaps a little better. In 1978 I first stayed at the Tamworth inn while looking for an inn for ourselves. We bought the Snowvillage Inn and ran it for 8 1/2 years. I lived in Snowville for thirty years. After growing up in California, I always have appreciated taking care of the heritage of these places and it is so expensive to do that. Thanks to Mr. Grass for being able to do this and want to do this. Ginger

  12. Jay
    September 25th, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

    Thank you for your comment, Ginger.
    I think that most people in Tamworth are very pleased that we will have the prettiest part of the Tamworth Inn renovated and preserved and the rest will be rebuilt and given new life as a distillery and parfumerie. Thanks to Mr. Grasse, we’re lucky to have this outcome.

    Jay

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