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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

The New Mathewson: 1910

The New Mathewson: 1910

Narragansett Pier, Rhode Island, circa 1910. "Hotel (New) Mathewson." For many years the pre-eminent lodging in the "City of Hotels." View full size.

 

The towers still exist.

Spanning across the road:


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Coast Guard House

I believe that house on the right with the anchor is now the Coast Guard House Restaurant. Had dinner there last summer. My first time in Narragansett.

My HAT!

OOOH GEEZ my hat!

[Indeed. - tterrace]

This is one a fire didn't get

Perhaps the grandest hotel in the area when it was completed in 1896, the 500-room (New) Mathewson survived only 22 years. It was demolished in 1918, a victim of severely depressive effects of WWI on the tourism industry.

Shingle Style

Without Googling it, I'd imagine it burned down, like so many hotels of the era. But if it didn't, I pity the guy who had to do the stripping ten years after some fool decided to paint it.

remnants

off to the right, the remains of the great McKim, Mead and White Narraganset Pier Casino, (The Towers,) which burned spectacularly in 1900

Oh, say, can you see?

By the looks of that flag you would have thought Francis Scott Key spent the night on an English ship in the harbor.

 
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