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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Fraunce's Tavern: 1900

Fraunce's Tavern: 1900

New York circa 1900. "Fraunce's Tavern, Broad and Pearl Streets." The building, which figured in the Revolutionary War, is said to be Manhattan's oldest. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Re: +104

Love these shots showing a century of change in buildings and landscape. Noticed that the two side by side buildings lost a floor.

+104

Below is the same view from November of 2004.

An entrance for the ladies?

Is the covered entrance under the word Tavern likely a ladies' entrance? I believe all the finest places offered them, providing a more gentile doorway for the more gentile of our species.

[Oy vey. - tterrace]

Which Fraunces?

There's good old George Ehret's beer again!

Interesting thing about Fraunces Tavern. The one that George Washington knew, burned in 1854, leaving only one wall. The one seen here, was the rebuild. The Sons of the Revolution, who are still HQ'd here bought the place at the turn of the last century. The owner of this place sold off everything at auction; the sign, the collection of muskets, tables, (Colonial Dames bought up the furniture) flags, mugs etc. thinking they had a fine collection, of historic items. Not a stick of it was authentic to Washington and Fraunces. (See - Fire, above.) The Sons of the Revolution painstakingly reconstructed the Fraunces Tavern of today, the architect utilizing similar extant buildings of the period and presumed original builder, and noting the fire lines and remains of the original floor lines on the only original remaining wall. When the new rebuild opened the public hated it. Why? Because they knew the Fraunces that they remembered, the one pictured here.

 
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