The Colonial Arms Grand Hotel Eastern Point Gloucester- Series- 100 Year Old Gloucester Postcards From Peter Dorsey

Peter writes-

Joey,

I have a big box of old postcards, and I realize that a few of them are from Gloucester, Mass.  Perhaps your readers would like to see some of them. I’ll send you a few here. Maybe I can find some more in my big box. I’ll send them from time to time; if you like.  My father was born in a house near the cut in 1919, and his father worked as a scientist for Mr. Hammond (of the castle);so I have a historical attachment to Gloucester.

I always think its amazing to see the changes that occur in just 100 years, and am glad to have the chance to study old pictures and share them when I can.

I really enjoy Good Morning Gloucester!

Peter Dorsey

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3 Responses to The Colonial Arms Grand Hotel Eastern Point Gloucester- Series- 100 Year Old Gloucester Postcards From Peter Dorsey

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow……………was the Colonial Arms a Hotel on Eastern Point? Maybe Fred Bodin can provide some insight, he seems to have great insight to our history

    • found online search says:

      The social enclave of Eastern Point was created in the 1880s by wealthy Bostonians John and David Greenough, who formed the Eastern Point Associates to purchase farmland in east Gloucester from the heirs of farmer Thomas Niles. They bought the land on November 12, 1887 for $100,000 and began laying out streets and dividing the parcel into building lots. On a map of the subdivision produced for the Associates in 1889, the future site of Beauport occupied the lot designated as number 101. In 1901, the lot was sold to well-known Cape Ann hotel builder George O. Stacey, who already had sites including the Moorland Hotel, the Magnolia Hotel, and the Hawthorne Inn to his credit. One year later, Stacey purchased three adjoining lots and a few parcels across the road for the three-hundred-room Colonial Arms Hotel which opened for the season in 1904.

      In 1892, the Eastern Point Associates went bankrupt, primarily because they could not provide an infrastructure on Eastern Point for the homes they were building. Perhaps the peak of Eastern Point’s caché as a vacation spot came in 1904 with the construction near Niles Beach of the Colonial Arms, a six story 300-room luxury hotel, which unfortunately burned down in 1908.

  2. Nuckie Rust says:

    A great location for a hotel! 2nd only to The Empire on Main St., beautiful DOWNTOWN Glosta…

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