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Narragansett Pier

New York

The Mathewson Hotel

Monday, August 7, 1882

The Decorative Arts


Newspaper reports

The Narragansett Times, Aug 11, 1882 (left)

The Camden Post (New Jersey), Aug 8, 1882 (below)


My gratitude goes to Jessica Wilson, South Kingstown Public Library/Peace Dale for sourcing the press clipping on this page from the microform archive of the Narragansett Times

I am grateful also for the support of Brian Gallagher and Prof. Jim Kinnie of the University of Rhode Island Carothers Library; Shirley Eastham, President of the Narragansett Historical Society; and Samuel Judd, Reference and Information Services Librarian at the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library.

Venue and Accommodation

The Mathewson Hotel

Ocean Road, Narragansett Pier, RI

Built: 1868, near and incorporating the original Mathewson home (b. 1865)

Guest rooms: 270

Wilde lectured in: the Dining Room

Renamed: 1917, The New Mathewson Hotel

Closed: November 1917, property put up for sale

Demolished: 1919 


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