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Title Terra Marine Inn, Huguenot. Staten Island, N.Y.
Object Name Postcard
Studio or Publisher Grimshaw, William J. [publisher]
Date ca. 1907-1923
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description B&W postcard. View of a large three-story building on the waterfront; building has a porch the full length, and two-story columns at the entrance. An unpaved road is in the foreground, with an automobile at left. Printed caption at top left: "Terra Marine Inn, Huguenot. Staten Island, N.Y." Inscription printed in lower right corner: "PUBL. BY / W.J. GRIMSHAW". Printed on reverse: "POST CARD / CORRESPONDENCE / ADDRESS ONLY / STAMP / DOMESTIC, 1C / FOREIGN, 2C / THE ALBERTYPE CO. / BROOKLYN, N.Y."
(Keywords: Beach, Resort, Hotel, Waterfront, New York)
Print size 3.5 x 5.5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History The Terra Marine Inn, located on the beach at Huguenot, Staten Island, was in operation from around 1907 to 1923. A 1908 advertisement for the "Refined New Seaside Resort" gave the details: "Only one hour from Manhattan. Beautiful, newly furnished single and double rooms, with or without private baths; elegant parlor, bedroom, and bath sea-front suites. Magnificent Colonial dining hall and ballroom, facing sea, accommodating 400 guests. Finest cuisine; well-stocked wine cellar...600-foot pier; boating, bathing, fishing, tennis, etc..."

On April 29, 1909, a massive fire destroyed much of the Terra Marine Inn. The Evening Post newspaper reported that the fire was believed to have started in a chimney, and within 20 minutes the central portion of the building and two wings were ablaze: "...The glass dome over the dining hall, one of the finest in that neighborhood, fell in with a crash...the flames roared unchecked through the huge wooden structure, demolishing one after another of its 200 rooms, and a huge pillar of smoke drifted off over Princes Bay..." Despite the extensive damage, the owners vowed to rebuild, with an even larger building that would be "absolutely fireproof." Indeed, an article in the New York Times on May 3, 1909 stated that the Terra Marine Inn was open despite the fire, serving 600 guests in a sun parlor that had been converted into a dining room.
Earliest Date 1907
Latest Date 1923
Subjects Hotels
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Grimshaw, William J. (Sr.)
Catalog Number 00.018.0029
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, November 2014.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.