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Title Terra Marine Inn, Huguenot Park, Staten Island, N.Y
Object Name Postcard
Studio or Publisher Souvenir Post Card Co.
Date ca. 1907-1915
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original color postcard with illustration of a large three-story hotel with a cupola; 3 American flags are flying on top of the building; in the foreground is a beach and the ocean, with people on the beach and a few in the water; a wooden pier is at left. Printed inscription in upper right: "Terra Marine Inn, Huguenot Park, Staten Island, N.Y. / Plumbing and Steam Heating Installed by / R. JURGENSEN, NEW DORP." Reverse side has printed inscription "Post Card / ... / Souvenir Post Card Co., New York."
(Keywords: Beach, Seaside Resorts, Hotel, Waterfront, New York City, Early Twentieth Century)
Print size 3.250 x 5.375
Acquisition Collection of the Staten Island Historical Society
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 1915
Subjects Beaches
Hotels
Business enterprises
Resorts
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number PH01.0161
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, August 2015.
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.