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Title [Benjamin E. Streeter's West End Hotel]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Seehusen, Ernest
Date ca. 1900
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description B&W print, possibly original. View of a parade. A group of men are walking in the street. Most are wearing suits and top hats; most have medallions around their necks and ceremonial aprons tied around their waists. A small number of spectators, mostly men, watch from the side of the street. There are railroad tracks in the foreground. The men pass in front of a three-story building on a corner. The front and side of the building both have the same sign on the second floor: "B.E. STREETER'S / WEST END HOTEL." Sign above the first-floor awning: "BACHMANN BECHTEL EXTRA LAGER BEER." Sign on the corner of the building (partially obscured by a utility pole): "[W]EST END / [H]OTEL / [B.E.] STREETER / PROP." Inscription on the awning: "STREETER'S." Handwritten inscriptions on reverse, probably added by previous catalogers: "Main St. Tottenville" and "Seehusen."
(Keywords: New York City, Early Twentieth Century)
Print size 4.5 x 6.125
Ownership and History The West End Hotel, located on the corner of Main Street and Railroad Avenue in Tottenville, Staten Island, was operated for many years by Benjamin E. Streeter. It was the subject of an article in the Richmond County Advance on October 22, 1887, which reported that Mr. Streeter had hosted "a grand clam roast" at his hotel.

The medals and aprons worn by the men in the photograph may signify membership in a Masonic lodge or other fraternal organization.
Earliest Date 1900
Latest Date 1910
Subjects Hotels
Parades & processions
Fraternal organizations
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Streeter, Benjamin E.
Catalog Number PH01.1345
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, December 2016.
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