Chet Smolski, Rhode Island College


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Looking across the ferry landing on Block Island. On the horizon is the National Hotel (1903) and to the right of the is oldest surviving hotel, the Surf (1873, 1888). This group of buildings conveys the sense of a nineteenth-century seaside resort better than any remaining spot in Rhode Island.


Jordy, Buildings of Rhode Island, (New York, 2004) p. 605


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Chester E. Smolski photographic slides and publications, MSS-0041, Special Collections, James P. Adams Library, Rhode Island College.


Block Island, Rhode Island; island; harbor; hotels; historic buildings; waterfront; resort towns; tourism;