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A headless plaster cherub seems a fitting symbol for the Wentworth by the Sea Limbo Years /Stephen Gianotti and Tom McCarron
WENTWORTH BY THE SEA

Visitors new to the Seacoast region are amazed when they learn that, just a few years ago, this New Castle hotel was a wreck. Stephen Gianotti and Tom McCarron thought they were capturing the last days of the Wentworth when they shot these photos in 1989. According to the architects who redesigned the hotel, it was roughly two years from total collapse when it suddenly received a $26 million reconstruction.

 

 

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EXTREME MAKEOVER "BEFORE" PHOTOS

Stephen Gianotti by Tom McCarronIn retrospect, it all seems like a dream. For 20 years the massive hotel stood vacant on the New Castle, NH bluff looking blankly out to sea. Now with Wentworth by the Sea re-opened and bustling, we quickly forget how close it came to complete destruction. Very very close.

Yet much was still lost. Fully 85-percent of the 800-foot Victorian hotel was razed by previous owners during its Limbo Years beginning in 1982. In 1998 photographer Stephen Gianotti asked permission of the Green Company to capture images of the hotel. Closed in 1981, the Wentworth was in desperate shape when Gianotti and his friend Tom McCarron began shooting pictures inside and out.

Following is a gallery of details from the Colonial Revival era, plaster cherubs, wooden rosettes and adorned columns. Most were destroyed when the 1880s and 1890s additions were bulldozed recently, but not all. Only the earliest portion of the hotel has survived and been renovated and modernized by the new owners Ocean Properties. Today Gianotti's photographic record offers a rare last look at the architectural detailing from Frank Jones era. --- JDR

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Wentworth-by-the-Sea Photos
Victorian Details

 

Ornate victorian column/ Stephen Gianotti and Tom McCarron

Lost detail in plaster ornamentation / Stephen Gianotti and Tom McCarron

Lost architectural detail at Wentworth by the Sea / SeacaostNH.com

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Wentworth by the Sea Before Reconstruction (consinued)

 

This detail has survived in the center of the dome now in the Dining Room/ Stephen Gianotti and Tom McCarron

Interior of the Wentworth stripped bare in 1998 /Stephen Gianotti and Tom McCarron

Peeling paint after 20 unused years in New Castle, NH / Stephen Gianotti and Tom McCarron

Victorian detail over a doorway / http://seacoastnh.com/Stephen Gianotti and Tom McCarron

Steve shooting from WBS tower in 1998/Tom McCarron

Candid photo of hotel wing being razed beofre being saved by Ocean Properties/ Stephen Gianotti and Tom McCarron

All photos (c) Stephen Gianotti and Tom McCarron.
These images appear in the book "Wentworth by the Sea:
The LIfe and Times of a Grand Hotel" by J. Dennis Robinson.

 

 

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