Gladstone Springhouse and Bottling Plant

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Gladstone Springhouse and Bottling Plant
Gladstone Springhouse and Bottling Plant, 145A Boon St. Narragansett.jpg
Gladstone Springhouse and Bottling Plant, 145A Boon St., Narragansett
Gladstone Springhouse and Bottling Plant is located in Rhode Island
Gladstone Springhouse and Bottling Plant
Location Narragansett, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°25′35″N 71°27′25″W / 41.42639°N 71.45694°W / 41.42639; -71.45694Coordinates: 41°25′35″N 71°27′25″W / 41.42639°N 71.45694°W / 41.42639; -71.45694
Built 1899
Architect Hazard, T. G., Jr.
Architectural style Colonial Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 84002051[1]
Added to NRHP May 10, 1984

The Gladstone Springhouse and Bottling Plant is an historic water bottling facility at 145a Boon Street in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

The springhouse was constructed in 1899 by T. G. Hazard, Jr. The bottling plant building may date from as early as 1911.[2] The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

Gladstone Springhouse

The springhouse collects the water of Gladstone Springs. It contains about seven and a half feet of water. It is a round stone structure, 30 feet (9.1 m) in diameter and standing only about 18 inches (460 mm) above grade, and is covered by a conical roof. A projecting gable-roof dormer contains the doorway to the building.[2]

Southwest of the spring house stands a two-story wood frame structure with a large single-story concrete-block addition, which has seen a variety of uses. The first floor is believed to have originally housed offices, but was converted to apartments, while the upstairs appears to always have been an apartment probably for the facility manager. The concrete block structure is where bottling and shipping took place.[2]

History[edit]

The availability of fresh spring water via Gladstone Springs was significant to the development of Narragansett Pier, Rhode Island, as a resort area in the decades following the Civil War. In 1899, the springhouse was built by T. G. Hazard, Jr., to enlarge and cover a pit previously used to collect the spring water.[2]

In 1911, the property was purchased by Syria W. Mathewson, William R. Sweet, and Frederick C. Olney, who formed the Gladstone Springs Water Company. They built the bottling plant structure and enlarged the facilities, intending to begin the production of bottled sodas as well as spring water.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Clifford M. Renshaw (March 23, 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Gladstone Springhouse and Bottling Plant" (pdf). State of Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission.