Mountain View House
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Mountain View House
|Location||120 Mountain View Rd., Whitefield, New Hampshire|
|Area||24 acres (9.7 ha)|
|Architectural style||Colonial Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||04000588|
|Added to NRHP||June 9, 2004|
After the Civil War, tourism became popular in the White Mountains, especially with the arrival of the railroad. In 1865, William and Mary Dodge first accepted boarders into their home. By 1866, the couple officially opened an inn called the Mountain View House. Over the years, several additions were built, which by 1884 could accommodate over 100 guests. The facilities were greatly enlarged to accommodate over 200 guests in 1911 and 1912, when the iconic belvedere tower was added to the facade.
As an established member of the elite White Mountain resorts, the Dodges continued to expand and improve "The View", as it was called, including nearly doubling the hotel capacity to 300 beds and seating for 450 in the dining hall. Sports and conference facilities were added, and the real estate was expanded to over 3,000 acres (1,200 ha).
The property remained in the family until it was sold in 1979, giving rise to the claim of being "the oldest resort in the US to be owned and operate by the same family living on the same property."
But the new owners proved unsuccessful; it closed in 1986 after 122 seasons and went into foreclosure, with the furnishings auctioned by the bank in 1989.
After being held by investors but never reopened as of 1998, Kevin Craffey, a general contractor from Duxbury, Massachusetts, purchased the vacant hotel for $1.3 million, including 360 acres (150 ha), a 9-hole golf course, clubhouse and conference hall. After an extensive $20 million renovation, with addition of a new hotel kitchen, spa, tennis courts, consolidation of 145 rooms, landscaping and updated amenities, the hotel reopened on May 22, 2002, as the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa. In 2005, the hotel and its 4,000 surrounding acres were purchased by the American Financial Group, a holding company which owns several other historic luxury hotels in four other US states.
The Mountain View House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.
The Mountain View House is an EPA Green Power Partner, getting all of its electrical power through the installation of a 121-foot (37 m) wind turbine adjacent to the hotel and through the purchase of renewable energy certificates. The resort has been named an "Environmental Champion" by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and the N.H. Lodging and Restaurant Association.
In 2004, a year after vehemently denying any wrongdoing, Mr. Craffey pleaded guilty to environmental felonies, arising from improper asbestos removal and disposal during renovations, and was sentenced to two years of detention, all but two months of which were suspended. He also agreed to pay over $230,000 in fines and restitution and 150 hours of community service.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- "Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa, a Historic Hotels of America member". Historic Hotels of America. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
- "History of Mountain View Grand". Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
- Bryant F. Tolles, Jr., The Grand Resort Hotels of the White Mountains, 1998, p.207
- Edwin McDowell (May 8, 2002). "A Costly Rebirth for a Big Old Resort". The New York Times. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
- 04000588 NRIS (National Register Information System)
- "Mt. View Grand an 'Enviro Champion'". New Hampshire Business Review. September 9, 2010. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
- "Burton recalls Kevin Craffey, who reopened the Mt View Grand and then went to jail". WhiteMtNews.com. May 9, 2011. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
- Mike Recht (May 23, 2003). "Hotelier Faces Asbestos Charges". Bangor Daily News. p. B4. Retrieved February 22, 2013.