FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2014
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
Peter Michaud, N.H. Division of Historical Resources
Rye’s Beach Club named to National Register of Historic Places
The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources has announced that the Beach Club of Rye Beach has been honored by the United States Secretary of the Interior with placement on the National Register of Historic Places.
Administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation and is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect our historic and archaeological resources.
Located directly on Rye Beach, the Beach Club is part of Rye’s long history as a summer resort destination and is the only private recreational facility of its kind that still exists on New Hampshire’s coast. The property remains remarkably unchanged and continues to reflect the time period in which it was originally built.
Founded in 1925, the Club’s members have included governors, industrialists, leaders of major corporations and descendants of distinguished old New England families. Charles Studebaker, a Rye Beach summer resident and member of the Studebaker automobile family, persuaded General Electric to install its then-new underwater pool-lighting system in the Club’s 1929 saltwater pool.
The Club’s oldest building, a stone and wood-framed clubhouse with Queen Anne and Tudor Revival architectural details, dates to the 1880s. Three wood-framed bath houses surround the 50 feet by 100 feet saltwater pool that was installed in 2007 as a replacement for the original pool.
For more information on the National Register program in New Hampshire, please visit www.nh.gov/nhdhr or contact Peter Michaud at the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources at (603) 271-3483.
New Hampshire’s Division of Historical Resources, the “State Historic Preservation Office,” was established in 1974. The historical, archaeological, architectural and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among its most important environmental assets. Historic preservation promotes the use, understanding and conservation of such resources for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of New Hampshire’s citizens. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/nhdhr or call (603) 271-3483.