1965The Hotel Thorwald fire occurred.Events & Anniversaries, Economy and Industry, Local Businesses, Fires

Hotel Thorwald and the Bass Rocks Golf Course, c. 1923. Herman W. Spooner, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 01887
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The Atlantic Road hotel had been unoccupied for five years and the City Council was discussing a plan to raze the building and build a million-dollar 96-unit apartment house in its place. Since the building was uninsured and back taxes were owed, suspicions arose that the fire was intentionally set.

Gloucester Daily Times. "Blaze Guts Hotel Thorwald." March 5, 1965. https://sawyer.advantage-preservation.com/
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