Swett's Hotel

Manufacturer: Greenwood Pottery
User: Swett's Hotel, Portland, Maine
Date: 1886 - 1910
Notes: The Swett's Hotel opened in 1894 in Portland Maine, with Charles S. Swett as the proprietor. Charles S. Swett first appeared in the 1891 Portland Directory as a Clerk at the Durant House, located at 534 1/2 Congress Street, and he also boarded at the Durant House.

By 1895, Charles S. Swett was listed in the Portland Directory as the proprietor of the Durant House, as well as the Swett's Hotel, located at 15 1/2 to 23 Temple Street.

Similiar Swett's Hotel advertisements were found in the 1897 and 1901 Portland directories:
Swett's Hotel
Each Room Heated by Steam
Nos. 17 to 23 Temple St. [originally listed as 15 1/2 to 23 Temple St.]
Midway Between Congress & Middle Sts.
Chas. S. Swett, Prop., Portland, ME
Opened Dec. 1894. Rates $2.00 per day

It is believed that the hotel closed circa 1905, as there was no Charles S. Swett listed in the 1906 Portland City Directory, and the former Swett's Hotel was listed as the Revere House with proprietor Selden W. Holt. Notably, Holt used the same advertisement as Swett's 1901 listing, but the hotel name and proprietor are different.

Below is an account of Charles Swetts family and the begining of the hotel:
"Josiah Swett, having prospered both as a farmer and shipbuilder, abandoned his log cabin on Ossipee Mountain and built a two-story farmhouse where he lived until it burned in 1849. The following year he built a large 14 room house which he later turned into a hotel known as Ossipee House, and he and another son, Charles C. Swett, became prominent hoteliers. Charles operated Swett's Hotel in Portland for many years and, later, a hotel in Rockland. The Ossipee Mountain operation served as a summer facility for both."

Sources:
Directory of Portland and Vicinity, 1895-1906
Waterboro Town Hall, The Waterborough: Condensed From An Article in National Fisherman, by Steve Libby

White body. Blue decorative circular logo with intertwined CSS initials and an outer circle with "Swett's Hotel Portland Maine." Arched over the logo are the words: "Compliments of" in blue.





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