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William Rotch Warehouse, Main & South Water Streets, Nantucket, Nantucket County, MA



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Item Title


Location
Main & South Water Streets, Nantucket, MA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS MA-836
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-215; N164).
Building/structure dates: 1775 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1846 subsequent work
Significance: This three-story brick warehouse, the only eighteenth century commercial structure in Nantucket, although altered after being gutted in the Fire of 1846, is closely associated with early American maritime history. / The William Rotch Building-Pacific Club was built in 1772 as a counting house and warehouse for the Rotch Enterprises. Three Rotch-owned Nantucket whaling ships, the Eleanor, Beaver, and Dartmouth, chartered by the East India Company to convey cargoes of tea, were involved in the Boston Tea Party on the night of December 16, 1773. The Pacific Club, founded in 1854 by twenty-four captains and masters, merchants and owners, seamen and ships' officers formerly engaged in the whaling business in the Pacific Ocean, purchased the building in 1861.

Subjects
Warehouses


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer October 1969 WEST AND SOUTH ELEVATIONS
2. Historic American Buildings Survey Cervin Robinson, Photographer August 1962 EAST AND NORTH ELEVATIONS
3. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer October 1969 EAST AND NORTH ELEVATIONS
4. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer October 1969 WEST ELEVATION
5. Historic American Buildings Survey Cervin Robinson, Photographer August 1, 1962 EAST ROOM, FIRST FLOOR
6. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer October 1969 FIRST FLOOR, SOUTHWEST CORNER, 'CAPTAINS' ROOM'
7. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer October 1969 SOUTHWEST ROOM, FIRST FLOOR, 'CAPTAINS' ROOM' (Note: Furnace has replaced pot-bellied stove, cribbage board on table)
8. Historic American Buildings Survey Cervin Robinson, Photographer August 1962 SOUTHWEST CORNER ROOM OF PACIFIC CLUB, 'CAPTAINS' ROOM'
9. Historic American Buildings Survey Cervin Robinson, Photographer July 1962 THIRD FLOOR, FORMER DISTRICT COURTROOM
10. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer October 1969 THIRD FLOOR, FORMER DISTRICT COURTROOM


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