Reader Michelle emailed a couple of interesting images to me that I felt warranted a post of their own. From the information available online she has figured out a way to show us almost exactly where Bartold’s Inn was once located. Enough people have questioned me about this that I thought if I put it in the title of this post it may help folks who are searching for this information to find it.
I’ll start off with a couple of images some of you have seen before just so you’ll have them handy.
HABS was the brainchild of Charles Peterson of the National Park Service who said at the time, “The plan I propose is to enlist a qualified group of architects and draftsmen to study, measure and draw up the plans, elevations and details of the important antique buildings of the United States. Our architectural heritage of buildings from the last four centuries diminishes daily at an alarming rate. The ravages of fire and the natural elements together with the demolition and alterations caused by real estate ‘improvements’ form an inexorable tide of destruction destined to wipe out the great majority of the buildings which knew the beginning and first flourish of the nation. The comparatively few structures which can be saved by extraordinary effort and presented as exhibition houses and museums or altered and used for residences or minor commercial uses comprise only a minor percentage of the interesting and important architectural specimens which remain from the old days. It is the responsibility of the American people that if the great number of our antique buildings must disappear through economic causes, they should not pass into unrecorded oblivion. “
Was this guy forward thinking or what? You will find much of interest if you Google HABS.
Reader Michelle’s comment from an earlier post. “Doing just a small amount of research on Bartold’s Inn, I was able to see it’s exact location with the Historical Aerial View from 1955 and 2019 with the split screen option. I believe the 2nd black lamp post with 2 maple leaves hanging on it, south (correction) side of Manchester from Hanley Road is the edge of where the building was. The split screen clearly shows it there. I’m not sure if you have already done this, but I thought I’d share this.”
I’m glad you did, Michelle because I had not done that. I didn’t even think of it. We can tell the building is the Bartold Inn because its roof dormers are visible.
Michelle goes on to say, “My Dad, who grew up in Maplewood in the house on Hanley Road (end of Folk Ave) that used to sit smack in the middle of Hanley Road when it was still separated lanes before the building of the Walmart, etc. He was born in 1929 and grew up here and went to MRH. He told me he had his first taste of beer at Bartold’s when he went there with his Dad. He said he was about 12 years old and his Dad let him have a couple of sips but he didn’t like the taste back then. He remembered Bartold’s well. He passed in 2017 still living in Maplewood.”
This is fabulous, Michelle. If I hadn’t stopped drinking altogether I might on a nice warm day go sit on the grass there and have a cold one. I’d toast the memory of your father and the memory of the now vanished Bartold family that once operated the inn and grove. And I’d toast their magnificent roster of guests that included not only many city folks just out for an enjoyable weekend but also Ulysses S. Grant and Mark Twain and even our own Charles S. Rannells who was known to stop in for a little libation now and then.
Doesn’t that seem like a great idea? If anyone should decide to do it, just remember those names of who you’re toasting. When the Sunnen security guy shows up or the Maplewood Police, you may have some explaining to do.
Much thanks to Reader Michelle for sharing these images and her thoughts with all of us.
Doug Houser April 15, 2020