In this postcard, postmarked 1925, the triple set of railroad tracks which ran right in front of the Lakeside House have mysteriously disappeared. The Lakeside House looks like it is set on a bucolic country lane, instead of in the heart of bustling early 1920s Weirs Beach. The artists of that time clearly were very skillful at retouching photographs; they didn’t need Photoshop to get the job done! (Although they should have been a little more careful with their use of color – the Lakeside House was light yellow, not light green!)
Variety Store & Casino: Located on Lakeside Avenue, approximately where today’s “Crazy Gringos” restaurant is. From 1880 until 1917, to reach the Lakeside House from Lakeside Avenue, customers descended a stairway, then crossed over the railroad tracks (not drawn in), and ascended another stairway to the front lawn of the Lakeside House. In 1917 a steel truss bridge, which connected directly to the porch of the hotel, was built over the railroad tracks, about 30 feet north of the stairways. Profile Rock: Was located on Doe Point, location of former “Shore Path” – no longer accessible as private homeowners have blocked access. The Avenue: The view looking North on what is now Weeks Street. Notice the “Lakeside Cafe” to the right of the Hotel. Depot Looking South: Shows the 2nd railroad station and the NH Veterans Association HQ. Main Illustration: The The illustration shows the Pine Grove on the front lawn, which remained until the Hurricane of 1938. The old steamer Mount Washington passes by far out on the Lake.
This illustration can best be viewed at the Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society museum, where an enlarged version in COLOR hangs on the wall.
Boston: D.H.Hurd & Co. Publishers, 1892. From the 1892 Town & City Atlas of New Hampshire.
Previsaging its later name change to the Lakeside Hotel, this 1930’s advertisement dubs its subject matter not the Lakeside House, but simply, “The Lakeside”.
The same photo was used for a postcard.
Below – a somewhat clearer photo than the one in the article.
Below – a 1904 postcard superimposes Mr. Weeks’ image over this same photo of the Hotel.
Here are bank checks signed by Weeks himself.
Here is Week’s business card. Note the elegant title script.
Mrs. Weeks passed away in early March, 1934.
An advertising card from 1881 or 1882. As telephone service in Weirs Beach began in 1881, and L.R. Weeks died in late 1882, this card can be precisely dated.
Similar in size to a postcard, but not a postcard, as private postcards were not legal until 1898. The card was actually salmon colored.
Another advertising card, copyright 1882, notes that “This House..is nearly new.”
Once again, as noted in the comments for postcard #7, the photo has been retouched to make the railroad tracks in front of the hotel disappear. This particular postcard is unique because it is the only color postcard that shows the 1917 steel truss pedestrian bridge across the railroad tracks to the hotel.
This 1897 photo clearly shows the rearward extension of the main building which was torn down when the Lakeside Hotel was redeveloped into the Winnipesaukee Marketplace in 1986. This photo also clearly shows the stairway that desecended to the railroad tracks (the tracks are not visible in the photo), crossed the railroad tracks, and then ascended on the opposite bank to Lakeside Avenue. The stairway was later replaced in 1917 by a steel truss pedestrian footbridge over the railroad tracks that connected directly to the side porch of the building (where the Lakeside sign is showing in the photo).
The Lakeside House
Situated at Weirs Landing, on the western shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, will open as usual June 1.
The Lakeside has three times been enlarged in order to accommodate the steadily increasing patronage. Many new improvements have been recently added; the house is now provided with electric bells, and the new sanitary arrangements are simply perfect. Indeed, the house with all its appointments is admirably adapted to the wants and comforts of its first-class patrons. The table has the well earned reputation of being unsurpassable. Note the least in its attractiveness is the pure spring-water, which is boutifully supplied from a living spring located on Doe’s mountain. Hotel and cottages will now easily accommodate two hundred guests. Cottages all located close by, well furnished, and considered very desirable for familes or parties, with meals at the hotel.
The veranda, always noted for its comfort, extends around three sides of the house, and is four hundred feet in length. One can always find either sunshine or shade at any hour of the day. A beautiful grove of pine, directly in front of the house, is both health giving and delightful. Ample pleasure grounds adjacent, well shaded. A Casino contains piano, pool and billiard tables.
Postoffice, telegraph, and telephone, also express office and news-stand, within one minute’s walk.
Rates of Board:
June and September…$7.00 to $9.00 per week
July and August…$8.00 to $17.50 per week.
According to room and number of occupants. Special rates for the season.
No dampness or malaria near the LAKESIDE.
Cool breezes always singing through the pines free of charge for LAKESIDE guests.
Mosquitoes unknown at LAKESIDE HOUSE.
LAKESIDE HOUSE nearest the lake, only one minute’s walk from the shore.
Pure, living spring-water can but invigorate guests at the LAKESIDE.
Plank walk connects depot, steamboat-landing, music-hall, church, postoffice, etc., with the LAKESIDE HOUSE.
Special rates and extra attention to June and September guests at the LAKESIDE.
About the Weirs
Beaches – 2 miles
Intervale – 4 miles
Follett’s Hill – 5 miles
Gilford Village – 6 miles
Laconia – 6 miles
Belknap Mountain – 8 miles
Canterbury Shakers – 18 miles
Lake Shore Park – 7 miles
On the Lake
Lakeport- 4 miles
Wolfeborough – 16 miles
Centre Harbor – 8 miles
Long Island – 7 miles
Stonedam Island – 2 miles
Meredith Village – 4 miles
Bear Island – 6 miles
Ossipee Park – 19 miles
Governor’s Island – 2 miles
Pendleton’s Shore – 1 mile
Cow Island – 6 miles
Hackett’s Rock – 1 mile.
Lakeport – 4 miles
Laconia – 6 miles
Tilton – 16 miles
Concord – 34 miles
Meredith – 4 miles
Plymouth – 17 miles
Warren – 38 miles
Littleton – 79 miles
Webmaster’s notes: Profile Rock was located on the Shore Path in the Methodist Campground at Weirs Beach.
Follet’s Hill was located in or near Gilford. The following excerpt is from Sweetser’s The White Mountains, published in 1876.
It is unknown where Hackett’s Rock was located.
Here is the original stereoview by Moulton.
Moulton also produced a cabinet card fom this same photograph. The cabinet card showed more of the pine shaded front lawn than in the stereoview.
Another cabinet card by Moulton, showing a view of the east side of the Lakeside House, looking across an unpaved Weeks Street, little more than a path at this time.
A carriage drops off passengers in the small circular driveway.
Detail of the porch from the top card. Notice the fancy scroll work on the upper post fans.
A teacup and saucer. Probably made in the 1940’s. Although showing the Lakeside House, the inscription calls out the name of the Lakeside Hotel.
Below, a detail from the 1923 Sanborn Fire Insurance map of Weirs Beach shows the building layout of the property. The heights of the various buildings, in stories, are detailed on the map. The main building was 3 1/2 stories high.
Below is the earliest available photo of the Lakeside House. The photo dates from the 1870’s. From a stereoview by B.F. Foster titled “Lakeside House, B.C.&M. R.R., Depot and Landing”. This was number three in a series of nine”Artistic Stereos” of the “Winnipesaukee Camp Ground & Vicinity in Weirs, New Hampshire”. The photo is very interesting in several respects. In the foreground left, we see a very modest 2 story building – the original Lakeside House. The main, 3 1/2 story hotel had still not been built! (Nor had the 2 1/2 story building connecting the two.) In the far distance, the depot – the original BC&M railroad station – is seen still standing, with a steam train stopped right in front of it. (The ornate second train station would be built in 1880, the same year as the main hotel.) We see that the boardwalk did not end where it does today, but continued alongside the East side of the railroad tracks all the way alongside the hotel property. Finally, we see that there were not one, but two stairways to the hotel. The distant stairway crosses the railroad tracks from the opposite bank. This stairway can be partially seen in many of the above views of the hotel. The foreground stairway ascends the embankment from the end of the boardwalk, passing through an arch to the rear entrance to the hotel.