The Ocean House Then ...

A Tuck Memorial Museum Release, 1970s

Brochure courtesy Daniel Furden

Hampton Union, ca. 1970s

[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online.]
THE OCEAN HOUSE -- This post card from the Tuck Museum collection, shows the Ocean House as it was in 1929. The following description of this hotel is from an old brochure which was given to its transients explaining all the comforts of the hotel. These brochures will be on display at the Tuck Museum and were given by Daniel Furden. Mr. Furden also donated the large Ocean House sign which hung outside, along with a small metal sign advertising dinners.
[A Tuck Museum Release]

Ed. Note: (The following description of the famous Hampton Beach Ocean House Hotel is taken from a brochure enticing vacationers to come to the beach. Although we were unable to determine when this was printed, we assume it was in the early 1950's since the Ocean House boasts of having a television in the lounge. New owners of the Casino-Ocean House Complex have said they will eventually tear down the hotel and possibly replace it with a fast food outlet.)


"The Ocean House, located conveniently at the corner of Ocean Boulevard and 'D' Street at happy Hampton Beach, is one of the best known hostelries at this famous seaside recreational center. For years it has maintained a splendid reputation mainly because of its atmosphere of home-like comfort and its accessibility.

"The Ocean House has fifty rooms, each room equipped with running hot and cold water. Every room is an outside room and from more than half of the rooms a delightful view of the broad Atlantic Ocean may be obtained. Obviously the rooms are cool and well ventilated for each and every one of them is air-conditioned by fresh ocean breezes.

"These rooms are the kind of rooms of which every comfortable home boasts. Each room is attractively furnished and decorated and has plenty of closet space. All of the beds are equipped with new innerspring mattresses. There are numerous, modern bathrooms with showers. The corridors and stairways are wide and spacious and the entire house is equipped with the latest type of automatic sprinklers which eliminates all fire hazard.

"The lobby, men's lounge, and the reception room have an air of simplicity and comfort -- which makes every guest feel immediately at home." A well trained staff is ready at all times to render the friendly, courteous service which is so much appreciated by vacationists and tourists. All of the guests have free access to a commodious parking space located adjacent to the hotel.


"The Ocean House is an intimate and important part of the famous Hampton Beach Casino, one of the best institutions of its kind on the entire Atlantic shoreline. The Casino is the hub around which every Hampton Beach activity revolves and while the hotel is not an integral part of the Casino building, it is located right next to it on the north. Therefore, Ocean House guests are afforded direct contact with every one of the many vacation facilities which the Casino offers its hundreds of thousands of patrons.

"These facilities include a splendid theatre, many bowling alleys, a modern bath house, gift shop, soda spa, smoke shop, and many other shops and stores, a splendid ballroom, a great Exposition hall, a lunchroom, and a large restaurant. These diversified eating facilities where most delectable lunches and meats are served at very reasonable prices are greatly appreciated by Ocean House guests.

"Directly opposite the center of the Casino is the bandstand where a splendid concert band gives four programs daily during the season. Ocean House guests may sit comfortably on the broad verandas of the hotel and listen to the band concerts and in the record and radio programs which are broadcast over the beach public address system and are also a part of the daily entertainment program at happy Hampton.

"So plan to come to Hampton for your vacation and if you choose the Ocean House as your vacation home, you may be certain that the management will do everything that it is humanly possible to do in order to make your holiday interesting and happy. P.S. We have acquired the new look at the Ocean House and the Casino.

"The hotel has a new and graceful Colonial entrance, a larger, brighter, more modern lobby built around a homey limestone fireplace. You won't miss your favorite television shows. We've installed a fine large set in the lounge. Wide picture windows in the lobby and lounge afford a full view of the broad Atlantic.

"All the bedrooms have been repainted in gay pastel shades, new tile showers and bathrooms have been added. New carpets have been laid and many minor improvements have been made for your comfort."

THE OCEAN HOUSE -- This post card from the Tuck Museum collection,
shows the Ocean House as it was in the 1930s.
(A Tuck Museum Release, John M. Holman, Curator, 1970-1983
Brochure information courtesy of Daniel Furden, donor)