Rhode Island Picture
The Hygeia Hotel - New Shorham,
Block Island, RI - 1907
The Hygeia Hotel
was built in 1883. The original hotel
burned to the ground, however guests continued to stay at
the Hygeia House, (originally the Hygeia Hotel
Annex used to house the staff) until the owner, Dr. John
C. Champlin and his wife passed away. At the time Dr. Champlin
was Block Island's only physician and he used the
Hygeia House as his home and office.
The Hygeia House was abandoned many years ago and
suffered years of neglect. Champlin Starr, the
great grandson of Dr. Champlin purchased and restored
the old Hygeia House in 1999. Current
room rates range from $65 to $315.
The "new" Block Island Fire and Police Station
was built on the site of the old Hygeia Hotel.
The restored Hygeia House
can be seen in a
photo at the
Hygeia House Website.
(This updated information
was given to me by a local historian - with many thanks to Steve W.)