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jim sadowski- November 08, 2008 - Report this comment
Bay State House dates from 1854, at 291 Main street corner of Exchange street. At one time the Worvester Theatre was nearby at 16 Exchange street.
Katie- January 22, 2010 - Report this comment
My grandfather, John Conroy, owned this under the name Hotel Mayfair. I still have many pics of the interior - the ballrooms, bar,-I have sketches of patrons by Al Banx. I have menus and an autographed picture of W.C. Fields that says, "To John Conroy, Make mine 2 pints!"
Julie Dowen- April 19, 2012 - Report this comment
The Bay State House was where the people, organizers and racers signed up and coordinated the Dead Horse Hill races held in the early 1900's. They held receptions there as well. To Katie- please post your pixs for the world to share - they sound awesome.
Fran- June 13, 2012 - Report this comment
Thanks so much for this photo, info above. My ggfather HB Lewis was a reporter on lecture tour, spoke here Dec 28,1896 re: Sino-Japanese War & his experiences in Japan. Great to see how it looked then.
Bon- October 12, 2012 - Report this comment
Katie, I am doing research that includes the Bay State House. Can you email me pictures of the interior under your Grandfather's ownership as the Hotel Mayfair? StewartBon@aol.com
Don Latino- October 09, 2013 - Report this comment
The building still stands, although in a sadly altered state. Some time ago, pre 1960's for sure, the upper two floors were removed. If you look closely at what's left you can still see architectural elements of the old building, mainly in the windows at the sides of the building.
Katie- January 12, 2015 - Report this comment
I haven't looked at this is in so long! I will definitely post some pictures soon! I have been speaking to a colleague who works with the Antiquarian society - I am thinking of donating the large b&w photos for their museum!
Julie Dowen- July 22, 2015 - Report this comment
Hi Don - Im sorry but you are mistaken - the building is long gone and would have sat in between where the Palladium is now (261 Main St) and where the Gilman Bldg was(now Worc Courthouse) (225 Main St). Just a memory.....
Julie Dowen- July 22, 2015 - Report this comment
I take that back - thats what I get for not having my glasses on - the address of the Bay State House was 283 Main St. I have compared the 2 story building there now with the pictures of the Hotel and doubt if it is the same building. So many differences and it would be consuming to remove the top stories - unless of a fire. To be continued with further research!
Don Latino- December 29, 2015 - Report this comment
Hi Julie... When I lived in Worcester I worked on the 1970's survey of Worcester's historic and architecturally significant buildings. (See "Worcester's Best" Vol I & II). Believe me, the bottom two floors of the building that was the Bay State are still there as they have been since the 1850's.

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