Motif #1

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In the craggy seacoast town of Rockport, Massachusetts stands one of the most painted and photographed landmarks in New England. (L’Ecuyer, 2009) As a picture perfect backdrop, many art galleries and tourist brochures proudly exhibit this renowned structure. Simply known as Motif #1, its historical as well as cultural significance to the town is displayed for all to see. The building was originally used as a fishing shack that housed fishing gear and fish since the American Civil War. (Bartllett, 2002) Motif #1 was built in 1880 on what is known as Bradley Wharf which gave fishermen easy access for storage. Jutting out into the inner harbor, Bear Skin Neck provided a quaint and provincial appeal which can be seen from the main street, Mt. Pleasant Street. (New England Life, 2009) From successive individual ownership it was turned over to the Rockport Pier Company. As the fishing industry grew, so did the interest in the charming area as often is the case with seaside towns. Besides being a fishing community, it quickly established itself as a tourist attraction. In the summer of 1890 with the U.S. Naval Fleet stationed out in the harbor, tourists were taken daily from the wharf out to the ships for inspections. These visits continued into the 1930. (Bartllett, 2002) In 1920 an American traveling through South America found a picture of the Motif #1 that was believed to have been painted in Czechoslovakia and brought it back to his home in New Hampshire. This little shack has inspired many artists. In 1930 it was used by John Buckley as a studio. Probably one of the more unusual use of the Motif was the Rockport Lenionnaires building a 27 foot replica float. It started out with Rockport Art Association members participation bu... ... middle of paper ... Bartllet, Leslie D., Motif No.1-The Little Fish Shack Which Refused to Go Away™ © 2002 Barlett, Leslie D., My View Why Rockport’s Motif No 1 Matters, Gloucester Times, May 20, 2010 http://www.MyViewWhyRockport’sMotifNo1matters/ Curtis, Judith, Rockport: An Art Haven For Every Season, Cape Ann Guide 2010 L’Ecuyer, Jonathan, Rockport’s Motif No. 1 answers National Geographic question. Gloucestertimes. Com, Gloucester, MA Rockport Reconnaissance Report/ Essex County Landscape Inventory Massachusetts Heritage Landscape Inventory Program New England Travels
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