Published in Rye, N.H. on the first Thursday of each month
March 2007


Photo by Judy Palm, Rye Reflections

Down comes a Rye landmark, once used as an observation tower during World War II. Often referred to as the "Radar House", it was never used for radar sighting. Located on Rye Ledge, a short distance south of the Rye Beach Club on Ocean Boulevard, it was taken down on Feb. 22 by new owners Michael Spinelli and his wife Jane Coakley, long-time tourism executives. They intend to rebuild and will include a new tower. The building was a private residence before the war. It became one of six observation stations on the Seacoast in 1943, resumed being a private residence after the war and was renovated in 1967 when the tower, crow's nest and bay windows were added. For more photos, click here or on the photograph above