Historic Hostels

HI-USA operates numerous hostels of historic significance. Many are designated as landmarks by local, state or federal agencies.

Historic hostels enhance HI-USA’s educational aims and provide a unique insight into America’s past. A hosteller might spend the night in an old lifesaving station in Nantucket, or a post-Gold Rush Victorian mansion in Sacramento. When developing a hostel on a historic site, HI-USA strives to preserve historic and architectural features for future visitors. Here are some examples:

A 49-bed hostel occupies the first life-saving station, built in 1874 and originally called “Star of the Sea”, operated on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.
HI-New York
A 624-bed hostel built of red brick in the French inspired style and designed by notable architect Richard Morris Hunt in 1881.
A 72-bed hostel occupies an 1885 Victorian mansion prized for its interiors and designed by noted architects Seth Babson and James Seadler.

HI-USA is the past recipient of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s highest award – the National Preservation Honor Award – for its preservation and adaptive use of historic structures as hostels.

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