Nilsson Spring Street Studio archive

Nilsson Spring Street Studio was once the Chester House, an elegant hotel built during the early 1840s. The fourth floor was used for social functions and included a dance floor.

A fire in 1903 destroyed the peaked roof and entire fourth floor of the hotel.

Following the fire, the Chester House was rebuilt with a flat roof, the fourth floor no longer in existence as it was too badly damaged to repair. In 1936, the hotel was purchased to be used as a private residence. Major exterior changes were made by the owners, as is visible to this day, the current private residence and art gallery no longer resembling the once large hotel.