|The Riccar Inn was the last hotel building constructed on
Ricker Hill by Hiram Ricker & Sons. Built in 1913 under the supervision of hotel
carpenter, Forest Walker, it contained 100 small rooms and 4 bathrooms.
"The Riccar Inn, located at a distance of
about 800 feet north of the Mansion House and about 1600 feet west of the Poland Spring
House, is a new and complete hotel of eighty rooms, erected this year, finished in
hardwood, equipped with public baths and showers, and with hot and cold running water in
The Riccar Inn derives its name from the
founders of the present Ricker family in America, George and Mathurin Riccar, who came
from Saxony about the middle of the seventeenth century"
"The Riccar Inn was built primarily for
the servants of those who were regular summer guests. After the Inn was built, the
Riccars found that their guests wanted their servants close by them and not across the
After the resort closed, this building remained in use housing the operations of WMTW-TV in the basement and rear wing. From this location, the station would, on the evening of July 3, 1975, broadcast live coverage of the fiery destruction of the Poland Spring House.
(Pamphlet, Poland Spring, 1917)
1980...Saul Feldman renovated the last of the original Ricker buildings, the Riccar Inn,
for the use of guests. The first-floor ballroom was closed in creating many rooms and
suites, some with grand fireplaces. WMTW-TV continued to lease the the basement and back
wing of the building. The Poland Spring Post Office also leased a room in the building's
(Poland Bicentennial, 1795-1995)
"In 1979 we turned the 100
small rooms into 38 rooms of varying size and shape. We also added a private
bathroom to every room. . .We still needed a theme. . .and then it struck us. . .38 rooms.
. .38 presidents of the United States. The Riccar Inn became the Presidential Inn.
We decided that each of the rooms would not only be named after a president but
decorated with his portrait, highlights of his career, pictures of his family, important
documents, campaign posters, etc."
"Mel Robbins leased the Riccar Inn from Feldman, renaming it the Presidential Inn. With steadily increasing profits, Robbins was able to purchase the buildings and land from Saul Feldman in 1982."
(Poland Bicentennial, 1795-1995) The Riccar Inn is now operated as part of The Inns at Poland Spring.