- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

RYE, N.H. (AP) - The U.S. Department of the Interior has listed New Hampshire’s Beach Club of Rye Beach on the National Register of Historic Places.

The club has counted governors, industrialists and business leaders as members since it began in 1925. The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources says it’s the only private recreational facility of its kind on the state’s coast and is unchanged from its earliest days.

Charles Studebaker, a summer resident and member of the Studebaker automobile family, persuaded General Electric to install its then-new underwater pool-lighting system in the club’s 1929 saltwater pool.

The club’s oldest building, a stone and wood-framed clubhouse, dates to the 1880s.

A listing on the National Register identifies cultural resources worthy of preservation.

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