Pictures coming soon.
Photographed July 2017.
Craven’s Motel was demolished soon after I had the opportunity to photograph it. It was located on Route 40 (Winthrop Street) on the west side of Taunton, MA.
Craven’s Motel was owned and operated by Laurentina Vieira-Craven, first with her husband Manuel Craven, and then on her own for decades following his death in 1956. She was a well-respected member of the community until she passed away at age 97 in 2010. I don’t know of any crazy history about the place, except following its closure and Mrs. Craven’s death, a fire occurred, with damage still visible when I visited. It was suspected arson, but I cannot find a resolution to the case.
The site was fairly small and, as you can see from the pictures, consisted of three small buildings. The building on the far left had been converted into a small apartment, where Mrs. Craven employed a live-in handyman to assist her in her later years. The other two buildings were identical and each contained two units, each consisting of a single room and bathroom.
The property was purchased by Hawthorne Development and the site has since been demolished. I photographed the property with their permission.
I also did a blog post about this shoot, which you can read here.