From mansion to office building

From majestic Kitson House to modern Kitson building

The old Victorian home that once stood at 745 Main St. in downtown Stroudsburg had had its share of identities — the mansion of a wealthy family, a diner, Mexican restaurant and a nightclub — before being demolished. Although the exact date of construction of the building is not documented, it is known that the house was built during 1800s, according to a 2006 Pocono Record article.

Referred to as the Kitson House, it was the home of manufacturer and financier Thomas K. Kitson and his family. Kistson died in 1920.

Colonial Diner on Main Street, Stroudsburg, shown in 1985, when the restaurant was listed for sale. (Pocono Record file photo)

In 1938, the facade changed drastically with the installation of an addition – a diner – to the front of the house. Known as the Colonial Diner, the restaurant flourished for years as a downtown attraction and meeting place.

The Colonial was sold in the mid-1980s, and reopened as Charlie’s ’50s in March 1986. Soon after, Marita’s Cantina, a Mexican restaurant, opened in the old section of the majestic house/diner building which once housed Athens By Night.

Charlie's with the old Kitson House towering behind. (Pocono Record file photo)




By mid-1988, the diner had become a nightclub-style business. In September of that year, the club and cantina were put up for sale.

New owners took over the business in the late 1980s, keeping the ’50s nightclub idea intact.

Just a few years later, plans were announced to abandon the ’50s-style nightclub. The new venture was called Hoola-Hoop, featuring a dance-club theme. The Hoola-Hoop eventually phased into The Hoop, closing in 2005.

Hoola-Hoop was an adult nostalgia nightclub on Main Street. (Pocono Record file photo)

In 2006, the odd combination of Victorian House and diner was demolished, making way for a new three-story brick “Kitson” building.

Marita’s and Starbucks opened in the new building in 2007.


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