Today's Sepia Saturday Suggestion seems to center on city streets and buildings. It is a quartet of photographs depicting some of the urban area in the town of Smithton in "far north-western Tasmania."
Well, since we already did a Sepia Saturday page of city streets back in January of 2013, lets concentrate this time on the portion of the quartet that is labeled "Mrs. Morton's Private Hotel."
A while back I became interested in a small print that had the words
"Hotel Traymore - Atlantic City"
written on the front.
This tiny print was found in a small shop in Fort Smith, Arkansas. I always enjoy researching the captions and identifications found on some of the rescued photographs in LOST GALLERY. This one led me on a curious trail.
The Hotel Traymore of Atlantic City, New Jersey, began as a boarding house in 1879. It was rebuilt more than once and expanded. At its peak it could accommodate as many as 1500 guests.
The Traymore featured four faucets in every bathtub: hot and cold city water, hot and cold ocean water. There was a fifth faucet in the sink for ice water.
Unfortunately, the hotel exists today only in poorly tinted post card views and a scant few amateur snapshots. There are several post cards depicting the Hotel over on Flickr.
Kind Flikrite riptheskull has made this post card available through Creative Commons License. I present this one here to give an idea of what the Hotel Traymore looked like in its heyday.
Here is a Gallery of photographs of the Hotel Traymore.
After a few prosperous decades, it deteriorated from the 1950’s and in April, 1972 it was imploded.
To this day, it remains the largest single implosion on record according to the Guinness Book of such things.
All that remains to this day is a large empty lot. (It can be seen in GoogleEarth. 39 21 32 41 N 74 25 50 92 W)
I have no actual facts to support this but this is my theory:
Building Codes. Today's building regulations are far different from the regulations in effect in 1915. Many building materials that were standard back then, today are forbidden: Iron drain Pipes, lead water pipes, and that old nemesis, asbestos. Any remodeling would have to include bringing things "up to code." The Hotel Settles (see photograph below) cost a reported 30 million dollars to restore only 68 rooms of it's original 150. The cost of restoring 1500 rooms stuns the imagination. But, why has the lot been sitting empty for all this time?
In 2006, (34 years later) Pinnacle Entertainment announced that it purchased the Traymore site and the adjacent Sands Atlantic City casino hotel. Pinnacle demolished the Sands and planned to develop a new casino on the combined land. Harsh economic times later caused Pinnacle to delay construction of the new resort. In February 2010, the company announced that it had canceled its construction plans and would instead seek to sell the huge parcel of prime real estate.
I have seen a few vacant hotels in a lot of places. The Hotel Clovis in Clovis, New Mexico and the Baker in Mineral Wells and the Settles in Big Spring, Texas come to mind. These are in relatively small towns, out in the Great Southwestern Plains, devastated by the loss of passenger train travel. Their demise is easier to understand.
But the Traymore accommodated up to 1500 guests! All three of the hotels, The Clovis, The Settles and The Baker, COMBINED didn't have that capacity! The Traymore was on the Jersey Shore; Beach Front! And what a historical building! Why did it close?
After some 30 million dollars spent in restoration,the Hotel Settles REOPENED on December 30, 2012, after more than three decades of sitting empty.
Hotel Clovis, Clovis New Mexico
The Hotel Clovis is a high-rise building in Clovis, New Mexico, United States. It originally opened on October 20, 1931 as a hotel. When it was built, at 119 feet (36 m) and 10 stories high, it was the tallest building between Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Dallas, Texas. Hotel Clovis was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
Although vacant since 1983, Developer Stephen Crozier has launched an extensive renovation of the 10-story Clovis Hotel. Crozier has announced that he would like to build 31 loft-style apartments in the Art Deco building, as well as creating some 8,000 square feet of commercial space. The developer also wants to build two separate structures that will house an additional 59 units. Groundbreaking started September 30, 2011 and a yearlong construction project is to become the Hotel Clovis Lofts.
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