Traymore Hotel

The Traymore Hotel once stood in Atlantic City at Illinois Avenue. It was designed by architects Price & McLanahan of Philadelphia, who also designed the Marlborough-Blenheim in later years. Just like the other hotels that once glorified Atlantic City, the Traymore was nothing short of magnificent.

“The carriage entrance on Illinois Avenue gives access to a large entrance lobby, whence a triple motive stairway, oval in plan, leads to the main exchange or Grand Promenade, as it is usually called. This is the most important room of the hotel, containing the office and giving access to most of the public rooms. It is sumptuously decorated, but without falling into the excess that that is so frequent in both American and foreign hotels.

The floor of the Grand Promenade is of a veined white Vermont marble, laid in squares, with inlays of gray Knoxville and Vermont Verde Antique marble, the latter being a very dark green in color. The rail of the oval stairway is of a marble called Westland Paonazza, but which resembles rather a light Cippolino, white with light greenish veins. In the column bases the Verde Antique is again used, together with Royal Antique, a white marble with heavy black veins, the latter material being stained to a soft yellow tone. The walls and columns are plastered with a cream tone, the ceiling white plaster, with touches of yellow and gold in the inverted lighting fixtures. The caps of the columns are gilded, their sunk panels being black, to give greater relief to the leaf ornaments.”

I love how the above passage from an old issue of Architectural Forum says the hotel is not decorated in excess, yet the Grand Promenade is practically solid marble! The postcard below shows the New Traymore Hotel and Boardwalk, and was postmarked in the 1920’s. This was after the hotel, originally built in 1879 as a small boarding house, had been expanded starting in 1914.

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