Manufacturer: Scammell China Company
User: Adolphus Hotel – Dallas, Texas
Date of service plate: circa 1926?
Notes: Located at 1321 Commerce St., near Downtown Dallas, Texas, the Adolphus Hotel originally opened in 1912. A 12-story addition was completed in 1917. On April 11, 1926, a 22-story, 325-room addition opened. It was probably in connection with this latter addition that Scammell produced this service plate with a full cobalt blue border, flanked by coin gold lines. The center of the well contains a multi-color decal of the Adolphus Hotel crest.
The Adolphus is named for its owner, Adolphus Busch, who was the 19th- and 20th-century beer baron from St. Louis Anheuser-Busch Brewery.
When the hotel was opened, Busch decided to bring the excitement, wealth and glamor of the early Jazz Age to Texas. In 1915, the hotel had 300 rooms. In 1925, the hotel was a 17-story, 525-room building that advertised a 200-stool lunchroom. By 1926, when the annex was added, that brought the room count to 825.
As of 2021, the hotel had been completely restored and was still in operation. Website: Adolphus Hotel.
San Saba News, April 15, 1926, P 1
Clifton (Texas) Record, April 9, 1926, P4
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Adolphus Hotel by Syracuse China
ID and Author: Larry Paul