Manufacturer: Fraunfelter China
User: Hotel Buckminster – Spanish Room – Boston
Distributer: Lynde Sanger & Co. – Boston
Date of service plate: circa 1924 – 1939
Notes: According to Wikipedia: "Hotel Buckminster [which was] briefly Hotel St. George, was a historic hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. It was located on the triangular intersection of Beacon Street and Brookline Avenue in Kenmore Square. Along with the Hotel Commonwealth, it was one of two hotels located within one block of Fenway Park, the oldest baseball stadium in the nation and home to the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball.
"The hotel, built in 1897, was one of the first hotels in Boston and the largest building in Kenmore Square. The Buckminster was the site where the infamous 1919 Black Sox scandal was hatched."
The Spanish Room at the Hotel Buckminster was a dining room at the hotel during the 1920s and 1930s. When it closed is not known.
The Hotel Buckminster closed on March 20, 2020, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and a few months later, the hotel's managers decided the Kenmore Square landmark would not reopen.
According to a November 3, 2021, news report by CBS Boston, the hotel was sold to a California-based lab developer and is set to be renovated and become lab space in a life science building complex.
White body china with a fairly wide orange band, outlined by black pinstripes, in the center of the rim. The well of the plate is filled with a drawing of a Flamenco dancer in a matching orange sleeveless dress with ruffles outlined in black. The black-haired dancer is leaning back slightly and is holding a fan in her right hand. Underneath the dancer is an orange ribbon with the following words in black block letters: "Hotel" "Spanish Room" "Buckminster."
Service plate photos and Spanish Room postcard: Kathleen Perrin
Author: Ed Phillips