Manufacturer: John Maddock & Sons (England), Scammell China, Sterling China
User/Pattern: Essex & Sussex Hotel
Date: John Maddock & Sons, England, 1917; Scammell, 1928-30; Sterling, 1954 – 1970s
Notes: Built in 1914 at a cost of $500,000, the Essex and Sussex Hotel located in Spring Lake Beach, New Jersey was designed by Guy King & Co. in the Colonial Revival style. Two existing "stately cottages" – one cottage renamed Essex, the other renamed Sussex – were moved to the north side of Essex Avenue and became part of this grand hotel design.
Sometimes referred to simply as the E&S, the hotel was a popular, seasonal hotel in the summer months, offering majestic views from its massive-columned-porch and direct access to a private beach. The hotel also had an elaborately furnished lobby, dining room, grand ball room, cocktail lounge, as well as a large swimming pool and a courtyard with rose-covered pergolas.
Luring the wealthy New York and Philadelphia summer vacationers, the Essex & Sussex Hotel endured as a popular resort into the 1940s. The hotel closed in the mid-1980s and the property remained vacant for the next 17 years – decaying while the courts decided on subsequent bankruptcy and other legal issues in the years following its closure.
The Applied Development Company (Hoboken, NJ) purchased the property in 1993 from NatWest Bank, but fought legal zoning battles for seven years, before completing its $16 million restoration and conversion of the property to an upscale senior residence community in 2002. The Essex and Sussex property remains an age-restricted residence for those 62-years or older in 2020.
Spring Lake: Images of America, Patricia Florio Colrick, Arcadia Publishing 1998, pp. 25-30
The New York Times, "In the Region/New Jersey: Once-Grand Hotel to Be Luxury Rentals for Seniors," Rachelle Garbarine, April 28, 2002
Larry Paul's 20th Century Hotel Research Database
The china, regardless of slight variations, has a custom topmark logo of an intertwined "E & S" set within a green wreath, accented by red roses and a red ribbon beneath.
ID contributed by apPaul, jerseygirl, Leontiev
Photos contributed by apPaul, jerseygirl, CarolCardona