Manufacturer: Syracuse China
User: The Illini Hotel
Date of plate: February 1911
Notes: The 65-room Illini Hotel was built in 1909 at 229 Market Street in Alton, Illinois. It was foreclosed upon and sold in 1914, but in 1924, the hotel was sold at auction again and reappeared in the Alton City Directory as the Stratford in 1925. In 1963, it became the Stratford Motor Hotel and it was added to the National Register in 2000.
In 1912, the general manager adopted this advertising slogan: "The Illini Hotel of Alton, the hotel that makes St. Louis jealous." (Information courtesy of Hayner Public Library District)
Art Nouveau ornaments around the rim, Native-American Chief in the center, followed by The Illini.
Photos and ID courtesy of dbstoneware