Manufacturer: Warwick China
User: Monticello Hotel
Distributor: Albert Pick & Company, Chicago
Date of platter: 1912 – circa 1920
Notes: The Monticello Hotel was located on the corner of City Hall Avenue and Granby Street in Norfolk, Virginia. The six-story, 200-room hotel was designed by Carpenter and Peebles. Construction started in 1896 and the hotel originally opened September 27, 1898.
On New Year's Day 1918, the Monticello and nearby buildings burned. It is said the fire was started by foreign agents.
"The Monticello Hotel, which opened at the corner of City Hall Avenue and Granby Street on September 27, 1898, was the largest and finest hotel in Norfolk for over 60 years. The hotel suffered a devastating fire on January 1, 1918. When it reopened March 8, 1919, two additional floors had been added, including a large dining room and horseshoe-shaped ballroom known in later years as the Starlight Room."
The hotel closed in 1970, and was the first building in Norfolk to be imploded on January 25, 1976.
Historical Marker Database: Monticello Hotel, 1898
Larry Paul's 20th Century Hotel Research Database
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