Manufacturer: Syracuse China
User: Planters House Hotel – St. Louis, Missouri
Date of plate: 1894 – 1922
Notes: In wading through the history of these three hotel buildings, the actual name of the hotels changes by account and location within St. Louis from Planters House, to Planters Hotel, to Planters House Hotel. For continuity – and we think accuracy – we're referring to all three as Planters House Hotel.
This plate would have been used at the third incarnation of the Planters House Hotel built in St. Louis, Missouri. The first Planters House Hotel opened at 4th and Chestnut in 1817, the second hotel was located at 4th and Pine, 1837-1891.
The third, 400-room, 10-story Planters House Hotel was built in 1894. This hotel closed in 1922, was converted to office space and later renamed the Cotton Belt Building in 1930. It was headquarters for the Cotton Belt RR until the mid-1950s. It was razed in 1976.
Click here for more Planters Hotel history by David A. Lossos.
It is interesting to note that the Wikipedia article on the Planters House Hotel states that both Planters Punch and the Tom Collins cocktails were invented at the hotel's bars – Planters Punch at the hotel's second incarnation and Tom Collins at the third. Wikipedia states: "the Tom Collins was created by bartender Charles Dietrich. The lime, lemon, and gin drink was named after a regular and favored customer." However, the claim about Tom Collins' origins is disputed by other experts.
White body plate with Syracuse China's #3100 Mackinac pattern around the rim. This blue-green pattern consists of entwined laurel leaves and small flowers winding completely around the rim. In the center of the well is the logo, which consists of the words "PlantersHotel Co." in the same blue-green block letters over two circular objects with wording that is difficult to read in this example.
Plate photos: Shelly Payne
Pattern ID: Larry Paul
Author: Ed Phillips