Manufacturers: Maddock Pottery and Syracuse China
User: Hotel Plaza – Detroit, Michigan
Date of examples: circa 1912 – 1924
Notes: The nine-story Hotel Plaza, on the corner of John R Street and Madison Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, opened around 1912. It is listed in the 1923 Hotel Red Book as having 85 rooms. When it opened it operated on the American Plan and advertised "Known for its Splendid Cuisine and Good Service." It is listed in the 1930 Hotel Red Book, but not in 1931. By 2022, the site was being used as a parking lot.
Maddock produced Lamberton China with a green crest that has a rampant lion to the left of a scroll frame containing an Old English-style upper case "P." "HOTEL PLAZA" and "DETROIT" are below. The green transfer border contains acanthus scrolls and flowers.
A 1913 Syracuse China sample plate contains this Plaza crest. Proof that Syracuse produced this china. On the sample plate the name has been cut from the lion section and placed on another part of the plate, but when reconnected it is the same crest.
Detroit's Historic Hotels and Restaurants, Patricia Ibbotson – Arcadia Postcard History Series, page 43
1915 Hotel Red Book – advertisement
Author and photos: Larry Paul