Manufacturer: Syracuse China
User: Syracuse Hotel
Date of plate: 1948
Notes: The Syracuse Hotel, at 500 S. Warren Street in Syracuse, N.Y., has 12 floors and opened with 600 rooms in 1924. It eventually became known as the Hotel Syracuse Radisson Plaza and closed in 2004. It was scheduled for renovation and may have reopened for a time but does not appear to be in business in 2011.
As of 2015, according to Syracuse.com, plans were under way for the hotel to reopen "in 2016 after a $57 million renovation" as the Marriott Downtown Syracuse, and indeed, as of 2023 the renovated hotel is open: Marriott Downtown Syracuse.
This pattern has been identified by Bill Calnan, a former Syracuse China historian, as well as by historian Larry Paul, as having been made exclusively for the Syracuse Hotel. The pattern can also be seen in the Syracuse catalog, Seventy-five Years of American Craftsmanship, and it is located on page 298 of a binder of underglazed Syracuse China patterns (see above).
A water lily – or lotus – is in the center of the plate surrounded by a wide burgundy or dark red band on the border and with a thin non-metallic gold line next to it on the rim.
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Photos contributed by Susan Phillips