Manufacturer: Syracuse China
User: Hotel Touraine – Boston, Massachusetts
Date of examples: circa 1927 – 1950
Notes: The ten-story building on the corner of Boylston and Tremont Streets in Boston, Massachusetts, opened September 8, 1897, as the Hotel Touraine. It was built for, and operated by, Joseph Reed Whipple. The Whipple Company also operated the Parker House and Young's Hotel. The Touraine contained three dining rooms including the German Room, in the basement. There was also a dining room for children and their nannies. The Touraine closed in 1966, and was converted into apartments. In 2022, the apartments operated under the name, "62 ON THE PARK."
Syracuse produced china with a decal crest that features the fluer de lis shield and crown logo on a scroll-bordered green background. The green acanthus border ornament scrolls are outlined in brown. This pattern is shown in the Syracuse pattern sample book as "Underglaze-52403". Toast covers and rectangular dishes are part of this china service. Early photographs of the German Room show china on the tables that could be this pattern.
Washington DC Evening Star, September 8, 1897 – hotel opening
Boston Daily Globe, September 8, 1897 – opening and information
Author and photos: Larry Paul