Manufacturer: McNicol China
User: Hotel Walton – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of plate: circa 1936 – 1946
Notes: The Hotel Walton, on the southeast corner of Broad and Locust Streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, opened February 12, 1896. The new ten-story hotel section incorporated the older nine-story Hotel Metropole that adjoined it. The Walton contained 400 rooms and 200 baths. The ladies' dining room was on the corner of the first floor, with the Palm Cafe adjacent to it. The Turkish Room was to the left of the lobby staircase. A gentlemen's cafe was in the former Metropole dining room space. The American plan dining room and a banquet room were on the tenth floor.
In June 1946 the Walton closed because it did not comply with fire safety standards. After safety improvements were completed, the hotel reopened as the John Bartram. The Bartram is listed in the 1962 Hotel Red Book with 350 rooms. It is not listed in 1963. The building was torn down around 1966.
Around 1938, Jack Lynch, a Philadelphia night club host, moved from the Adelphia Hotel into new quarters atop the Walton Hotel. Renovations to the former American plan dining room included three sets of new six-section windows below the mansard roof. A street-level entrance with marque replaced the former ladies entrance to the Walton. The 1938-night club season opened in September with a show that headlined Sophie Tucker. Supper platters and a la carte meal choices were served.
Scammell made a china service on Lenape base that is crested "Jack Lynch" in green script lettering. A green line is at the verge.
Author and photos: Larry Paul