Manufacturer: Syracuse China
User: Washington National Airport – Terrace Dining Room
Date of plate: 1941
Notes: Construction began in 1940-41 on Washington National Airport, located south of Washington in Arlington, Va. The airport was renamed in 1998 as Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Ethel Pilson Warren was the interior designer for the airport. The airport dining room, located on the second floor, "was a popular destination for Washingtonians in search of fine dining," according to the 1997 registration form with the National Register of Historic Places for the Airport Terminal and South Hangar Line. "The original room was a masterpiece of coordinated design; from the wallpaper to the flooring, to the cutlery and china. The terrazzo floor was designed of columbine-blue marble with inlaid star motifs. … The original Dining Room interior decoration was the work of Ethel Pilson Warren. And, although more lavish than most other spaces in the Terminal, it was consistent with her design philosophy – that furniture should serve only to complement architecture."
The stylized left-facing eagle on the service plate seems to be shown in the table settings in the postcard below from the Terrace Dining Room.
ID and china photos contributed by kathleen
Postcard photo contributed by cardcow.com