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The Old Neighborhood: 1904

The Old Neighborhood: 1904

Circa 1904. "Pennsylvania Avenue, Atlantic City, New Jersey." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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The 100 Block of Pennsylvania Avenue

As recently as 1981 the NY Times described the Holmhurst Hotel as one the architectural gems worth seeing in Atlantic City:

        The largest extant frame hotel in Atlantic City -- the Holmhurst, at 121 Pennsylvania Avenue -- is one of the few architectural links with the 19th century along the Boardwalk. The five-story clapboard structure has a two-story porch along its front and two-story oriel windows at the end of the central section and at the outside corners of the end pavilions.

        The interior, stark and simpler than most, is characterized by shallow arches, a wide staircase and rooms with their original frame doors topped by transoms.

Unfortunately, the whole area today is naught but boring building blocks and parking structures:

Quite the Monopoly

-- on a complete change for modern visitors. Nothing left of this view landward from near the famed Boardwalk up Pennsylvania Avenue to the intersection with Pacific and beyond. There is still a church at the corner but it's a newer build. The once genteel neighborhood of homes, boarding houses and hotels disappeared and what's left is a canyon between self-parking structures for the casinos.

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