Queen of Atlantic City

Heidi Winzinger
Heidi Winzinger


The Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel was a historic resort hotel property in Atlantic City, New Jersey, built in 1905-1906, demolished in 1979. In 1903, Josiah White III bought a parcel of land near Ohio Avenue and the Boardwalk, and built the Queen Anne style Marlborough House. The hotel was financially successful and, in 1905, he chose to expand. White hired Philadelphia architect Will Price of Price and McLanahan, to design a new, separate tower called the Blenheim. Recent hotel fires in and around Atlantic City, Price's recent experience of designing the all-concrete Jacob Reed store in Philadelphia, and a steel strike in the fall of 1905 influenced the choice of reinforced concrete. It wasn't the first reinforced concrete hotel in the world, since French concrete pioneer François Hennebique had designed the Imperial Palace Hotel in Nice five years previously. But it was the largest reinforced concrete building in the world[1]. The hotel’s Spanish and Moorish themes, capped off with its signature dome and chimneys, represented a step forward from other hotels that had a classically designed influence. Bally's Atlantic City was later constructed at this location. Heidi's mother is the demolition contractor who imploded the hotel. Her family lived in it while it was being prepped. A sad business sometimes when wonderful old structures are thrown away too readily. Heidi always thought of the hotel as a Queen tangled in the chains of her fate.


They watched as she arrived The lady in white Every man wanted her The first of her kind And the King, kept her for his own Hand in hand, they ruled his seaside thrown She was the Queen of Atlantic City She was made of concrete and steel And they worshiped her And they worshiped her But the King disenchanted Became restless Blinded by the lies of A sparkling Princess Twisted truths, faithless friends Black fate sealed, with a stroke of her King’s pen bridge: Silence fell over the square As they laid her down And with one swift strike They watched her fall Repeat Chorus
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