The “Notorious Whitfield Hotel” is now gone, demolished, and foundation work has begun at the site in preparation for some single family houses.
But the Whitfield Hotel story is not over. What exactly is going on over there now? What does that excavation tell us? Stay tuned for “The Case of the Notorious Whitfield Hotel.”
Meanwhile, it is interesting to review the history of why that hotel was torn down. Our story about that is now reblogged, from 2013.
Click on the word “Blogfinger” below. And listen to Elvis for something nostalgic:
By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger
What happens when a property in Ocean Grove gets “tired beyond it’s useful life?” And how about when a property that has housed citizens of Ocean Grove for over 134 years has “outlived its economic usefulness and no longer has any historic or architectural significance?” And what about when it “contributes nothing to the historic district; has no style; is a nightmare to maintain; is broken down with sagging buckling floors and water damage; and when it has significant structural problems?”
Well, all that and more was said last night at a special Historic Preservation Commission demolition hearing regarding 18-20 Surf Avenue, aka the Whitfield Hotel, located at Surf Ave., Beach Ave.,Bath Ave., and Lonely Street.
The old 54 room hotel was diagnosed by experts as being “a very large box with…
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