The Hotel Agnew, at 3311 Boardwalk, was completed in 1902. A wood-frame hotel, the building was already somewhat anachronistic in that other hotels throughout the city were starting to renovate by adding fireproof additions, or completely redesigning their entire structures in brick. The Agnew, however, was one of the few hotels to never rebuild in brick, and was eventually one of the last wooden hotels remaining on the Boardwalk. Later, the hotel name was changed twice, to the Esplanade, and then to the Ostend. It began operating as a Kosher establishment, serving meals that followed strict Orthodox guidelines. In 1954, the wooden structure that made the hotel so unique finally became its demise, as it succumbed to fire. A decade later, the owners of the Strand Hotel on Virginia Avenue, who had also been victims of a fire at their property, opened a new Strand Motel just across the street from the Agnew site, at 3400 Pacific Avenue. Both plots would become the site of the Golden Nugget Casino in 1980. The Golden Nugget, which later became the Hilton, and then the Atlantic Club, closed in 2014.  H084.Ostend001
 H084.StrandMotel001  An undated postcard showing the Ostend Hotel.
From the Atlantic City Heritage Collections, H084.Ostend001.
  The Strand Motel in a 1960 postcard.
From the Atlantic City Heritage Collections, , H084.StrandMotel001.

For more information, see these resources in the Atlantic City Free Public Library, Atlantic City Heritage Collections:

City Directories
H050 Postcard Collections


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