|The Metropolitan Hotel, though gone from Atlantic City since the early 1900s, has a lasting legacy in the city in the form of Metropolitan Avenue. The small sidestreet running from the Boardwalk to just past Pacific Avenue is located near the site of the Metropolitan, which was at 438 Atlantic Avenue. Due to its proximity, it lent the street the name it still bears today. Similar practices are evident in Chalfonte and Haddon Avenues, which still exist in Atlantic City despite the Chalfonte-Haddon Hall name being long gone. The Metropolitan Hotel originally opened as the small Cottage Retreat in 1854, the same year that Atlantic City was first incorporated. It was enlarged and rechristened Metropolitan sometime before 1882. After the building was torn down in 1913, the Massachusetts Avenue School was built on the site.|
For more information, see these resources in the Atlantic City Free Public Library, Atlantic City Heritage Collections:
Local History Subject Files – Hotels
| This 1889 picture of Atlantic City includes only of the only images of the Metropolitan Hotel. It is the white L-shaped building at center left, next to the Albion Hotel.
From the Atlantic City Heritage Collections, H084.Souvenir003.
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