Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

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The Shoreham Hotel on the corner of 4th Street and the Boardwalk was built in 1922. At the time of its construction, it was the tallest building in Ocean City and remained so until surpassed by the George Washington Hotel on 10th Street in 1931.

The Shoreham was similar to the other Boardwalk hotels of that era with a big front porch where its guests enjoyed the ocean breezes. The hotel prided itself on its dining room and guests dressed up for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu was extensive and meals were a social occasion. There was no swimming pool, and, of course, no television or air conditioning in the 1920s.

The Shoreham has been modernized and still exists (minus the two-story balcony). Today it’s home to the popular Shenanigan’s Irish Pub and Grill.

Postcard photo courtesy of Clifford Dypsky

 

Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

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