The Hastings Hotel was built in 1916 on the Boardwalk between 2nd and 3rd streets by its namesake Josephine Hastings. It was purchased by Willye Conner Ludlam in the mid-1920s who built the Miramar next door and connected it to the Hastings.
The Hastings-Miramar was later managed by Mrs. Ludlam’s daughter-in-law Thelma Conner, who became the first woman to serve on the City Council. She built the Dunes Manor Hotel in 1987.
The Hastings-Miramar was torn down in 1975 and the site became a parking lot for several years. In 2000, the Park Place Hotel was built at that location.
Postcard courtesy of Bill and Kitt Matthews
The Sinepxuent Bay Bridge (now known as the Harry Kelley Memorial Bridge or more commonly the Route 50 Bridge) was under construction in this 1942 photo. This bridge replaced the original single lane automobile bridge, which had been built in 1916 and entered town at Worcester Street. Construction began in 1940 and was completed by the Spring of 1942 — … Continue reading
St. Rose’s Summer Home for Orphans was built by the Sisters of Charity of Washington, DC in 1898. It was far outside of city limits at the time (Ocean City ended at 7th Street in that era) and the road to 14th Street was unpaved. Supplies were delivered by ox cart and horse drawn wagon and it would be over … Continue reading
Eight blocks of Boardwalk from N. Division to 1st streets were rebuilt in concrete and widened by 10 feet between January and April in 1955. The Mayor and Council had decided to replace the wood with concrete due to maintenance costs. The George Bert Cropper Company did the work for $43,819 and used some of the timber salvaged to widen … Continue reading
This postcard image (circa 1909) shows an Ocean City of the time before paved streets and traffic jams. Photographed from the old water tower on Somerset Street the view looks east across Baltimore Avenue toward the ocean. The tall brick chimney in the foreground was part of the town’s electric power plant while the original Atlantic Hotel took up the … Continue reading
The Hurricane of 1933 created the Ocean City Inlet and separated the town from Assateague forever. Following the storm, the South Point Ferry was the only way for automobiles to reach Assateague Island and since the ferry could only carry a maximum of three cars, there was very little traffic. Assateague became a place for sportsmen to hunt and fish … Continue reading
The Gordy Hall Motel Apartments were located on the bayside at 45th Street and Beach Highway from 1949 to the early 1970s. They took their name from owners Harold and Betty Gordy and Robert and Peg Hall and were known for their relaxed atmosphere and hospitality. The center building had been the old Brass Rail bar of World War II … Continue reading
Ocean City has always been a place where people treasure their vacation memories. Before they opened their famous Mario’s Restaurant on Philadelphia Ave. (1954-2005), Vera and Jack Maiorana ran a photography studio on the Boardwalk. Located south of Dolle’s Candyland and next to Grace Lovell’s “Grace’s Jewelry and Gifts,” it was a popular place. Pictured is Grace and Mitch Lovell … Continue reading
Willye Conner Ludlam built the Santa Maria Motel on the Boardwalk and 15th Street in 1956. It was one of the first masonry buildings on the Boardwalk and one of the first motels on what would become known as “Motel Row”. The Santa Maria epitomized what motels of the post-World War II era had to offer with a swimming pool, … Continue reading
Ocean City was fortunate to escape widespread damage during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. One of the short-term effects of the storm was a small beach that formed at the Inlet behind the north jetty a few weeks afterwards. Promptly dubbed “South Beach” or “Baby Beach” by locals and the media, this photo was taken at its peak on Nov. … Continue reading