Congress Hall was erected in 1855 at Massachusetts and Pacific Avenues. Its builder and first proprietor was Thomas Garrett, a Tax Collector who also served as Atlantic City’s Mayor for one year. Unsatisfied with the hotel’s lack of profit, he soon sold it to George W. Hinkle. Hinkle extended the property further along Pacific Avenue, to what was then called Congress Alley. Under his ownership, the hotel was described as “one of the most popular houses in the city,” flourishing, curiously, as a “center of fashion during the summer months.” As newer hotels were built in Atlantic City, closer to the popular Boardwalk and with modern accommodations like private baths and electricity, Congress Hall’s business dwindled. In 1898, the building was removed from the site and its land sold off in plots.   H.Bk.974.985Eng.160

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

Local History Subject Files – Hotels
“Annals of Absegami, Vol. 2” Heston Coll. 974.984Hes

 A lithograph depiction of Congress Hall, undated.
From the Atlantic City Heritage Collections, H.Bk.974.985Eng.160.



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