The Iroquois, which stood at 166 S. South Carolina Avenue, first opened as a wooden building in 1905. It enjoyed enough success to warrant a $300,000 addition in 1925. The architect of the new addition, W.M. Stanton, sought to give the Iroquois “the prettiest exchange of its size in the city.” The 1925 addition was also unique in that it added a medical hydrotherapy wing. The first of its kind in Atlantic City, the Iroquois’s medical wing also included something called “chlorin baths,” which were promoted in a press article as “the latest method of treating colds.” It is unknown whether these were simply bathtubs with chlorinated water, or a more frightful early-20th century medical treatment. Unfortunately, the Iroquois was gutted by a fire only three years after the new addition opened. In 1935, the building was combined with its next door neighbor, the Hotel Ludy, to form a new resort, the Hotel Senator. The Ludy, so named because of its former owner Dr. Ludy, was an impressive structure designed by noted local architect Vivian Smith. In the 1950s, the 16-story Senator complex became home to the WLDB radio station, owned by Leroy and Dorothy Bremmer. In 1957, local radio personality “Pinky” Kravitz had his first-ever broadcast on WLDB. (The station later broadcast from the Penn-Atlantic Hotel.) The Senator Hotel continued to operate until 1967, when it was converted into a nursing home known as the King David Care Center. At one time, it was the only facility in the city admitting AIDS patients. The building stood until 1998, when it was imploded in order to build an expansion for the nearby Resorts Casino. H084.Iroquois001 
 H084.Senator001  A 1913 postcard illustration of the Hotel Iroquois.
From the Atlantic City Heritage Collections, H084.Iroquois001.
 

 

The Senator Hotel is seen towering over the Boardwalk in this 1945 postcard image.
From the Atlantic City Heritage Collections, H084.Senator001.
 

 

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

Local History Subject Files – Hotels
Hotel Brochures – Heston Coll. 647.94
City Directories

Press of Atlantic City
, articles dating from November 19, 1995; June 10, 1998; and November 21, 2013.
“Book of the Boardwalk,” Heston Coll. 974.985But

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