The Jefferson Hotel opened in 1927 at 138 S. Kentucky Avenue. In later years, the address was changed to 136 S. Kentucky. The hotel was often popular with vacationers from Pennsylvania, and it was reported by those associated with the hotel that Stevie Wonder performed there in 1962, while still under the name of Little Stevie Wonder. While the hotels around it disappeared with the dawning of the casino age, the Jefferson hung on. In 1986 it was advertising itself as “The New Jefferson Hotel,” however, by the next year it had disappeared from city directories and instead became office space for the neighboring Sands Casino’s corporate division. When the Sands was bought out by Pinnacle Entertainment, it and several neighboring buildings were demolished in order to make way for a new megaresort. The Jefferson finally met the wrecking ball in 2007, though Pinnacle’s new casino project never came to fruition.  H084.Jefferson001 

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

Local History Subject Files - Hotels

 A postcard advertising the Jefferson Hotel and its various facilities from 1952.
From the Atlantic City Heritage Collections, H084.Jefferson001.

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