Raphael Hotel 2

Manufacturer: Syracuse China
Pattern name: Purta Coujeen
User: Raphael Hotel
Date: 1928
Notes: The ID of this hotel is based primarily on photos of silver from the 1920s with the same mosque/palm tree motif as on this plate (see below).

The Raphael Hotel was located at 201 E. Delaware Pl., in downtown Chicago, Ill. Skyscraperpage.com lists it as being designed by architects Fugard & Knapp, having 16 floors, with completion in 1926. It is now (2012) the Raffaello. Emporis.com confirms this information and describes the building design as Renaissance Revival.

The plate seems to have a Moorish or Middle Eastern design with mosque and palm tree on the border, surrounded by diamond tiles in dark red, dark blue and dark gold and black.

The backstamp is marked “Purta Coujeen, design copyrighted.” It is believed that the tile border is the Purta Coujeen pattern, independent of the mosque and palm tree motif. (Purta Coujeen was the first wife of Ghengis Khan.)

For more info:
Raphael Hotel by Syracuse China
Purta Coujeen by Syracuse China

Hotel ID contributed by floralady
China photos and pattern ID contributed by dbstoneware

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