|Galen Hall, at Connecticut and Pacific Avenues, first opened in 1896. Like many other hotels in the early days of Atlantic City, Galen Hall sang the praises of the city as a health resort, even going as far as billing themselves as “Galen Hall Sanatorium and Hotel” in 1905. The hotel offered many special accommodations for guests with delicate health, including hydraulic elevators, dietary accommodations, salt water baths, massages, and a steam-heated solarium on the top floor. Some of the medical treatments offered at Galen Hall, which were standard at the time, would be alarming in today’s world. This included an entire Electrical Department within the hotel, which a brochure stated featured “the newest and most approved apparatus for giving all forms of electrical treatment, including Static, Galvanic, Faradic, and Sinusoidal currents.” The hotel even offered Electric Baths! Despite all of this focus on health, the same brochure still assured its regular guests that “no suggestion of invalidism is permitted to become obtrusively prominent” in public areas of the building. Galen Hall switched its name to the Astor Hotel in 1941. In the next decade, it fell into disrepair, and was demolished in 1959. In 1989, one of the first Casino Reinvestment Development projects in the city was built at the Galen Hall site – a $35 million tower known as the Regency, which provided housing for low and middle-income tenants. In 2006, the Regency was renovated and rebranded as Bella Condos.|
For more information, see these resources in the Atlantic City Free Public Library, Atlantic City Heritage Collections:
Local History Subject Files – Hotels
| A 1919 postcard image of Galen Hall.
From the Atlantic City Heritage Collections, H049.647.94Gal206c.1
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