ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – The entire 1400 block of the Atlantic City Boardwalk will soon boast a new image. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) selected Blackney Hayes Architects to reinvent the 1400 block, starting after “Ripley’s Believe it or Not.” The CRDA is looking to create an ambiance that reflects the shore destination in its prime and had invested over $100 million dollars in redesigning the boardwalk facades.
The design of the 1400 block is inspired by historic design elements found in the architecture of the first hotel along the boardwalk, the Dennis Hotel (now part of the Bally’s Resort). The use of cast stone will create a sturdy appearance and ensure ease of maintenance. Current garage-like doors will be replaced with glass bi-fold doors and large window-fronts for merchandising displays, inviting customers into the shops. Further defining the entry points, large intricate decorative archways will add to the building’s character. Pillars and railings will feature nautical detailing, separating one building from another and giving each store its own identity.
The two-story structure will feature artistic stained-glass windows on the second floor veranda. The diamond pattern of the stained glass will resonate with color and attract interest to the building as a whole. Special attention will be given to illuminating the building’s detailing, including the decorative pillars, signage, and glass in the evening hours. The radiance of the light and shadowing will transform the boardwalk into the center of night life activity.