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These days, the swanky modern hotel casinos in Atlantic City, N.J., are constantly struggling to keep their doors open. But back in the early 1900s, the area was home to a host of premier boardwalk resorts. One of them, the Queen Anne-style Marlborough Hotel saw enough success that the property owner soon commissioned a major expansion, one that, upon completion in 1906, became the largest reinforced concrete building in the world. The resulting Marlborough-Blehnheim resort enjoyed gothic parlors full of arches, grand domed dining room and auditorium, halls of colonnades, and an abundance of hexagonally stacked fireplaces. The hotel, with a façade that inspired the "Ritz-Carlton" seen in the HBO show Boardwalk Empire, was completely demolished in 1978 to make room for the new Bally's Park Place Casino and Hotel, which still stands today. Take a throwback tour, below.