The Town | Hotel Florence
An 1881 Description
of the Hotel Florence
The Hotel Florence is chiefly remarkable for the elegance and beauty of design and finish, together with its luxury in furniture, fixtures and appliances, all combined making it equal in all respects, save that of size to the most costly hotels in any of the large cities. The building itself cost around $100,000 and the furniture and fixtures $30,000 more. These figures considered in connection with the fact that the hotel only contains about 50 rooms will give an idea of the elegance and luxury of the whole establishment.
The building rises
to a height of four stories above the half basement, the upper lines being
broken by a fanciful roof of gables and dormer windows, which makes the
house resemble a fine large mansion more than it does a hotel. A veranda
16 feet wide and 268 feet long extends along the front and sides of the
building which is treated in East Lake and Queen Anne designs, the ceiling
being painted a light sky blue, which harmonizes perfectly with the deep
red of the brick of which the walls are constructed. A short flight of
steps give approach to the central portion of the veranda in front, upon
which the office and rotunda opens through wide doors of polished cherry.
The furniture of the parlor is made of solid mahogany and upholstered with heavy Maroon velvet plush. The dining room is immediately across the hall from the parlor and is L shaped. The carving room is immediately beyond the dining room and is fitted with one of Goodwin's carving tables and hot closets made expressly for this hotel. In the rear of the carving room is the kitchen, which is supplied with all the most approved appliances, which include one of Goodwin's Gas Ranges, built also expressly for this hotel.
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