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of hard at work preparing steaks, omelettes, etc., for the small outlay in slight alterations. The enterprising gentlescores of guests in the great dining-hall-everything looked men who have this class of edifices, thus secure substantial
, so clean and tidy and appetizing that, though we had eaten safe houses of vast dimensions without the needless waste of our dinner, we felt hungry, and ate another. Add to all a dollar. The three Hotels shown in our engravings on else, that Mr. Doyle is a gentleman uniformly courteous to 399 and 400 are of this kind. all, and that his clerk and waiters are experienced and civil, The United States Hotel stands on the corner of Forty. and you have a model Restaurant in all its details.
second street and Columbia avenue; in riding out to the Philadelphia has a fine showing of first-class Hotels—its Grounds in the Eighth Street and Girard Avenue Cars, just Continental, Girard, Colonnade, St. Stephens, Washington, as we alight in front of the South Entrance to the Main ExBingham, St. Clouds, Irving, Merchants, and hundreds of hibition Building, we see at the opposite side of the car a other well-conducted houses leave nothing to be desired for large, imposing, handsome hutel—this is the United States, the ordinary wants of the second commercial city of the and its wonderfully inviting exterior is exceeded by its wellUnion; but the immense influx of visitors, to be reasonably planned, admirable interior. Mr. Boothby, the proprietor anticipated during the Centennial Exposition, made neces- and manager, ably seconded by his well-chosen assistants
, sary a large temporary increase of hotel and boarding house makes us quite at home, while the roomy rooms, with their accommodation. The most liberal and ample provision has neat furniture and comfortable beds, and the table with its been made to meet the largest possible demand,
and some of loads of good things cooked just right and served in faultless the “new” Hotels rival the old in their equipment and gen- style, gives the new house all the merits of an old hostelry. eral arrangements for the comfort of guests. Some of these new hotels are temporary frame structures, -to be taken down vision of Mr. James T. Stover, is a positively superb edifice
Then the Hotel Aubry (page 400), under the able superas soon as they shall have served their purpose ; but one of or mass of edifices; it stands on Walnut street, extending the most striking illustrations of the old adage that “ neces- from Thirty-third to Thirty-fourth, within about fifteen min sity is the mother of invention," is found in the extensive utes of the Grounds, and yet it is so nearly central that the Hotels made up from entire blocks of dwelling-housės, sub- Theatres and points of interest within the city are the more stantially built of brick and stone, which, when the Centen easily reached. The entire house is perfectly furnished and nial thousands shall have departed, will be restored to the provided with every modern convenience, the table is man use for which they were originally designed, involving but aged by a first-class caterer, assisted by the best “ help,” and
under the most liberal
The annexed engrav-
THE GRAND EXPOSITION HOTEL-EUROPEAN PLAN. South front, running more than 900 feet along Girard avenue, faces the superb parlors, smoking-room, and all the conveniences found in the “Cathedral Cemetery," with its innumerable trees and its best hotels of our times. M. Riley, the manager, is a genhandsome monuments, tombs, and decorations, while on the tleman of experience, and knows how to “ keep a hotel;" East
, or main front, stands about 1 30 feet back from the line of and he is supported by a large corps of experts in the Lancaster avenue, the space being laid out in park style, with several departments. The “ plan" adopted is “the Eurofountains, terra-cotta statuary, rustic ornaments, evergreens, pean,” under which every person orders what he desires and flowering and luxuriant foliaged plants. This Hotel is and pays only for what he orders. The sleeping-apartments specially adapted to families, societies, clubs, and parties who are beau:ifully furnished, while the dining-room is second to wish rooms in suites, while individual boarders will be equally none we have ever seen in extent or appropriateness; the well cared for. Communicating with the office there is a tables are spread in elegant style, and the stewards, cooks, Drug-Store
, managed by a Graduate in Pharmacy, besides waiters, etc., are selected with care and with reference to reading-rooms, supplied with American and foreign papers, their qualifications, and civility and punctuality is required
of them, on penalty of prompt dismissal is they fail in either dreds of Hotels, old and new, though we may safely say of these essentials.
that there need be no fear as to the comfortable accommoda. There are other Hotels in all directions within a few hun- tion, at reasonable rates, of all the thousands that will come dred yards of the Grounds, and many new ones within the to the great show. It may not be amiss to remark, farther, built-up portions of the city, besides the older well-known that should the Hotels prove unequal to the demand, we houses, some of which have added largely to the number of have more private residences than any other city in the Union, their guest-rooms; we can afford no more space, how with rarely more than one family to a house, and scarcely one ever, this month, to detail the respective merits of the hun-' | of these would refuse entertainment to visiting strangers.
On page 387 we illustrate a fine view from the front of old Belmont Mansion, and on page 384 we allude to the fact that the old edifice has been converted into a Café and Restaurant. In adopting the mansion to his purpose, Mr. Proskauer has carefully preserved its old-time proportions and appearance; he has made considerable additions in the way of a new pavilion and structures to meet his wants, but without disturbing a brick or timber of the old house. The new structures are, in themselves, ornamental.
BELMONT IN THE OLDEN TIME.
square but neat artistic frame building, with strong ropes securely holding it in position, and running up its sides are four lengths of substantial truss-work; seeing this lofty shaft towering up to a great height from the elevated top of Belmont hill, long before we approach near enough to discover any other peculiarity than its altitude, we cannot but wonder and ask, if there be one near to afford the information, “ What can that singular thing be?” As we draw near, we can see a beautiful circular box, or car, steadily and securely ascending the shaft, and, as it reaches the top, we see a platform above enclosed with stout wire, like a cage. Upon this platform we see a number of human beings, dwarfed by distance almost to lilliputian proportions, and we see others getting out of the car; some of those before up there, enter the car, and it descends with perfect safety. We purchase our ticket in the office in the frame building at the base, walk up a short, easy flight of stairs to the roof, take our seat in the car, are borne aloft without a jar or indication of unsteadiness, alight on the platform, and, lo! we are delighted with a series of the grandest bird's-eye views imaginable, embracing the Centennial Grounds, the glorious Park, the vast and beautiful Quaker City, and miles of its rich and varied and beautiful envirors. The car has gone down and come up again, and our allotted time being up, we reluctantly descend to terra firma—though no more firm than the lofty cage, the car, and the shaft. This most remarkable structure is the now famous Sawyer Observatory, and it is certainly one of the most valuable adjuncts to the great Exhibition, as well as a capital illustration of the triumphs of the century. L. B. Sawyer, an eminent Boston engineer, is the inventor, and his son, E. M. Sawyer, is the superintendent, of this Observatory.
Having feasted our eyes on the beauties of the City and its suburbs, our appetite craves a different feast, and we need not go far to appease that craving. Stepping around to the front of the quaint old Mansion, we enter, and find a fault. lessly clean, attractive dining-room, tidy, alert, civil waiters, a bill of fare so full and varied that we scarce know what to order, and are almost tempted to emulate the countryman who, in a like predicament, calmly requested the puzzled
The most striking of the new features which arrest our attention is a tall, symmetrical iron pillar which rises two hundred feet out of a
'THE SAWYER OBSERVATORY.
CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION MEMORANDA.
waiter : “ Please bring me an assortment!” We give a more The hours of admission are from 9 o'clock A.m. to 6 P.M. intelligent order, however; what we order is brought The price of admission is 50 cents, the ticket to consist of a promptly, we eat with a good relish, pay our “check,” and fifty-cent note; this one fee gives the visitor the right to see retire with the resolve that we will surely call again. all that he can during the period of his remaining within the
We have before remarked that there are within the Grounds enclosure.
blue for the buildings of the Gauge Railway," the cars being propelled by steam over a
positive outrage of the rights of the general public and even fort of visitors. Besides all this, a complete telegraph has
ception of the Union Line, which runs to the Park, but not to
convenient depot just outside the enclosure.