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Santa Fe To Call New Hotel ‘The Alvarado’

Topeka Daily State Journal
March 4, 1902

Wonderful Ethnological Museum As A Side Attraction. Electrical Appliances. House Has an ‘Introcontroversey’ Telephone System. Also Has The Most Elaborate Bar Room In The West.

The name of the new hotel which the Santa Fe has just completed in Albuquerque, is to be the ‘Alvarado’. Some time ago the Topeka Daily State Journal printed a picture of the hotel as it will look when completed. Within a short time the immense new building will be ready to receive guests.

Vice President (Santa Fe, my note) Paul Morton, while in Albuquerque a few days ago, visited the ‘Alvarado’ and pronounced it one of the most sumptuous public buildings he ever saw.

During the past two or three years the passenger department of the Santa Fe has given particular attention to the Indian features of the line. This road is the great artery east and west throughout Arizona and New Mexico, and the dictricts through which it operates are rich in Indian and Mexican subjects in study of ethnology.

The Santa Fe and Harvey companies have gradually gathered thousands of relics and curios connected with the life, customs and environment of the Indians and Mexicans in tribes of questionable origin, and made their homes in the areas of Arizona years before the white man invaded that section of the United States.

The Albuquerque ‘Daily Citizen’ in a recent issue gives an interestsing account of the electrical appliances being place in the hotel. It says that J.E. Seaman, of the Seaman Electric Company of Chicago, is putting in the last of the lights and the final touches on the introcontroversey telephone system.

The system designed and made especially for the hotel Alvarado. It consists of ten phones, one in each department of the hotel and surrounding buildings. Each phone has communication with all the others.

The hotel is also supplied with a modern automatic electric combination turn call and fire alarm system. In each room is a call station and a fire alarm bell. The clerk, by pressing a button on the side of the indicator can warn every guest in the house of a fire.

The lighting of the building is something grand. No time or expense is spared to make the Spanish architectural effect complete.

The dining hall, which is the largest room in the building, is located in the west wing and is strictly Spanish style. The ceiling is very low with black oak rafters showing against the white background. It is lighted with twelve stalactite opalescent light bulbs, five large electroilers with eight lights each, and sixteen brackets of two lights each. The mounting in this room is antique brass.

The lobby, which is separated from the dining room by a short corridor, is in the northwest part of the building, and lighted by eight electroilers of three lights each, each light shaded by an opalescent globe. On the north of the lobby are the parlors; one is for the ladies, and one general parlor. The ladies parlor is lighted by electroilers containing eleven opalescent incandescents, which are very beautiful. The general parlor is supplied with a cluster of high lights similar to those of the ladies parlor. Above the office in the lobby is arranged a band stand, whereby when the hotel is occupied, the orchestra will play during the evening.

In the east wing is located the saloon and tonsorial parlors. The bar room, without a doubt, is one of the most elaborate in the west. The bar is located on the north side of the room and is without a mirror. The lower part of the bar is a black oak, the top a polished mahogany. In back of it above the glass shelf are two oil paintings, both of general style.

On the south side of the room, along the wall are arranged seats in old fashioned inn style. The room is lighted by four clusters of six opalestic globe lights each.

The kitchen is on the extreme south end of the building and is lighted by fifteen incandescent lights with porcelain shades. East of the kitchen and south of this plaza is the lunch room, this room is lighted by a single brass electroiler of ten incandescents.

On the east end of the plaza facing the west, is the Kiask, this room is about sixty feet long and twenty feet wide, and lighted by sixty incandencents placed on Bower/Barbe-finished brackets. The hotel veranda is also lighted by incandescents on brackets of the same finish.

With the exception of the lobby, all the large rooms on the lower floor front on the plaza. The plaza is surrounded by walks and in the center is a fountain.

A very remarkable feature about the hotel is the refrigerator room. The ice boxes in this room are lighted by water-proof incandescents that light automatically with the opening of the door. There is also a laundry and butcher shop, and private dining rooms in every part of the building.

Upstairs on the second and third floors are the bedrooms and bath. On the top of the hotel between the four Spanish architectural spires, is an observatory or roof garden and a fine view of the mountains can be obtained.

Mr. Seaman says that the entire lighting system of the hotel Alvarado constitutes close onto eight hundred lights, and is a very extensive system for a building of its size, the cost being about $6,000..


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