Addition of Painter Wing of 1910
The Algonquin hotel annex is being hastily pushed forward. Last week interior plastering was begun. . . . The new wing gives 96 additional bedrooms, and 56 more bathrooms. In every room there will be steam heat and hot and cold water. Will open June 20 to Sept 30. Manager Allerton.
Enlarged Algonquin Hotel
Contractors Say Everything will be Finished by June 1
A Big Noise--a Great Big Noise--a noise as if of “something doing,”--comes from the eminence overlooking the town. It has been coming ever since last September, when Mr. Robert Clark, representing the C. P. R. hotel department, laid the foundation for the concrete addition to the Algonquin hotel. It increased appreciably when a few weeks later the contract for the superstructure was awarded to Mr. C. E. Deakin, on Montreal. But the Noise was on in earnest when F. J. Jago and Company, of Montreal, was given the concrete sub-contract. Then was heard a din only equalled by the tower of Babel,--carpenters hammering forms together and putting them in place; teams hauling oceans of gravel from the beaches; steam mixers turning cement, gravel and water into the finished article; barrow men hustling the liquid cement on to the walls; steam elevators lifting men and barrows as the walls began to leave the ground. Nor did the Noise cease when the three stories of concrete walls were erected. Then Mr. Deakin’s carpenters fell into line, and under the direction of such experienced men as William Stewart and Joseph Wilde, the roof timbers were hurried into position.
The roofing was done by Mr. Reed, of Montreal; the plumbing is being put in by Ald. Thos. O’Connell, of Montreal; the mason-work by Mr. Charles Horsnell, of SA; the electric connections by Mr. W. M. Dietrich, of Montreal. The mill-work came from the wood-working factory of Haley and Son, St. Stephen. Messrs. Mason, SA, have the contract for the spring mattresses.
Mr. Robert Clark is looking after the work in the C. P. R. interest. There is a great deal of work yet to be done about the building, but June 1 will see it pretty well completed. The annex is connected with the old building at the north-east corner. It runs north between 80 and 90 feet until it strikes a bay, then it angles off in a westerly direction until it connects with the 80 foot water tower. The addition will give 96 sleeping rooms and 56 bathrooms, with hot and cold water in every room.
It is said that next September a further concrete addition will be made, with the object of having the entire hotel fire-proof and of a permanent character.
“Last week the big steel tank was placed on the tower in the rear of the new wing.”
The New Algonquin
Opening Marks Another Era in Summer Resort
This year of grace--1910--marks another step forward in the summer resort history of SA, in that it has witnessed the opening of an enlarged and more permanent Algonquin hotel.
The old Algonquin is a wooden structure, and, of course, lacks the permanency of stone, or brick, or concrete. The new wing, which was opened to the public for the first time on Monday last, is composed of concrete. It is three stories in height, and contains within its massive walls 96 additional sleeping rooms and 56 new bath-rooms. This in itself is quite a large hotel establishment.
The old wing, with its magnificent dining room, parlor, drawing room, bath-rooms and guest chambers, still remains, but it is the intention of the Hotel Company to gradually work into a concrete structure, so that every possible element of instability would be removed. To build the new wing cost the Company $160,000, and to furnish it will require at least $36,000 more. Mr. C. E. Deakin, of Montreal, was the general contractor. He sub-let the concrete work to the Messrs. Jago, of Montreal; the plastering to Charles Horsnell, of SA; the plumbing to Thos. O’Connell, of Montreal; and the electric fixtures to W. N. Dietrich, of Montreal. Mr. Robert Clark was the C. P. R. superintendent. . . . Manager Allerton is looking forward to a good hotel season, notwithstanding that over one hundred of last year’s guests are booked for the continent this season. The staff of 1910 will be composed of:--
Andrew Allerton, Manager
Spencer Farmer, Chief Clerk
Miss Nora Gaynor, Stenographer
William Wood, Steward
Mrs. H. E. Banks, First Housekeeper
Miss Fisher, Second housekeeper
J. S. Hobbs, Chef
Cecil W. Clark, Head Waiter
Miss Hazel Maloney, Tel. Operator
Miss Eva Burton, News Clerk
Thomas Hogan, hairdresser
Ira Brown, Chief Engineer
Fred Purton, Second Engineer
Robert Tennant, Head doctor?
Lester Struthers, Head Bellman
Miss Gately, Head Laundress
Several changes have been made in the rooms on the ground floor, with a view to increased comfort and convenience. The general scheme of the drawing room is a most beautiful landscape tapestry effect, which harmonizes most charmingly with the external landscape. All the furnishings of this room are of the same order. The chairs are of antique pattern, made of an old “rush” chair, which was passed down from a previous generation to Mrs. Hayter Reed, who supervised the hotel decorations. Adjoining the drawing room a gentlemen’s smoking room has been provided. Another room on the ground floor has been turned into a very comfortable ladies’ toilet. The gentlemen’s writing-room has been made over into a lounging room. Writing rooms for ladies and gentlemen have been provided in the rooms opposite the news stand.