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Because it was rebuilt along the old lines without omitting one endearing feature of the old Palace, it has never for a moment lost its place in the hearts of those who knew The Palace Hotel of old.
The Palace Hotel of today is a magnificent structure of steel, concrete and brick, covering practically two acres in the heart of the West's most fascinating city. From a point of construction it is without a superior. The original Palace was built in the form of a hollow square surrounding a great Sun Court filled with palms and flowers.
The traveler never forgot the unique experience of-driving into this court over a graveled road, and entering this metropolitan hotel from its tropical gardens.
Thus, the fame of The Palace Hotel spread far and near. The Palm Court of today, which has taken the place of the open court of the "bonanza days," is conceded to be one of the most attractive dining-rooms in America.
The wide-open space, the lofty iridescent glass covering, through which the sunlight filters down in an amber flood, makes an irresistible appeal to all who gather there. Society gathers in the Palm Court for afternoon tea. A splendid orchestra in keeping with the magnificent room, is one of the attractions. Music plays an important part in the life of this ultra-modern hotel. Each member of this orchestra is a soloist of note, and The Palace dances are exceedingly popular. The beautiful Rose Room has the same iridescent glass ceiling as that of the Palm Court with the same old-ivory toned woodwork, but its beauty is enhanced by rose-colored velvet hangings and silken light shades of a soft rose hue.
Adjoining the Rose Room is the Concert Room. This spacious room, has always been one of the most popular private dining saloons in the city. Here many of the important club luncheons and dinners are given each week, and, when occasion demands, its doors are opened and it becomes a part of the Rose Room.
The attractive concert room is also the scene of many society weddings. The three rooms, the Palm Court, the Rose Room, and the Concert Room, can be thrown into one immense dining room, with a seating capacity of close to two thousand persons. Here the city's important functions are invariably staged. So popular has The Palace Hotel become as a business and social rendezvous, that an average of 2, luncheons are served daily.
The Ball Room is a magnificent white and gold room, with the same wonderful crystal chandeliers which distinguish the other main rooms. It is so located that it can be made a part of the three main dining rooms. Many of the daughters of the State's oldest families have made their debut with this beautiful ballroom as the setting.
An ideal breakfast room, its heavily carved panels and beamed ceiling form the setting of an intimate room which bears the closest scrutiny and of which one never tires.
It is open only to men during luncheon hours and many of the tables are reserved by the same coterie of business men from year to year. The famous Palace Buffet is no more. This heavy, dark paneled room, which opens from the Grill is now known as the Grill Annex. The Palace Buffet, once the most famous gathering place in the West, was the rendezvous of the leaders of the business world in the days when clubs were unknown in the city.
Overlooking the Court on the mezzanine floor is the French Parlor, a delightful gray and ivory salon. It is one of the most popular rooms in the hotel, for afternoon functions or weddings. The Palace has many private dining rooms, suitable for small gatherings, one of the most interesting being the Salon d'Nivelle, a most luxuriously fitted little dining room, with a seating capacity of but twenty-five.
The fittings of this private dining room are exquisite. Soft old-rose colored draperies harmonize with the old-ivory woodwork and the splendid French tapestries and engravings. The Salon d' Nivelle was christened by General R. Nivelle during his last visit to San Francisco. Many of the luxurious apartments at The Palace are leased for a long term of years. These private suites are complete in every detail.
The bedrooms at The Palace are unusually spacious and luxuriously furnished. Small tables, completely set up — a table to each person served— are carried to the desired floor by private elevators, allowing the meals to be served in the minimum length of time.
Unlike any other hotel, The Palace has three great wells directly beneath it. From this unfailing supply, the water is pumped into an immense reservoir, with a capacity of , gallons. Fresh air, brought into the hotel through specially arranged channels, is filtered and washed before being sent to the rooms.
The entire body of air is changed every four minutes. Expert architects and engineers who have watched the operation of The Palace system of ventilation say that this is one instance where theory in practice has proved all that had been expected.
It handles between 30, and 40, pieces daily. Carrying out the dream of its founders, the service of The Palace has always been maintained at that point of excellence which early made it famous throughout the world. Front page story reporting the opening of The Palace Hotel.
William Sharon, in February, When first opened in , the seven story Palace Hotel dominated the then mostly low rise residential and commercial structures of downtown San Francisco. Located across New Montgomery Street from The Palace, the gingerbread Grand Hotel was eventually connected to its larger neighbor by a covered bridge between the two hotels' second floors. The arrival of former President Ulysses S. Grant at The Palace Hotel for a full week's visit. With Lotta's Fountain and early steel framing of the Monadnock Building.
By then The Palace's top two floors had been converted into large apartments for permanent residents. Autograph letter signed ALS written to F. As a Member of Congress ; and of the U.
Senate from California, A. Sargent was both a key player in the original passage of the Pacific Railroad Act of and an ongoing champion in the Congress and Senate of the interests of the Central Pacific Railroad.
He later served as the U. Minister to Germany Express 2-cent US postal stationery cover addressed to Edmund H. March, Palace Hotel mailed cover with engraved image of the hotel printed on the obverse.
John Philip Sousa and his U. This individual service silver teapot is a rare surviving relic of the original Palace Hotel as the vast majority of The Palace's silver and china was destroyed in the fire. The teapot was made by the E. The Palace Hotel an Lotta's Fountain. With the Hearst Examiner and Call Buildings in the foreground.
The fierce fire storm approaches The Palace Hotel upper left early in the afternoon of April 18, A first person account of the earthquake by a guest at The Palace Hotel. The Los Angeles Herald, April 20, The ruins of the M.
Looters seen here picking through the ruins of The Palace Hotel. Demolition of the remains of The Palace Hotel. Opened November 17, The "New" Palace Hotel. Opened December 16, The large remaining structure with two shacks sitting on it is the massive cistern that ran out of water during the fire and thus allowed the hotel to burn.
The cistern is the only portion of the original hotel that is a part of the current building. Click on above image to see High Resolution dpi version. Original brass doorknob of the "New" Palace Hotel. Fine porcelain "pin" tray created to commemorate the opening of the "New" Palace Hotel on December 16, Made by Bauscher Brothers, Weiden, Germany.
Click on the above image to see high resolution version. Palace Hotel engraved letterhead honoring the Panama-Pacific Exposition. Congress declared war on Germany nine months later on April 6, The shrouded body of one of the victims of the July 22, , Preparedness Day Bombing at the corner of Steuart and Market Streets, across from the Ferry Building and nine blocks from The Palace Hotel, in what is still considered to be the worst terrorist act in San Francisco history.
Palace Hotel 's engraved letterhead. DeYoung Building and Lotta's Fountain. Magazine advertisements for The Palace Hotel. A dinner plate from The Palace Hotel's famous "Gold Service" which was used only on very special occasions. The "New" Palace Hotel brass keytag fob. The Palace Hotel 's engraved letterhead. Pair of engraved, hollow stem wine glasses. New Years Eve Dinner program cover. Palace Hotel baggage labels. The colorful Gov Rolph also served as Mayor of San Francisco from to making him the City's longest serving chief executive.
Then Vice President Richand M. Soviet Premier Nikita S. A colorful magazine advertisement for the Sheraton-Palace Hotel during the time that it was operated by the Sheraton Hotel Company under that name from through the early 's. PPC Note that the balconies have been removed. Another view of Carville in February, , taken at th Avenue Source: Thank you to Ken Malucelli for telling me about this Carville house where he lived at Ath Avenue.
The photo is from Photo by Ken Malucelli. Looking up Greenwich Street as two cars enter the passing track Source: A notice that the Telegraph Hill Observatory offered concerts every Sunday at 2pm. The last part of the climb up Greenwich must have been a stiff hike before the railroad started operation.
From the July Daily Alta California. A notice that the Telegraph Hill Railroad was looking for bids from contractors to build the line. From the December Daily Alta California. Note the funicular car at the upper terminal and the time ball on the roof. The time ball dropped at noon to allow captains on the bay to set their chronometers.
I remember when a later version of the ball was located on the Pacific Bell Building on New Montgomery. Gustave Sutro , Pres. It has not been long since it was necessary to climb the steep ascent on foot if you wished to enjoy what is, on a clear day, a fine prospect. Now, the means of climbing Telegraph Hill add considerably to the attractiveness of the excursion.
It is a cable car which seems to be attached permanently to the rope. The car is stopped and started again by means of an electric signal made by the conductor, which is responded to at some distant point by stopping the cable, instead of letting go of it as usual. Whether this is a measure of safety on perhaps the steepest decline ever climbed by cars, or a mere matter of convenience, it strikes the average passenger very forcibly with its ingenuity. The observatory on Telegraph Hill is very completely furnished with telescopes, field-glasses and other conveniences, and has also a restaurant, and is used by the population as a pleasure resort.
From the April San Francisco Call. Looking up Greenwich Street from Columbus in January, The Telegraph Hill Railroad followed this street, including a portion which no longer exists. The article says the Observatory will be restored and reopened. It says the railroad's two cars "have lain quiet in the Howard-street roundhouse for many years. Photograph courtesy of the Museum of the City of San Francisco.
Fillmore Hill Counterbalance car. April, Picture of the Month. The white fronts on the cars were a patented safety feature.
The camera looks downhill from Broadway. November, Picture of the Month. There must have been a third car waiting at the top of the hill.
Counterbalance car meets its partner at Fillmore and Vallejo. From the Apr San Francisco News: The two cable cars on Fillmore-St's steep hill always cross at Vallejo-St, but one reaches the intersection just enough ahead of the other to divert a stranger's attention. Fixit suggests that a warning be placed on Vallejo-St, on each side of the intersection.
This view, looking east across Fillmore-St, shows the added hazard of having to look over the hill. Notice, too, the youngsters clinging to the side of the cable car" Source: Go to top of page. The Fairfax Incline Railway.
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