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The New St. James Hotel

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Micbael Brenner, the owner oí the new St. James hotel, on W. Huron st. , (formerly the Franklin honse) has wrought qnite a change and improvement in the old house. Exteriorly the look of the place is much iroproved. The old dweiling house rookery, which stood at the west end of the hotel building, has been torn down and the ground on which it stood transforined into a lawn which is already well oovered with grass. The outside of the hotel has been painted and ever the office door an iron pórtico with oval roof will extend clear over the sidewalk resting on two iron posts at the edg9 of the cnrb. Inside the improvernents are even more rcarked. Partitions have been torn down, the dining room enlarged the location of the office changed, many bedrooms enlarged, and it has been repainted and repaired throughout. The pipes for steam heat have been all put in position and before fall the radiators will be attached, a large boiler placed in the cellar and the whole house will be heated by steam. On the ground floor the two sitting rooms which used to be at the west side of the house have been made iuto one ioom, a new floor bas been laid, a handsome oak counter and an open fireplace put in, and the result will be a fiue office 24 x 28 feet iu size. The little old dining room which used to be at the back of the office on the east side of the house has come in for its share of the improvements. What used to be the office has been added to it and there is now a large dining room 23x32 feet, capable of seatiug 100 people. There is also a well lighted sample room 18x18 feet on this floor. Behind these are the kitchen 18x22, the pastry room 12x23 and the cutting room. The kitchen is being fitted up with an improved range and is provided with two wash racks, one for cooking utensils, the other for table ware, etc. Ou the second floor are a parlor and nin? bedrooms all of good size and well lighted. On the third floor there are 16 bedrooms. A ladies' water closet and bathroom with sewer connections is on the second floor and there is also a water closet downstairs. The house has been leased by George B. Shetterly, at present proprietor of the ArlingtoQ house, Streator, 111,-, a hotel man of wide experience, who will take posessiou of it June 10. He will furnish the house throughout with oak furniture of the latest designs and will carpet the house throughout. Mr. Shetterly was formerly a resident of Ann Arbor, and is a brother of C. J. and. A. L. Shetterly. The Streator, 111., Free Press, speakiug of his departure from that city says : "George B. Shetterly, who bas couducted the Arliugton hotel in this city aá a $1.50-a-day house - he coming here from Peoria - has decided to give up that hostelry, and will move to Aun Arbor, Micb., his old home, wbere he expects to continué iu the hotel business. Mr. SbettwrJy is a good hotel man, but has not been doing enough business of late to satisfy himself, probably hecause the difference in the rates of his house and those of the Plumb aud the Columbia - 50 cents a day - 'is not sufficient to catch the traveling public."


Ann Arbor Argus
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