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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 09, 1912, Image 4

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descent lights turned the other
wise darkened interior into bril
liancy as they flashed on the glit
tering marble and bronze.
The first floor and a portion of
the basement was occupied by the
Mercantile Safe Deposit com
pany, which was controlled by the
Equitable. The famous Cafe
Savarin, scene of many a gay
party, occupied the remainder of
the basement.
The main office of the Equit
able on the second floor consisted
of a lofty hall, in which stood two
rows of colored pillars, the work
ing offices and the cashiers' de
partment. . In the rear was a magnificent
stained glass window to which a
"marble-lined and marble-floored
corridor led. Another passage
led to a huge vault where at least
$200,000,000 in securities were
On the same floor were the of
fices of August Belmont & .Com
pany, the Mercantile Trust Com
pany, and the Equitable Trust
Company. '
T,he public quarters of the
Equitable Society contained an
insurance library of more than
8,500 volumes. In this library
vas the entire history of life in
surance. The greater portion of the li
brary was in a large room, with
a gilt-fretted vault overhead and
wonderful allegorical painting on
the walls. This room was used
as a banquet hall.
. The president of the- society
and other high officials occupied
seyen rooms on the third floor of
the Broadway side.
Lawyers were the chief ten
ants of the remainder of the
structure, although the Southern
and Union Pacific Railroad com
panies, where Harriman once
held swayartd the banking firm
of Kountze Brothers also had
their general offices there. The
Western Maryland Railroad,
once a Gould concern, also had
eexcutive offices in the building.
The lawyers' club took up the
entire fifth and sixth floors. The
law library was on the seventh
floor. It was a library that never
can beMuplicated, and was almost
of priceless value.
The upper floors of the build
ing were most magnificent. A
corridor lined with black-stained
marble, ledvinto a 'smoking room
that dazzled the. eyes with the lus
tre of its squaxedcblumns. The
suite included a main dining room
and a dozen more which were
used for private parties. All of
them were decorated in white and
pink or hung with splendid broc
ades that produced a bewildering
From the main entrance to the
top of the entire building, nothing
was left undone that might add
to the gorgebusness of the dec
orations. Autos are being built with a
small tank and spigget just back
of the driver's seat. What'll ye
New York's subway and ele
vated roads recently carried 2,
500,000 people in 24 hours

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