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The San Francisco call. [volume] (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, December 19, 1897, Image 24

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OF all days In the 7»ar Christ
mas day Is the one for home
gatherings, consequently the
whole honse should be made to
embody the poetry of decorative art.
Make as much preparation aa pos
sible in advance. T'r,-. soup should be
made, skimmed, strained, seasoned and
ready for reheating. The turkey
drawn, cleaned and stuffed; the giblets
boiled until tender, chopped fir.**- and
put *•=-:» in the water in which th«--y
THE small size of the lot,
70x75 feet, and the great
height of the Claus Spreckels
building, give it the unique
distinction of being the high
est structure in the United States in
proportion to ground area. The de
sign in fact is that of an Immense and
beautifully symmetrical tower, rather
than an ordinary commercial struc
ture; but withal retaining every re
quirement of a great office building.
The exterior design, following closely
the Italian renaissance, may be briefly
were boiled, ready for the —nee. The
cranberries cooked and turned into a
mold. The plum pudding, which should
have been made weeks before, be all
ready to be reheated at serving time.
The bonbons may be made two or
three days In advance and carefully
put between layers of waxed paper ln
tin boxes. Nuts may be salted and
kept in the same way. Hard sauce
may also be made and put In a glass
Jar In the refrigerator.
outlined, as follows: The main en
trance on Market street .« through an
archway twenty feet wide by thirty
five feet ln height, on cither side of
which are massive columns supporting
the richly carved entablature and cor
nice above. On the frieze directly over
the entrance Is the Inscription, "Claus
Spreckels Building," and on either side
above are carved pedestals and bronze
electric light standards. The dadoes of
columns show carefully modeled
groups of figures representing trade
and commerce, the arts and sciences,
Make and turn :-"♦ square molds one j
quart of lemon and one quart of eof- !
Cm Jelly. Make one dozen orange !
baskets by cutting the skin Into basket !
shape a.-.c scooping out the pulp. Wash !
these in cold water and put them aside
in the refrigerator. Make a ten-egg
sponge cake, and when cod put It in
a tin box.
A table for twelve should be twelve
feet long, which will allow plenty of
space between covers. On the right of ]
the plate first put a knife, then a soup- j
spoon, then the oyster-knife, if one is j
needed. On the left two forks; close
at the upper righthand side the mdi- (
vidual salts and glasses; a little to the
left the bread and butter plate holding I
the napkin neatly folded, with a piece j
of bread tucked under the fold.
The ginger sherbet should be made, 1
while the two spandrels over the arch
show figures of Victory ln bold relief.
Between the second and third stories
on a line with the top of the main en
trance ls carried a broad, projecting
cornice supported on carved medallions.
The windows In the story above are
arched with architraves richly carved,
over which runs a heavy ornamented
belt course forming a cap to this pe
destal or base.
The windows of the fourth story with
projecting caps and balustrades sup
ported by carved pilasters complete the
ornamentation of the lower part of the
building. No ornamentation other than
molded architraves around the win
dows appears above until we reach the
carved belt cornice at the thirteenth
floor line. This and the thirteenth
story are treated as one, the columns
'with carved dadoes and capitals ex
tending full height, the windows en
riched between with carved archl
repacked and put aside where there Is
no danger of Its softening. The plum
pudding may be put Into the steamer
on the back part of the stove the hard
sauce turned into the proper dish and
placed In the refrigerator.
The salad course ls no small part of
a dinner. If yen cannot re*. lettuce or
celery do not object to the inner white
portion of a hard head of cabbage.
Serve it with French dressing, delicate
crackers toasted in the oven and hot
cheese balls.
Let the serving be done without
hurry or commotion; the plates lifted
from the left side and the serving
done from the same. Both meat and
vegetables are frequently spoiled and
served cold trough lack of system in
service. The ho*?*- will serve the
soup from a large tureen; each plate
traves and spandrels.
The fourteenth story ls contained
within the carved frieze surmounted
by a heavy classic cornice forming one
of the principal features of the build
ing. The fifteenth story Is in a lighter
design, being In effect a colonnade
with pilasters between the many win
dows; while the sixteenth story, cir
cular ln contour, forms the base of the
great dome — the corners of the square
being carried up in octagon shaped
turrets with columns at angles and
arched roof of solid masonry. The
dome itself contains three stories, be
ing forty-five feet in height by sixty
feet in diameter, with twelve dormers
on each story. Above this rises a rich
ly ornamented lantern, or open belve
dere, thirty-two feet in height, sur
mounted by a steel flagstaff carrying a
gilded ball thirty-five feet above. The
total height from the sidewalk to this
topmost point ls 850 feet.
I as filled will be lifted by the waitress
| from the .-.'" side and Mr-red first to
t the moat d:>- prig i guest After
j the last peri has been serve-": and
j all have eaten, the tureen will be
\ lifted and carried lata the pantry. The
; deviled spaghetti may now be brought
_ ln on small plates, and as the soup
• plates are lifted these plates are put
fin their stead. The turkey, dished and
I garnished daintily, is then placed be
i fore the host. The hot plates are
| brought In and placed before • each
! guest as the spaghetti plates are lifted.
| The waitress may now bring in the
I sweet potato croquette. and place them
j on the table, also the peas and the
■ cranberry jelly. The cranberry jelly
I may be placed before the hostess, who
! will help and pass it to her nearest
| guest, the waitress being occupied in
The material employed in the ex
terior of the building above the granite
base to the line of the dome on the six
teenth floor Is a light gray sandstone.
The dome with its heavy ribs and dor
mers is of terra cotta, in color to match
the stone.
The most complete system of steel
construction and fireprooflng has been
employed throughout. The masonry of
the outer walls is simply a casing for
the steel framework, which is riveted
together as one continuous piece from
the foundation, twenty-five feet below
the grade of the street, to the apex of
the dome. The system of bracing used
is- calculated to withstand not only the
most violent wind storms but earth
quakes as well. Every piece of steel is
thoroughly protected against fire or
corrosion by a terra cotta covering.
The floors are cinder concrete, filled be
tween the steel beams; the Interior
partitions are all of hollow tile.
passing the turkey after it has been j
carved by the host. After turkey is j
passed the waitress will pass the !
vegetable dishes, going to the left of ■
the guest and allowing each person to _
serve him or her self. The peas will
next be passed. Then, If necessary, the _
waitress will refill the glasses and pass j
the bread.
While this course is being served the
ginger sherbet will be dished In the
punch-glasses or small tumblers and
The main entrance, or rotunda, wo
stone.-* in height, is finished entirely in
polished American marble, and all the
cc moors above are wainscoted with
the same material. The entrance doors
are of galvano plastic bronze. Those in
the center form an entrance to the of
fice portion, those to the right to
a large banking room, while to the left
Is the entrance to the main business
office of The Call. These offices of The
Call are situated on the corner, with a
frontage on both Market and Third
streets, and are finished in mahogany
and bronze, with all the modern con
veniences 'of a great newspaper office.
A mezzanine floor extends over a large
portion of the room, thus nearly doub
ling the capacity. The offices of the
proprietors and managers are on the
second story of the building directly
above the business office. The base
ment is occupied entirely by the press
room of the paper, with mailing and
placed ln saucers.
Now the waitress brings In tba
dessert plates, on each one of which la
a finger-bowl on a dainty doily. These
are partly filled with water, in which
Is a spray of holly and a slice of
lemon. A few sprigs of holly are now
stuck In the plum pudding, a lighted
match touched to the sugar and the
pudding carried blazing into the dining
room and placed before the hostess,'
who will serve It on good-sized plates.
other rooms adjacent-
Back of the elevators is a flight of
bronze and marble staircase running
from the ground floor to the dome.
Not a piece of machinery, however,
other than the motors for operating
the presses, is situated in this build
ing. Boilers, pumps, engines, dynamos,
and everything required to furnish
power, light and heat are situated in
the building on Stevenson street, 300
feet away. The artesian well and* city
supply of water is also located there
with pumps for forcing the water to*
the top of the building, the pressure
on the city mains not being sufficient
to force the water to the great heicht
of the building. -ae-gni
Viewed by day or night, with the
sunlight touching its white face or
with the wandering mists caressing its
dome, the building is magnificent in its
simplicity and inspiring to the be

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