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PAGES ELEVEN TO TWENTY
PAGES ELEVEN TO TWENTY
VOL. XUV NO. 37.
OMAHA, SUNDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 28, 1915.
SINGLE CONES FIVE CENTS.
Hotel Fontenelle a Triumph of Modern Art and Skill
Contains Everything that Experience or Anticipation Can Suggest for the Con
venience and Comfort of the People Who Will Use It, and Is Beautiful
in All Its Lines and Appointments
Features of the New Hotel that Show
How Carefully It Has Been Planned
. . , . . . . .
A great philosopher once, In eulogizing the .marvels-of the human
brain, called attention to the fact that ho great thing has been accomplished
by man without being first accomplished in the mind .of man. , - , .
Alexander conquered the world In his mind before he did bo Ui fact.
Augustus Caeser "found Rome a city, of . wood and left it
marble." He turned it Into a city of-marble in his mlnil before he did
so in fact. " " . ' : "i
Washington determined to cast off the British yoke in his mind before
lie brought it about in fact.' , . . , J . '. C ' . .
Bell conceived the telephone in his mind before he ever succeeded In
lonstriutmg a working model. . . . . - 'J .. ..- i , i . . ' '
Edihcn dreamed of machines. that would. talk and, pictures that would
1..6VC- tnd vires that would glow and give Illumination, long before he
r.ctually Buccotded in producing such unheard of things and Kave then! to
the v oriel. " - " ' ' '
And so it itt with the magnificent Fontenelle hotel. ,
There it stands in its proud position, a thing of beauty and comfort
oud luxury. ...-...,
. lias Kvery Convenience.
Kvcry convenience that the art and inventive genius of wan has devised
for the comfort of man and man in 'this construction, of course, em
braces r.o:;ien, that is to say. includes woman every such convenience has
been Installed in the Fontenelle. ',.' .." '
The Fontenelle has grown before our eyes. First a hole In the ground
excavated by steam shovels and men with wagons and teams. Then the deep
laid foundation and then the structure' rising, story by story, to the top.
Then other months of work inside at the' seemingly endless task-of finish
ing decorating, installing of plumbing, installing of 330 bathrooms, carpet
ins'of envies.; floor?, paperlns of limitless walls, electric wiring and fixtures
urd po on and so on.
And now it stands there complete, ready for its guests.
Hut stop and think What is it? ' -
Is it a mass of steel and concrete, hollow tile, and brick, marble and
polished wocWs? . .-
Yea. ; ' .
Hut it is more than that, far more. - ,
It is the embodiment of an idea. , . '
Knibodles an Idea.
Just as every other worth-while
of an idea, an idea that found root
And this great Idea that saw In prophetic vision the Fontenelle hotel
89 it stands today, was watered by the rains of hope,, and nurtured Dy he
lun of optimism and strengthened by th.days of faith, the future of the
Gate City of the west. . .... ' '' .
That's the way that.Omaha grew, and everything In Omaha grew, and
everything elsewhere grew. , . ,. . ...... - : :
The nunw a of the men who had this
dream that came grandly true are men
tioned elscwhf re. They are so well known
anyway. that naming them Wj print again
Is scarcely necessary.
The bis thing Is that the Idea that
existed lit the mind has taken form in the
material and that the Fontenelle stands
a monunicnt-iq Omaha enterprise.
They Culled. It Kontesrllc.
nd P"re in the twentieth century the
v,r.itc man who' la built a great city
and named it In honor ot the tribe of
ir-.l men known ae tho "Omawhaws". or
Omahas 1ms dedicated and named' tho
finest of tho hotels In the city of Omaha
after the greatest of the chiefs of tho
Omaha tribe. Ixgan Fontenelle.
If .the spirits ot the red men walk and
ha Jnt the happy hunting grounds they
niUKt Burely view with approving "uha"
tlu magnificent hostlery which Is named
otter their areut and beloved chief.
"L'Kh. heap fine teene?. Opod teepee
miti'o after Biff Chief Fontenelle," they
DcnTii.tir.iis of the hold Itself are found
In dctn 1 In other parts of this section.
1-eiy jcpiir'.ment and tcature la taken
up epj.Vrlv and Its wonderful features
Here a 111 lc given a general view of
tli.i .rvtl lioFtelry.
One a arcely knows where to start. It
is all so fine.
Since we must start some where let it
be the bottom. There arc two floors en
teral directly from the rtreet. Ifere the
hotel starts off with an advantsgo right
at o-ve. This is possible because of the
grade of the two streets on which it
fared. Eighteenth beins considerable
lower that Dou3as is at a point several
yards to the westward of Eighteenth,
where the main entrance Is.
Tie Kightcenth ttreet entrance leads
int i tho "firou-.id floor." so called, which
is -xclusivcly the abode of the men.
This U a region that ordinarily Is not
to tic Invaded by wives, mothers, sisters,
sweethearts nor any of the gentler sex.
la this masculine region are found such
things a the men's lounge, the billiard
noni. the barber shop, the grill with its
lire saving station, popularly known as
But let us go to the upper regions
where we can gt a glimpse of something
mora interesting than mere men.
1-4 1 us enter by the main entrance on
Douglas street. This leads up a few
steps directly to the "main floor," so
culled, where Is the lobby. .
And here and In all floors above men
and women are on the same footing.
Kbthlng above the ground floor Is re
served for man's view alone. And no
where dues a woman need to feel out of
plu.ee. The bar and such things are con
fined to tho ground floor.
Lobby Is Baay Spot.
The lobby Is on this floor with its busy
clerks. Its busy switchboard for local
service. Its other busy switchboard for
lung distance service. Its cigar and news
stand. Its telephone booths, its writing
rooms and Its flower stand.
Here are pleasant nooks and comfort
Opening off to the left Is a delightful
room with the most dainty decorating and
furnishing. This Is the ladies reception
Openh-g off the other side and facing
en Eighteenth street and running; the fall
12 feet that the hotel faces on that street
Is the great dining room which can be
divided tno two sections for smaller par
Above the main floor and overlooking It
thing In the world is the embodiment
In that mysterious realm, the mind
In thai centtHillkfc a bale ny Is the "men
canlno floor." or half floor.
x lutautiful. semi-Privato place to J
promenade this will be with its outlook
on the busy lobby below,
t -From this' floor open .off two musi
cians' galleries which are for the use of
tlio orchestras that will play In the din
ing rooms. - . '
On the weft Side of this floor and on the
sumo levol ere the large and fmall ban
queting tooms which can be thrown Into
o:m when large if fairs require It. These
will also be used for giving great balls
.Several private dining rooms for small
parties uro aim found on this floor.
Tho executive offices are on this level,
being reached through a small corridor.
They are located In the southwest corner
of the building.
William It. Burbank, the manager and
president of the leasing company, has
h.'s offl.-e here with a reception room
adjoining. There is also . a large book
keeping off loo with a big vault.
The office of Assistant Manager Abra
ham Burbank is on the main floor ad
joining the main desk in close touch with
the operating end, the clerks, etc.
Now up another floor we go and have
only Just arrived at the "flrat floor," so
The naming of floors thus follows the j
European and continental style. What
we call the second floor, that Is, the next
floor above the street floor they call the
first floor, fio It Is in the Fontenelle.
There arc' three floors below the "first
floor." , ,t;
This floor is the first one given over
to looms for guests. It is like all the
floors above it until the tenth floor, ex
cept that the upper part of the banquet
rooms, which are located on the mes
sanlne floor, project this high up.
Coming to the next floor above, we have
a typical floor. It Is Just like all the
floors above it until the tenth floor Is
AU the rcoms are outside rooms with
abundance of daylight pouring in through
The rooms n the outer tiers face on
the streets and alley. The rooms on the
inner tiers face the Inner rectangle of
But every room Is an outside room,
communicating with the healthful, whole
some, life-giving, disease-killing daylight.
And every one of them has a bath, a
private bath of most delightful plumbing
and porcelain directly attached to it.
Telephone i-m Every Itoom.
And in every room there Is a telephone
through which the guest csn'talk to
almost any place In the United States.
And there's les water and ordinary
water and hot water galore.
And there are. pretty pictQree on the
wails, and deep, soft carpets on the
And the furniture is rich.
And there are double doors between
communicating rooms to be closed when
the rooms are not rented ensulte.
And the transoms above the doors are
opaque so that the guest who wants to
sleep won't be disturbed by light shining
to from the hall.
And some of the rooms are built so
they can be thrown Into suites of three
or four rooms, sitting room, bedroom,
private bsth and private hallway.
There is one superfine suite thst will
be known either as the "royal suite"
or the "president's suite-"'
What Is tbat O. BkepUcT You say
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East Side of Beautiful Banquet Hall on
there'll be no use for such a suite here
in Omaha. t
And why not, oh, doubter; oh. Icono
clast? Study your history and try to' make up
for your youth and callow Inexperience.:
Did you know that the Grand Duke
Alexis, brother of the csar. of Russia
Did you know that King Kalakana vis
ited here not only once but twice?
Did you know that , Don ' Pedro once
visited in' Omaha? .And the Marquis 'Of
Presides Visit Here. 4
Probably you didn't know -that Presi
dent Grant was here twice, and ' President
Hayes, and President Harrison, and Pres
ident Cleveland, and President McKinley.
And in more recent years the : various
piesldents have visited here ' repeatedly.
Henry M. Btanley was also one of the
guests of Omaha la the earlier days of
Yea, there will be use for this suite- for
presidents and members of royal families,
Of course it won't be kept closed and
locked when there are none of these ex
alted mortals here to occupy it
Its various rooms will be open . for oc
cupancy separately and Individually-. And
If anyone comes along, who wants to pay
the price, of course such person will be
quite welcome to occupy the royal suite
as long as be wishes to pay the price
and Is able to do so.
Now, returning to our corridors, one
thing that will delightfully surprise' the
visitor and guest is . the width of the
balls, which varies- between six and a
half and seven feet
At a certain spot In each hall you . will
observe a brass tub about .three inches
in diameter protruding In an upright
direction, as Hashtmuro Togo would say.
This la one of those little 'refinements
of convenience found la this up-to-the-minute
noted It Is ' a chute Into which
you can drop your key when -you' are
This will save you the trouble and the
embarrassment, especially U you are
nunied Mary or Priscllla Instead of Wil
liam or Oscar the embarrassment or
stepping up to the desk where that' wine
salesman from Noo Tork and the, ilgar
drummer from faint Looey are. talking,
and Mrs. E. Vsn Hyphen Everlnghams
snd Mrs. Millionaire Boggs-Uarrlngtun-iiogas
are chattering,' and half a dote n
: :r cut if
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other folks are making ( a gauntlet fori
you to run. ; Ah, "when a feller needs a I
friend" In a time like that the little key
carrying chute is a friend Indeed.
Well, there, are so many -little conven
iences and surprising novelties that we
must not stop, to name - them all.' We
roust, leave, a few for you to see yourself
when you go 'through the hotel.
Of course the ' various elevators have
their' places ' at - each ' floor, with their
annunciators .' annunciating the floors
where the elevators are.
On every third floor there Is a special
servloe station, , with maids and bellboys
In i charge to ' still ', further facilitate the
service " to the . patrons.
- Servfee ta Superb.
- Oh, there' la certainly service.
The pneumatic tubes that run from the
office didn't we mention 'the pneumatic
tubes? 1 Well you know there's so much
that we. can't take it ail In at once, and
so-you must pardon, dear reader, our
overlooking the . pneumatto tubes. But
there are ' pneumatic - tubes running alt
over the house, down In the kitchen and
up , to - these servloe stations and almost
Well, now, for Instance, suppose Muriel
comes In : to ' visit you some afternoon.
What does she do? 6 ho presents her
card to the clerk and mentions your name.
The gentlemanly clerk sees that you
have room No. 133 that's one of the ex
pensive ones, ' and Just the ' kind you'd
have, wouldn't -you now? -
Well, the clerk'Just drops Muriel's card
with the number of your room Into the
pneumatio : tube- and a-r-r It's at the
service station. nearest your room, and a
few seconds ' later you . have- It In your
. "Send ' her., up, please,"; you . say, . or
"Tee. ' I'm home," and- a moment later
Muriel Is: In 'your apartment. '
. Now Isn't that 'like living? Well, rather.
''Deep,' Soft Carpets.
. And .the, carpets!-Ah, wetheven't men
tioned those carpets yet deep, soft pretty
carpets .that delUiht the eye 'anl caress
the tmvt! , .
Even the steam radiators have their
own little, Improvement and refinement
Even they seem to have gotten the spirit
of modernism In this hotel -and decided
that , they must do something to keep i-p
with the' Procession.
. Ko thelr contribution to the cmnfort and
dellxht of guests consists of ' a ns
w lf-4. it,'
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method of turning on their steam- -x;
turning off the same. All stei n rad.tn.tjrs
known up to the present have been
turned on or off by a valve locatol near
the floor, a valve, moreover, that hud
to be turnod like any rrudo valvj down
In tho engine room. One had to stoop
over and turn and turn for quit) a
Not so at the Fontenelle. Here, at the
top ot the radiators so that one need not
stoop down;' Is a small and well-bred
handle which has ap indicator and dial
attached. One Just pushes, this iiaml'.e
around In a seml-clrcle and turns the
heat on or off or half on or half off.
You can do It with your little finger.
Well, this covers most of the delights
of the second floor.
Maay Floors Alike.
And every floor above the second is
like to It until the eleventh floor is
Becond, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, sev
enth, eighth, ninth, tenth nine floors
that are identical, with the exception that
carpets and wall papers differ somewhat
Otherwise they are as like as nine pess
la a pod.'
Iloom y Is exactly like room COS and
room 809. Room IIS differs In no respect
trom room 618 and room 918. -
. If you come to the Fontenelle and re
member, that an a previous visit you had
room Ua and were pleased with It and
ask the clerk to glre you room 60 again,
and ' the clerk replies:
"Very sorry, sir. but SOD is occupied by
W. J. Dryan, a statesman of Washington,
D. C, who will speak at the Bellevue
Chautauqua tomorrow," do not be angry.
For the gentlemanly clerk will, per
haps, be able to accommodate you with
one', of the eight other rooms that are
identical . with room 609. Clever Idea,
Comfort of O atests.
And right here speaking of refinements
and care for the comfort and contentment
f guests there Is a little bit of thought-
fulness that strikes one looking over the
There Is so room No. U In the Fon
There is no room 113, nor 418, nor 113
nor any other combination of the fatal
number, the hoodoo, the nemesis.
' Search as you will, It cannot be found
because it Is not.
' The numbers otherwise go along In
Architect Tells of the
Building of Fontenelle
The story of the building of the Fonte
nelle hotel was very aptly told at the
banquet Thursday evening by Thomas R.
Kimball, the architect who designed the
structure and superintended Its construc
tion. He said in part:
"Fontenelle, scion of a noble family of
old France, son ot an Indian mother,
friend ot the white man, teacher of rlv
tllsatlon, respecter of treaties, promoter
I of peace; whoe wisdom and fearlessness
I made him chief of the trllte thst gave
ageous life was sacrificed In defense-of
his people: whose unmarked grave lies
southward in the silent wooded hills to
ward which the Missouri's waters flow,
but whose monument this building Is
typifying In Its rugged strength as It
reaches upward, his aptrtng. sterling
qualities, his persevering, patient nature
born of Indian blood symbolising In Its
adorning gotlilc crown h's grace of heart,
his courtliness of manner, his adventur
ous spirit, bequests of his proud French
ancestors. Thus his nature, high and
daring through the fusion of French and
Indian blood, Is expressed In this build
ing which bears his nsm Fontenelle
Logan Fontenelle a true brave, In birth,
In Ufa. In death!
From the ItrslnnlHtr.
"As far bark as the summer of I nil, to
my special knowledge, the name Fonte
nelle had been prnrosed for the hotel
that it was panned to build in Omaha,
and as the aspiring architect who trusted
that the projectors of that hotel would
be wise enouKh to choose him to do the
building, I hud formulated the scheme
of design that I hoped would some day
express In brick and stone an appropri
ate monument to one who has been called
Nebraska's foremost cltlxen.
"The million-dollar palace hotel is a
crsatura of our own time. It Is only
within the last twenty yonrs that any
thing of the k'nd has ever been projected
In the history of mankind, end It la a
wonderful fact that our people have so
promptly acquired the million-dollar hotel
habit. Moat of these, hotels have a strong
family likeness In plan, construction, and
even design. The Fontemdlo, the latest
of the group, presents some striking in
novations. - It lias btien built without
graft, and without even the suggestion
of It. The owner's money has bought
more dollar lor dollar than ever before
In a hotel. ' Without sacrificing any of
tho esseutlnls of a mlllion-dullar hotel.
the Fontenelle will bo turned over to Us
owners at a lower cost per guet room
and pr cubic foot than that ot any other
hotel of Its class. -i
!So Time Wasted. "
"In point of time it has been built as
fast as litis ever- before been accom
plished, and a little too fast. On the
isth day of January, Wit, (he contract
had pot been signed, and today, ono year,
one month and five days after the letting
of the contract, the Fontenelle will be
open to the public.
"In the feature of entertainment Hotel
Fontenelle gives a greater proportional
area and more floors proportionally to
public entertainment than does any other
hotel In the 1'nlted Btatea. The 330 guest
rooms are provided each with Its own
'The iistual telegraph, telephone, pneu
matic tube and other equipment Is to be
found In tho Fontenelle, the same as In
other prominent hotels, while Its special
fealurea of telautoKraph, key return serv
ice and quadruple control hardware are
only to be found In the hotels built within
very recent years. Another idea of which
the Fontenelle Is proud Is the considera
tion It he given Its help In their quarters
steady arithmetical procession on each
From No. 1 up to No. 18 not a number
But tho falsi numeral Is missing, de
cidedly missing. 1
No auest of the Fontenelle shall ever
bo exposed to the dread Influence of "13."
Never shall it be said that the owners,
managers or anyone else connected with
the famed hotel left that assassinator of
happiness, that assaulter of peace, that
murderer of joy and contentment to prey
upon Its guests.
Not while there are plenty of other
numbers Just waiting and anxious to be
placed upon these beautiful rooms.
It s a mignuy wise mi oi roresigni in
little things. And plenty of people there
are who wouldn't call this a little thing,
The eleventh and twelfth floors are
sample room" floors. They are de
signed especially for the use ot traveling
men. The roome here are even larger
than the large rooms of the floors below.
Some of them seem like dining halls for
Most of these rooms are arranged In
suites of two with communication both
through the bath room and through a
direct door. Some of the rooms on the
Inner side of the corridor are smaller
and Intended for single bedrooms.
There will be Joy among the traveling
men who come up to these rooms, so
big, so light so pleasantly overlooking
the beautiful view. Fampte rooms
couldn't be more beautiful or more suited
for their purpose.
On the eleventh floor is also an added
feature intended for men, namely the
lounge, a space 11x71 sett Just opposite
the passenger elevators. There will be
a cigar stand snd easy chairs for busi
ness men to talk over business affairs.
Also clerks and bellboys.
Arriving now at 4he thirteenth floor
we enter again the - realm of the em
ployes. lit? salmlS ???
. Here we are. as It were, again "behind
Here we see what "makes the wheels
go round," what helps to keep this great
bee hive of luxury and comfort In opera
tion. This la ths laundry where washing
machines, drying machines. Ironing ma
chines and an army of skilled men and
women fight dirt and drive it from
thousands ot piece of linen every day.
- So perfectly organised and so well
and other accessory accommodation. No
hotel In the country has so humanely
treated Its help. A -unique feature of the .
plan of this hotel is the serving of three .
great dining rooms, eny two of which
occupy more area than one entire floor,
from one kitchen, and with equally short
travel to each. The hotel Is fireproof in
the most extreme senrn of the word. It
is furnished end decorated and equipped
with furniture that uompares favorably
with any hotel in Now York City.
"In Uie dining room, particularly, Ed
ward llolslag has excelled even his own
excellent reputation as a decorator.
Ballt for "trenalli.
"The engineering: features of the hotl
have cost mora In proportion to the whole
cost than Is true of any other hotel of
its rlase. The double entrance feature,
made possible by the grade of the streets,
has resulted tn giving one floor over to
the entertainment of men. The messanlne
and lobby being more Intimately asso
ciated and more attractive in consequence
to the feminine guests of the'house. The
very important element of hotel patron-'
age, the American traveling man, is taken
care of In this hotel tn a way that he has
never before been treated. The top two,
the best floors of the building, have been
dnvnted to Ills' particular entertainment,
a feature which I am sure will be greatlv
appreciated by the traveling man him
self. For other Items of Interest you are
cordially Invited to maku a tour of the
building and see for yourself.
Praises Ills Client.
"In letting Hotel Fontenelle speak for
Itself as I have proposed to do, I am
struck with the idea that there may come,
perhaps, too much credit to the architect ;
therefore, I want to say in no uncertain
terms that no auch building would have
been possible for any less considerate
client. Hy that I mean that tho way In
which tho Douglas Hotel company hs
made the architect's effort count Is noth
ing short of remarkable; that no such
building would have been possible for any
other tenant No one will ever know to
what extent the genius nnd experience of
William B. Burbank have beenjwllt Into
lasting materials In this building; no such
building would have been at all probabU
In the hands of any less a building gen
eral than C. R. Vaughn, vice president ot
the Belden-Breck Construction company,
and It Is quite possible that no such build
ing might have materialised with any lei"
enthusiastic architect, whose enthusiasm,
by the way, goes so far sa to desire here
to record his gratltudo to every one who '
has worked upon the building, and espe
cially to hla'contfuUltuT engineers, Neller,
itlch Co., and to his own office force,
of which he la very proud.
Uood for the City.
"What a hotel may mean to a city is
expressed In a dispatch Just received from
one of the foremost cltlxens of Syracuse.
I will read it: ....
Greeting and congratulations. If , the
Fontenelle does for J'2ah w.h llt,?
Onondaxa haa dons for Syracuse, and It
WUI, th? Fontenelle will be the best thins
that ever happened to Omaha.
"When Hotel Fontenelle haa had an op-,
portunlty to speak for itself I feel confi
dent that It will be pronounced a success.,
but nothing Is a success in the present
century that does not succeed financially
as well. Before I close I want to enter
a vigorous plea for the present effort In
behalf of this hotel . enterprise and its
tenant, our new cltlscn. William R. Bur
bank. Let us Join together, remembering
that It la our hotel and that Mr. Burbank
haa publicly announced that 'It Is built
for us to enjoy,' and let each of u do hi
part toward making it the most success
tut hotel In the whole country." ,
equipped Is this army that guests' laundry
sent tn before a. m. will be returned
all fresh and clean the same day.
Every piece of machinery here la the
latest type. Some machines are ot later
typo than found elsewhere in the west.
For example, there is a power darner
which can do a powerful lot of darning
and do It "powerful quick."
Typically large and light and airy quar
ttr are provided also on this floor for
the women employes, two being assigned
to each room. There Is also a recreation
ai.d rest room for them anl a laundry
for their own linen., where they have
plenty ot hot water, stationary tubs,
electric Iron, etc.
Fdller description of this floor I given
lu another part of this section.
- Vp another floor and we come to the
topmost, the fourteenth. This Is given
over to the carpenter shop, the paint
shop and the upholstery shop.
These will be busy place's with a ta-ff
of employes who will be constantly em
ployed In making such repairs a are In
continual demand In a large hotel.
Thus the top two floor and the bottom
two floor the latter underground-are
used for operation connected, with run
ning the hotel.
- Below Gross.
,' The activities that go on In the bottom
two floors, ths basement and aubbase
ment. are described elsewhere in this
section. They have principally to da
with steam and vacuum cleaner machine
and refrigerating machines and air com
pressing machines, and many other kind
' These lower region are Inhabited by a
grimy-faced and greasy-handed tribe ot
men who are skilled in the arcane of
machines and boilers and wheel and cyl
inder and the like. Without theas me a
the hotel could not opets,te. It would be
a big. cold place and moat of the refine
ments of convenience and luxury wouldn't
operate. We must give credit to the met
in the lower regions.
There Is a faint Idea of the fair Fon
tenelle. And now, perhaps a few figures, which
are homely things, but informative. wi4
As ts the Slae.
Tre Fontenelle building has aM t4
frontage on Douglas street and 124 feet
art Eighteenth street
(Continued on Page Twenty COL Four.)