Burns, John R.

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Record 181/2101
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Photographer Parker's Studio or M. M. Hazeltine
Description John R. Burns, propriator of Warshauer Hotel. "This popular hostelry occupies the most magnificent and costly building in the city. It is a source of pride to its inhabitants. The enterprise of our business men could not be better as demonstrated than to point to this really handsome building, which cost the sum of $65,000. Sixty-five thousand dollars is a large sum of money-how large may be generally appreciated by taking a general and particular glance at the building and its furniture which stands as a property value for that amount of money. First we will observe the building and its exterior. We see an imposing three-story brick structure, occupying a quarter of a block. Through the polished plate glass windows we may observe the elegance of its interior before we enter for they admit so much light is quite as bright within as without. On entering we find that the promise given of elegance in furnishings does not disappoint. On the first floor is a fine office which is supplied with the usual accessories both for clerks and patrons. Adjoining this we find a large commercial room supplied with tables for writing, with pens, ink and paper, and the latest newspapers. Adjoining the office, through a hallway, is the dining room, with a seating capacity for two hundred people. Across the hall from the office we find the sample room, where none but high grade goods are served by experienced mixologists. The club room adjoins and on passing through an aisle we reach the lavatories. The kitchen adjoins the dining room on the right, it is provided with a competent force of cooks, and everything appertaining to it is as cleanly as a well kept lawn. Any guest is at liberty to inspect the kitchen, and the writer will guarantee he will find no refuse, except in a covered box outside, made for that purpose. and which is emptied of its contents daily. Ascending to the floor above, by either the elevator or a spacious staircase, we find a number of elegant rooms, either ensuite or single. They are furnished as completely as a home giving one a sense of comfort not to be found in Oregon outside of Portland. The parlor occupies a corner of the building furnishing an excellent view of the main streets. It combines simplicity with elegance, and offers its own mute invitation to the guest to enjoy its luxuries. The third floor is of the same general character, the same cleanliness being observed there, as in all other portions of the building. The building is provided with electric lights, hot and cold water, bath rooms and so forth. It would not be amiss to speak of the five mineral cabinets, three in the office and two in the sample room, as they comprise the finest collection in the city. The "Arlington" Hotel, which is under the same management, also occupies one of the main corners of the city. It is a two-story brick, with forty rooms for the commercial trade. The staff of help amounts to twenty-four people, all under the personal supervision of the proprietor. Mr. Burns is a native of Cardiff, South Wales, England, and a graduate of Hammersmith's College, London. He has been a resident of Baker City since 1880, and became engaged in the hotel business three years later. Socially and fraternally he is very popular, being an enthusiastic Elk and Knight, and an amateur musician of some note."
Source: p. 10, Souvenir Edition. Morning Democrat, Bowen & Small, Publishers, May 20th, 1898.
Object ID 1980.1.529
Place Baker City
COPYRIGHT INFORMATION: Credit Baker County Library, Baker City, Oregon

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