Northern Hotel, c. 1905, on the corner of Walnut Street and College Avenue
The City of Fort Collins is to be congratulated on having in its midst live business men possessed of such enterprise and public spirit as are manifested by the fact that some months ago a number of them combined to erect a strictly first-class commercial and family hotel. It is admitted that there is no class of institution which exercises so wide an influence and has so important a bearing upon the general character of a city than its leading and most representative hotels. It is here that a visitor gets his first and last impression of the city, and accordingly as he is favorably or unfavorably inclined towards the hostelry of his temporary place of abode, just in that measure and degree he is pleased with the community in which it is located.
The new hotel which is in course of erection is to be ready for occupancy on or before September next. It is located at the corner of North College avenue and Walnut street, and is to consist of a substantial three-storied pressed brick building containing 70 large, comfortable and luxuriously furnished bedrooms, large dining hall, and spacious sample rooms which are to be on the ground floor. The building will be provided with steam heat throughout, and will have the electric light and stationery wash bowls with hot and cold water in every room. It will have an excellent telephone service, public and private baths, and will equal in elegance, luxury, and all essential comforts of home life any hotel which can be found in any city of the West. An idea of the magnitude and splendor of the structure and furnishings may be gathered from the fact that the same will cost about $80,000.
Fort Collins Wall Paper & Paint Company
When we consider the activity in the building trade that has been so prevalent in Fort Collins during the past year or so, it is small wonder that we find being established in our midst representatives of the trade upon which rests the painting and decorating of our homes. The above named company was established about six months ago and undertakes house and sign painting, kalsomining, graining, glazing and gilding. The proprietor, Mr. Charles Beffrey, furnishes estimates on all kinds of painting on shortest notice, and has been successful in obtaining a very fair share of the work performed lately in his line. He has a number of experienced employees and can be relied on at all times to perform his work carefully and thoroughly, whether the same is contract or jobbing. Mr. Beffrey is a native of France, but has been in this country for many years. He is an artistic and skillful tradesman, and, like many more of our merchants, came here from Colorado Springs.