Death in the Primrose Hotel Chapter 2 cont’d…

“Placed around the room,” Madeline continued, “Were six fake palm trees with their bases encased in boxes of the same black marble. The trees are gone now but you can still see the marble boxes. Oh, this was a beautiful place,” Madeline sighed. She paused as she appeared to be lost in her memories.
“To the right, off the lobby was the Primrose Restaurant. Within weeks of the hotel’s opening, the restaurant was the best place in Mossville to enjoy an elegant dinner. Everybody who was anybody in Mossville dined here at least once a week, sometimes more often. The Art Deco styling continued into the restaurant with the modern stainless steel and glass tables. The chairs had matching stainless steel frames but were richly upholstered in brilliant colored fabrics. But the restaurant was only a single story tall giving it a more intimate feel. The black and white checkerboard floor continued into the restaurant. Also continued in the restaurant were the marble encased fake palm tree. As the fame of the restaurant grew and more people wanted to dine here the palm trees were removed in the mid twenties to make room for more tables.
“But what really made the restaurant popular was the food. The primrose Hotel owners stole Executive Chef Henri Mathieu away from a very famous restaurant in Paris, France. Mathieu roughly translates into “gift of God” and he thought his cuisine he was just that, a mathieu,” Madeline chuckled at her little word play, then continued. “Much later I found out that Mathieu was being paid the unheard of amount in those days of five hundred dollars a week. He wouldn’t take any input or suggestions or directions from anybody including Edwin Bruton, the hotel owner and his boss.
“Our tour will take us through this lobby, the restaurant, the new bar lounge opened after the repeal of Prohibition. We will also tour some of our more famous rooms. Rooms that gave overnight rest to movie stars, heads of state and heads of criminal enterprises; sometimes all at the same time.” Madeline said with a laugh.
“The fancy Art Deco architecture stopped on the first floor. The seven stories of rooms above were stylish and comfortable hotel rooms. The Primrose Hotel had one new and innovated modern design feature,” Madeline said. “Each room had its own bathroom tub with shower.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s