Death in the Primrose Hotel Chapter 2 cont’d….

While the architecture of the rooms were unadorned, the rooms were furnished with modern Art Deco styled furniture. The beds, dressers and desks had stainless steel frames. The beds had feather pillows and down filled mattresses. The head and foot boards were upholstered with brilliant neon colored fabric of the same material as the dining room chairs. Each floor had its own color scheme even to the linens and towels,” Madeline said. “The Primrose Hotel was a grand palace said to be the equal of the best hotels in New York City, and it was right here in Mossville.”
“The bathrooms were the most modern money could buy in 1921. Each toilet tank hung on the wall above the commode and was boxed in a mahogany cabinet. The tank had a brass pull chain with a decorative porcelain pull hanging at the bottom of the chain. The sink was incorporated into a mahogany console. The bathtubs were new porcelain claw foot tubs also enclosed in mahogany cabinetry. The walls were white subway style ceramic tile set horizontally and the floor was an inch by an inch square black and white ceramic tile set in a checkerboard pattern.”
We crowded into the elevator and rode up to the seventh floor and went into room 701. It was one of two elegant penthouses suites on the seventh floor consisting of a living room with a fireplace, a large master bedroom. Off the bedroom was a large luxurious bathroom with a tub and a built in shower. Through the bathroom was the second smaller bedroom. Beige linen covered the walls in the living room and both bedrooms capped off with plaster crown molding where the walls met the ceiling.
“This is the suite that in the late twenties Patsy Barrow, the silent movie star climbed into a bathtub of hot water, opened her wrists with a straight razor and bled to death when she learned that she was being dropped from the studio roster because she failed her sound test. They said her voice sounded somewhere between chalk being scraped across a blackboard and a screeching hawk. The next day Chicago mobster Johnny Torrio stayed in this very same suite while his protege stayed in suite 702 across the hall. The protege’s name was Al Capone,” Madeline said with a smile.


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