(Portland). c. 1900s - 1910s. 1st Printing. 20 pp. unnumbered. 10-2/8" x 7". White card stock wrappers, embossed upper wrappers with gilt, textured white leaves, with categorical tabs, printed in red and black, held together by a red cord tie and stapled, now housed in a mylar sleeve. A VG copy. Soiling wrappers (upper wrapper with possible water damage?), tie a bit frayed and sunned, some red and black ink markings - adjusting and adding menu items, light soiling to some leaves as well as some faint age toning to edges. Overall, a nice bright copy. Item #47219
"Railroad magnate Henry Villard financed the Portland Hotel and construction began in 1882, but his finances collapsed—in part because of the Panic of 1884—and the construction stopped for five years. With only the foundation completed, the site became known as "Villard's Ruins" and the bodies of two murder victims were found there before construction resumed. George B. Markle, Jr. began a campaign to raise local money to complete the hotel. He generated enough interest and subscribers to his plan, among them Henry W. Corbett, Henry Failing, Simeon Reed and William S. Ladd, to get construction started again. Later investors included labor leader Ed Boyce. The Queen Anne, Châteauesque hotel finally opened in 1890 and had eight floors and 326 bedrooms. It had cost well over a million dollars and eight years to complete." [wiki]
The hotel closed in 1951 and all the furniture was sold at auction.