Mansard House Opening Ball

The Mansard House

Grand Ball Last Wednesday Night in Honor of the Opening of This Superb Hotel.

One of the most auspicious events of the season took place on Wednesday evening of last week in Griggs & McCormack’s Hall, the occasion being the celebration of the opening of the Mansard House, recently built and elegantly furnished by Capt. H. E. Maloney.  At an early hour in the evening the spacious hall was well filled with a gay throng, and but a brief interval elapsed before music commenced and the devotees of Terpsichore were passing through the varied and complicated changes.  Dancing continued without cessation until the hour refreshments were served, when about ninety couples sat down to the excellent repast set before them by Captain and Mrs. Maloney.  Subsequently dancing was renewed and continued until the wee small hours of the night, when the happy party dispersed to their homes, voting the occasion a very pleasant one and wishing the fullest measure of success to the genial landlord of the new hotel.

The Mansard House is situated on the corner of DeMers and Fourth streets, is a three story building 24×49 (could be 40), with mansard roof, and is built and furnished throughout in accordance with Capt. Maloney’s idea of what a cozy little hotel should be.  The office, dining room, kitchen, washroom, baggage room, etc., occupy the ground floor, while on the second floor, in a pleasant and slightly location, is the ladies’ parlor, besides seven large bedrooms, closets, etc., some of them being adapted for use of families.  On the third floor are nine rooms, all of good size, well lighted and pleasantly situated.  The plastering was done by Messrs. Blair & Briggs and the painting by Williams Bros.  Both jobs are well done, and indicate unmistakably the skill which these gentlemen are known to possess.  The good features of the hotel are noticeable through all parts of the house, and without enumerating them we have only to say that the Mansard is now in all its appointments equal to the best, and the public will find it one of the most comfortable and home-like hotels in the Northwest.  (Grand Forks Herald, Thursday, June 26, 1879, Volume I, Number 1, Page 1)


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