Rogers Hotel Opens, August 18, 1915
- From the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, August 19th, 1915:
WHEELING’S NEWEST HOSTELRY OPENED TO PUBLIC YESTERDAY
IS LOCATED ON FOURTEENTH STREET BETWEEN MARKET AND CHAPLINE.
Construction Work Done by Local Contractors—Bell Company Installs House System.
The Rogers Hotel, the newest venture in the hotel business in West Virginia, and one of the up to date hostelries of the state was opened to the public yesterday. The building is located midway between Market and Chapline on Fourteenth street. It will be under the management of W. D. Fulmer, formerly head clerk at the Windsor. Mr. Fulmer has also had considerable experience in hotels in Akron, Cleveland and other towns in the great lakes district. He is said to be one of the best hotel men in the city at the present time and the result of the “Rogers” is assured.
The front of the presents a handsome appearance. It is constructed of a deep red brick, with a handsome marquise over the main entrance leading to the lobby. The color scheme and lighting on the interior of the building is of such as to arouse the admiration of all who have seen it.
On the first floor is located the office, lobby, telephone booths, private telephone exchange, elevators and baggage room in addition to the office. The lobby is beautifully done in white marble, with a wide old fashioned fire place and the decorations are beautifully blended so as to carry out a most attractive color scheme.
The Rogers carries a new idea in hotel business in this vicinity.
The plumbing and heating of this building is worthy of special mention. Each room is equipped with a private bath. These baths are either tub or shower and are sanitary in every respect. The water is supplied throughout the building through two 60 inch Scaife Filters, this insures a large supply of clear water at all times. The hot water supply comes from a 600 gallon automatic heater and is so arranged that an instant supply can be had in any room in the building. The building is heated by "The 'Moline' system of Vacuum heating. Both the plumbing and heating were installed by Wm. Hare’s Sons, of Wheeling and is one of the many similar jobs Installed by them in this city.
Bell Telephone System.
In its desire to be thoroughly modern, the hotel has not overlooked the value of telephone service. A private switchboard, connected with the Bell Central office by two trunks, serves the seventy-five telephone stations of the new hotel. A telephone has been placed in each guest room, and in addition, a sufficient number of telephones installed to care for the needs of the hotel management. This makes it possible for the guests of the Rogers to call any one in the hotel, any of the 9300 Bell telephones in the Wheeling Exchange area, or any of the more than 8,000,000 Bell telephones in the United States with the least possible trouble.
The building is constructed of absolutely fire proof material, it being entirely of concrete and steel. Practically the only inflammable material used in the construction is the window and door casings and baseboard. This makes it as nearly fireproof as a building can be constructed. Special mention might be made of the large and roomy sample rooms that are provided for traveling men.
The J E. Mosa Iron Works, of Wheeling, had one of the largest contracts on the building as they furnished and erected all the fireproofing, consisting of Bergers Metal and Lumber construction for the floors, roof and partitions. This construction is absolutely fireproof and has met with great favor by all leading architects and authorities on fireproof construction. The Moss Iron Works also manufactured and erected the structural steel work, consisting of the stairways, lobby, stair railings and elevator grilles.
This company has installed some the largest and finest work in the city and throughout the state, and this building speaks well for the class of work turned out by them. The fabricating plant located Twenty-eighth street is considered one of the most up to date plants in this community.
The H. Northwood company supplied the lighting, glassware, through the McKelvey-Ewing Electric company. The Cornice skylights and Marquise was furnished and erected by the General Manufacturing company, of Nineteenth street. The Home Outfitting company, of Main street, furnished the furniture and floor covering. The light and power is furnished by the Wheeling Electric company.
The Wheeling Wall Plaster company furnished the plaster for the entire building. The Wheeling Tile company furnished the tile used in the floors. The Philip Carey company furnished the Flexible cement roof and Corbin builders’ hardware, furnished by the Greer & Laing company was used througbout the building.
The complete electrical installation was made by the McKelvey-Ewing company. The plain and ornamental plastering was done by the W. A. Stoetzer company. L. W. Selvey & Sons were in charge of the painting and decorating. The H. A. Lemmon & Company installed the tile bathrooms with showers and the tile floor in the lobby. The F. P. Jones company furnished the Claycraft facebrick, rive-sand and gravel, Universal Portland cement, Greendale mantel brick, "Symentrix" Waterproofing paint, fireproofing tile, whalebone wall ties and mortar color.