[Oops, an correction is in order here, I confused the Cosmopolitan seen here with an earlier post about the Central Hotel which was seen in a photograph from 1883 in an earlier post. Thanks to Jack Krege for phone call.]
This will likely be the last post on the Cosmopolitan Hotel but I could not resist including it.
The advertisement from July, 26, 1876 shows a prosperous four floor establishment on Monterey Street, stage coach pulled up outside and a flag pole in the street.
Wait, four floors?
The building seen in the picture just seven years later was two floors and there was no flagpole in the street. The porch is different and the architectural details do not match.
Was an original etching of the actual building too expensive so a generic stock image was used in the ad? Did it burn down and was it replaced with a more modest building? Did a flying saucer come and disintegrate the upper floors before the photo was made?
Did the building actually have seventy-five elegant style rooms with parlors?
That would be 150 rooms on two floors not including the reading room, bath rooms and saloon.
Even without parlors 75 a lot of rooms on two floors.
Or were the owners of the establishment stretching the truth to look like they were bigger and better than other boarding houses in town?
Don’t try to book a room online, the property is now a parking lot next to the old Muzio’s building.