Thursday, August 7, 2014

Those Places Thursday: Prince William Hotel

May 19, 1905 Manassas Journal

1912 Postcard

The Evening Star (Washington, DC)
March 20, 1909

FOR SALE OR EXCHANGE - THE PRINCE WILLIAM HOTEL at Manassas, Virginia, one hour's ride from Washington, D.C., on the main line of the Southern railway.  Erected in 1904 at a cost of $47,500.  Contains about thirty rooms, exclusive of large parlor, writing room, lobby, rathskeller, large room formerly used as a bar, dining room capable of accommodating one hundred guests, storerooms, kitchen, barber shop and cellar.

The building is equipped with modern plumbing, porcelain bathtubs, hot and cold water, steam heat and is lighted by acetylene gas, the gas plant belonging to the property.  The furniture is complete in every detail and of the very best quality.  There is abundance of household and table linen, china of a special design, silverware, kitchen utensils, etc.

The kitchen is equipped with the best hotel range, steam table, warming closet, etc.  The water supply is excellent in quality and abundant in quantity.  The lot on which the hotel is built contains over three acres.  The lawn in front of the house is well shaded and is very prettily decorated with flower beds and shrubbery.

For terms apply to American Security and Trust Company, Cor. 15th and Pa. ave., n.w.

The Evening Star (Washington, DC)
December 15, 1910


MANASSAS, Va, December 13 -- The Prince William Hotel caught fire this morning about 6:30 o'clock, and by 8 o'clock was entirely destroyed.  This hotel was built several years ago by the late Robert Portner, the millionaire brewer, and equipped at a cost of $10,000.  After his death the property was sold to Eastern College for school purposes, but two months ago it was leased to W. R. Lucas of Warrenton for hotel purposes.  There were thirteen guests in the hotel this morning, and although no lives were lost, most of them lost their baggage.  All the Eastern College buildings at Front Royal were destroyed by fire two years ago, after which the college moved to Manassas.

The origin of today's fire is unknown.  The loss is partially covered by insurance, and will reach between thirty and forty thousand dollars.

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