New York City, NY Metropolitan Hall Fire, Jan 1854
TREMENDOUS FIRE IN NEW YORK.
METROPOLITAN HALL AND LAFARGE HOTEL BURNED.
New York, 9th.
The Metropolitan Hall and LaFarge Hotel are totally consumed. The Hotel was the most splendid in the U.S., and cost nearly $750,000 -- partially insured.
The immense pile of buildings on Broadway, known as Metropolitan Hall, including the new and splendid LaFarge Hotel, was totally destroyed by fire, early this morning. Several adjoining buildings, on Broadway and Mercer sts. were also greatly damaged. The Hotel had a large frontage on Broadway, built in the costliest style of marble, and extending back to Mercer St.
The Metropolitan was formerly known as Tripler Hall. The fire commenced in the Hall at 1 o'clock. In about 2 hours, the whole building was in ruins. Loss must be very large, as next to the St. Nicholas, the LaFarge was the most costly in the city. The hotel was unoccupied -- not being entirely finished. The weather was intensely cold, and the firemen worked to much disadvantage. Nothing was left of the hotel and hall but the walls, and they were entirely leveled by the firemen today.
Milwaukee Daily Sentinel Wisconsin 1854-01-10