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FREMANTLE IMPROVEMENTS. REBUILDING OF THE NATIONAL HOTEL. Messrs. Mulcahy Bros., the well-known hotel proprietors,have just made arrange Inents for'the zebuilding of the old Na tional Hotel, on the corner of High and Market streets, Fremantle. They ea trusted Mr. Louis Pearce, architect, with the preparation of plans for an up to-date and commodious hotel, worthy of the position referred.to, and Mr. Peares succeeded in satisfying their wishes to such an extent that, in a few days, a contract will be let for replacing the pre sent two-storied National Hotel with a handsome structure, to contain practical ly five storeys, including a roomy base ment. The property has frontages of 70ft. to High-street, and 56ft. to Market street, and the plans provide for the eco nomic utilisation of the whole of this space, either for building, yard, or right of-way purposes. The new hotel will be constructed of stone and brick, the stone forming the foundations and the lower portions of the walls. It will contain be- tween fifty and sixty rooms, in each of which excellent provision has been made for lighting, ventilation, convenience. and general comfort. and, in addition, it will have spacious stairways and corri dors, an asphalted and well-drained yard. a right-of-way (leading from Market street), excellent sanitary arrange ments, escape ladders, and a total length of 450ft. of balconies, of about 9ft. in width. The rooms range in height from 13ft. on the ground floor to 12ft. on the other floors, while the total height of the walls is 45ft.. and the height from the pavement of the footpaths to the top or the dome, which will surmount the build ing, is 70ft., the flagstaff on the dome b - ing provided to extend a further 21ft. into the air. The basement will contain a very large kitchen, scullery, storeroom, servants' dining-room, larder, three cel lars, and two wine storerooms. On the ground floor will be a main public bar, bottling department, bar parlour, wide entrance halls, saloon bar (with a lift connecting with a smoking-room on the next floor), and a billiard-room. The next floor will contain, among other apartments, a dining-room (80ft. long by 22ft. wide), a drawing-room (16ft. long by 12ft. wide), and a commercial-room (20.6ft. long by 12ft. wide). On the next floor will be two sitting-rooms and 13 bedrooms, with bathrooms, lavatories, etc.; while on the top floor will be 11 bedrooms, a laundry, a drying loft, etc. The architect has, throughout, apparent ly, striven to produce something which will reflect the highest credit upon lis profession, and wlhen the building is comn pleted, it should form a valuable adeli tion to the architecture of Fremantle. It is anticipated that the erection of the new hotel will cost between £7,000 and £8,000, and that it will cccupy from four to five months. Messrs. Mulcahy Bros., who are ihe owners of the National Hotel. property, conduct at hlie present time no less than seven large hotels in Western Australia. three of their houses being situated in Fremantle, three in Boulder, and one in Perth.

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