Record and Guîde.
'pleted it witl In addition to its present lines'havea trolley line extending
trom lOflth street down through Columbus avenue to 53d street, and
Ihrough 53d street to 6th avenue, and thence through 6th avenue and West
4th street and South 5th avenue and West Broadway and College place
(extended) to Greenwieh street and thus togthe Battery, with coD"ecting
linea to all the Nortti Kiver ferries,
On the East Sĩde it wiU have a cable or. electvic (stovage battery) line
through Lexington avenue, from42d street to 9Sth atreet, and, when the
avenue is opened, to the Harlem River, with a cross-town eonnection
through ll6th street, westwavd to Morningside Park, with the Weat tíide
system, At 42d street it will connectwith the Houston, West Street &
Pavonia Perry line, with ití southem terminua at the Chambers Street
Feiry, but with oonnectĩona with the Bvoadway, 6th avenue, 9th avenue,
and Dow the Belt lines, and with the Bleecker street, Chambera street and
Metropolitan cross-town lĩnes.
Mr, Crimmins said also tbat the plan to secure control of the Belt Line
and to combine it with the consolidated ayatem had durĩng the week been
accompliabed. Amajorityof the stock had been purchased at $150 for
f 100 shares, although the company had never paid iuterestland dividends
on a hígher vaiuation than $135 per share and wouíd probably prove a
poor investment for the present purchasers unless tbey were allowed to
change the motive power from horses to the troUey, Mr. Crimmĩns aho
said tbat it was the intention of the company to lay a cable road in lOth
avenue from its Dorthern estremity down to the Boulevard, where it
would connect with the Broadway line, thus afEording another important
through line from the business, ahopping aud theatre districts to the upper
For some weeks the company has been experimenting with a new storage
battery alectric motor on 9th avenue, Mr, Crimmins waa not prepared to
aay much about it, except that thus far it appeared to work aatisfactorily,
and if time should demonstrate that it was llnaucially as well as mechani-
cally effective, it would probably be adopted by the'company. He said he
wasalwaysready togive any new invention in electric traction a show,
for everybody believed tbat it wasonly aquestion of time now when tbe
Etorage battery wi u d be so pevfected that it would supersede all othep
forms o£ tractton, s cafvi included, He only wished, in common with the
universal public s o'iment, that the inventor, wbo would one day oake
discovery of the great secret and thus win undyÍDg fame and unlimited
fortune, would hurry up about it.
The Amidon Apartment Houee.
Í COMMUNIC ATED, 1
The newly-completed " Amidon " is one of the finest apartment houses íd
the city. It has been erected on the northwest comer of the Boulevard
and S3d streot by James Rufus Amidon, and occupies one of the most com-
roanding siteson theWest Side. Itisnear Riverside Drive and Central
Park, andfrom its upper wiudows a mBgnificent view is obtained of the
Hudson River and the Palîsades on the one side and the Grand Boulevard
and Central Park on the other. It is nearly ready fpr occupancy, and
nearly half the suites are already rented.
with supportÍDg columns in the same material. The vestibule and hall
floors are in mosaíc work and the wainscotinga in Numidian marble aDd
Mesican oDyx. A ladies' reception-room leads from the main ha.l, but the
decorative work is not yet completed. The walls and ceilings are,
however, to be tastefully decorated in white and gold and the furnĩshÍDgs
are to ba of an artistic character, one of the features being á handsome
mantel of special design. Tbe main haÍI is 10 feet wide and 30 feet in^
longth, and the decorations arein cream and gold, elegantly designed In
Facing the entrance, at the end of the hallway, is the elevator. The
visitor, on ascendÍDg, fiads himaelf in a suite of rooms laid out more with
the aspect of a private residence than an apartment bouse. Nearly every
room in the building bas a bvight, sunny and cheerful outlook, and each
auitehasaprivateball, inaddition to amain hall from whicbthe elevator ÍB
The ãoor plan of the various auĩtes is a model of good arrangement, and
suggests a combination of the architect, the builder and the housewife'a
forsthought. The general featute of the plan consists in the grouping of
what may be termed the reception-rooms apart from the liviog-rooma.
Each room is entered from tbe privato hall. The parlor, library and din-
ing-room in the various suites communicate together aud can be thrown
into one for reception purposes. ĩn case of necessity a fourtb room cau be
added in several of the suites.
The appointments are in excellent taste. The parlora and libraries are
decorated in white enamel and gold leaf, the parlors having handaome
mantels, the styles of decoration adopted being LouisQuinze, Renaissance,
Rococo and Louis Seize. Tbe dinlDg-rooms are in quartered oak, with oak
fioors, and have large mantels, mirrora and open fíreplaces.
Tbe kitchens are unusually large for au apártment bouse, and bave gas
ranges. Tbe servants have a bedroom and toilet-room adjoin^Dg, wbila
beyoDd there isabutler'spantry, abath-room and a bed-cbamber. Tbe
bath-rooms all have porcelain tubs, and tiled floors and walla, the plumbing
being a special feature.
Tbe bardwoods used in the trim are mabogany, oak, ash and sycamore,
all beautifully poliahed, Every room has one or two closets, in addition
toaæplecloset-room provided in the halls. Electric lighta and flitures
are supplied throughout the entire building, the Amidon having its own
electric plant. It ia also heated by steam. The pIumbÍDg is of the highest
aanitary charactar. aud the ventilation ĩs excellent throughout.
The Amidon differs fvom the majority of apartment houses built in New
York, in so far as it bas been erected as an investment. This evidently
accounts for the large ezpenditure made on theproperty, and for the high
cbaracter o.f ĩts construction aud tfae excellence of its appointmeDts.
X HEALTHT BSPANSION.
Wiishaw Sr. Co., representativelimibermeD, have purchased the property,
Nos. 2S1 and 233 Lewis street, as an addítion to their already ext«Dsive
yarda, which they adjũÍQ. This will largeiy increaee their faciiities for
atoring and handliug stock, Their flne cabinet woods and veneera, oí
which they carry large stocks, are especially adaptable to interior work.
Northwest comer noulevard anã S2ã street.
Tho building occupies a frontage of 138 feet on 83d street and 70 feet on
the Boulevard, and contains twenty-eigbt suites of apartments, eacb com-
prising seven rooms and batb,
The architect, E, L. Angell, has followed the ĩtalian Renaissance in the
design of tha exterior. The front ia of marble up to the flrst story and
light brick and terra cotta above. The ghades of tha materials used har-
monize admirably. Thereare numerous arched windows on bol h fronts,
and tbe geueral effect is sufficiently imposing to cause those who paas by in
camage or on íoot to arreat their progreaa for amoment and eipress their
The building, which is seven atories high, is entered frora tbe street.
Tbe vestibula is approacbed through a fine arcbed doorway in marble,
EOMB EU.ND601UE SHOWaCOMS.
It is doubtful if, in their line, the newly-refltted "whîte and gold" ^iĩ.
" Colonial" showrooms of J. S. Conover & Co., at Nos. 28 and 30 Wost 2Sd
fitreet, have ever been excelled for artistic arrangement and ÛDĨsb. A
visit to them would be an object-leason in interior decoratiODi. The new
patterns in flreplaces and mantels are beautiful in design, *' and cheaper
than ever," Mr. Conover said, because of the addítion of many improve-
mentsto their manufacturiug facilítiea. , J. S. Conover & Co. were the
successful competitors for tbe fumishing and setting of mante.ls, tile-work,
eto., for the Dew Savoy Hotel and the United Charities' Building.
Messrs. Meeker & Carter deSire us to say that it waa Mr. George A.
Kelly, of the Staten Island Terra Cotta LumbM- Company, who obtained
the contract for fire-prooflng the addition'to the Hotel Beresford. In last
week's issue tbis wals mistakenly credited to them, Théy say also that the
arcbes " are built od the end construction plan which we strongly advo-
cate." The errors arose tbrougb a misunderstanding of the reporter.
J. B. Kiug & Co. are the proprietora, at 24 State street, of tbo Windsor
cement, which is specified to be used in the Fassadena Eotel, at Passadena,
N. J., and in the Postal Telegraph Co.'a buiiding, at Broadwayand Warren
street. Messrs. Harding & Oooch, the architects, were so well pleased
with the results of its use ĩn the HoUand House, tbat they speciãed ĩt for
the Postal Telegrapb building and Mutual Reserve Lifa Associatioa
TO HAVE NKW WATKB-WORKS. '
Heury R. Wortbington, who has been commissioned to supply the
hydraulic engines and water works for the World's Fair at Chicago, hai
been awarded contracts for additional water works for Cleveland, O., and
Evie, Pa, At Cleveland be wíU put in a 15,000,000 gallon high duty engine,
aud at Evie one oí 13,000,000 gailon capacity.
NSW FEATtTBES OF THK " COSMOPOLITAN."
The Cosmopolitan Magazine has made two announcementa which are
likely to whet anticipation £or tbe forthcoming numbers. The article by
President Plant, of the Plant system of Railway and Steamships trans-
portation in the October number is but the first of a series 4esigned to
make the reader tborougbly acquainted with the ten great raílway systems
o£ the country—Ihe causea which haTe led to their development, the terrl-