Rather simple and restrained, as befits the colonial spirit. The picture of the hotel suggests that it stood alone in a great flat plain, surrouned by scurrying beetles.

Like many great hotels of the late 20s, it was a missed opportunity. At least that's how many architectural critics regarded its historical design. Why couldn't they go modern, streamlined, stripped-down, futuristic? Good question. But this was still the style of money and ease, and it won.

The Crash hit shortly after it opened. Lamentable timing.