St. Charles Hotel

     "This house, which fronts on St. Charles street, and occupies about three quarters of the large square bounded by St. Charles, Carondelet, Common and Gravier streets, is one of the handsomest hotel structures in America. Those who have traveled much assert that the front, with its massive columns, many windows and imposing cornice, is unequalled for beauty and grandeur by any in this country. The magnificent furniture, commodious rooms, and sumptuous table of the St. Charles enjoyed a wide reputation in ante-bellum days, which has been well maintained since the war, under management of Col. Robert E. Rivers." -- Waldo, 1879