This was originally Mills House No. 1, a residential hotel built for working-class bachelors who couldn’t afford to live alone. It was constructed as two twelve-story blocks, each containing 750 bedrooms and common toilets to serve them. All of the bedrooms had windows overlooking the street or a large interior courtyard, and the building also included smoking rooms, reading rooms, lounges, and restaurants. The price for all of this, including elevator service, was twenty cents a night. It was converted to apartments (with considerably higher rents) in 1976.
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