1940s (?) Colonial Hotel Addition
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This addition was added to the back of the Colonial Hotel in
the 1940s (?)
1931 Colonial Hotel
Now Colonial Apartments
Colonial Hotel Famous
Throughout The Land
McKean County Democrat Thursday, August 15, 1946
Converted from one of the finest and largest of private dwellings ever
erected in this section of Pennsylvania, the Colonial Hotel in Smethport
is acknowledged by those who express pretence as one of the leading hostelries
along the thousands of miles of U.S. Route 6.
Owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Monsch who purchased the hotel
from the late Mr. Munn. In October 1941. The Colonial has progressed with
the times. The numerous patrons of the Colonial benefit from the years
of experience compiled by Mr. Monsch in this country and in his native
Mr. Monsch was born in Switzerland, on June 6, 1896. He received his training
in the hotel business in the Union Heivella in Lucerne and after coming
to the United States in 1921 he studied at the Lewis Hotel Training School
in Washington D.C. His professional experience in the business included
service with several of the leading hotels of Switzerland, England and
Italy from 1913 until 1920.
After coming to this country he held leading positions in several of the
better country clubs in the East and for several years was the purchasing
agent of the Hotel New Yorker. For seven years he served as beverage manager
of the Hotel Gotham in New York.
All of this diversifying experience accumulated in the better hotels of
the world has given the Colonial an enviable position among hotel owners
and operators. Not only is this reflected in the Hotel proper, but in
the dining room as well. The Colonial dining room is noted for the tasty
and delicious food served to a discriminating clientele.
The cocktail bar and lounge is fast becoming the meeting place of those
who desire to drink their beverages in moderation. Located on the East
side of the hotel, the bar and lounge is under the supervision of genial
Carl Anderson. Here one may relax in a friendly atmosphere and enjoy a
drink, expertly prepared.
The Colonial was built by the late Charles McKean, as a private mansion
in 1905 at a cost of $50,000. At that time materials and costs were but
a small fraction of what they are today. It was reported that Mr. and
Mrs. McKean spent an additional $50,000 in furnishing their home. After
the death of Mrs. McKean, Mr. Munn bought the property in 1931. Although
Mr. Munn disposed of part of the furnishings and art objects in the McKean
collection, many of the pieces are in use or on display at the Hotel today.