Treasures from the Hotel Stilwell, some in storage for the past 11 years, can now be enjoyed by visitors in a new Historic Room in the hotel lobby.

Treasures from the Hotel Stilwell, some in storage for the past 11 years, can now be enjoyed by visitors in a new Historic Room in the hotel lobby.

The Stilwell Foundation and Key Management, in cooperation with the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, will host an open house and ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in honor of the room and the new historically correct mahogany entry doors on Broadway.

This will also be an opportunity to highlight the role of the Stilwell Apartment Management as the new managers of the Timmons Ballroom, according to Laura Carlson, foundation executive director.

“The ballroom is available for banquets, meetings, receptions and other events, and we would like to find someone who would be able to do lunches there,” Carlson said.

She said that the new doors were financed by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, and a Pritchett Trust grant helped with the creation of the Historic Room.

“The room is located in the northern space behind the lobby desk, which was originally the hotel’s luggage room,” Carlson said.

On the south wall are the old hotel mail boxes with storage shelves below containing hotel ledgers that record expenditures over many years.

On the west wall is the registration card holder for guests in each room.

“On the back of each card it says that guests without luggage should pay in advance,” Carlson said. “Evidently, the hotel hosted some workers from the ‘oldest profession’.”

The west side also has a library table and bentwood chair, which were part of the furnishings of each hotel room. On the table are some early volumes listing hotels in the United States, old Pittsburg telephone books, a 1920s telephone on permanent loan from Roger Stumfoll, and an ink pen and stationery with George Dean’s name on them.

“George Dean and his wife, Hester, were assistant managers of the Stilwell from their marriage in 1911 until the death of O.K. Dean in 1921,” Carlson said. “They continued to manage the hotel until their deaths.”

On the deep window ledge is a large, thick piece of glass from the original glass roof over the lobby glass dome. There are also old signs pointing to the fire exits and a “Do Not Disturb” sign.

In the northwest corner of the room is the old Stilwell safe. Above it hangs a fire hose holder with a fire bell, restored by Kent Belew, near it. Also hanging on the north wall is a red glass light cover found by the fire doors and several framed wallpaper samples.

Below those artifacts is a solid oak luggage table, thought to be original to the hotel from the 1890s. In the northeast corner is an arm chair found in the hotel and a matching hassock.

Carlson said the door to the room will be open during the daytime, and the public is welcome to drop by and look at these treasures. However, visitors will not be permitted to enter the room.

A brass elevator door will allow people to see the artifacts and will also prevent anyone from damaging or removing the treasures.

However, the elevator door presented unexpected difficulties, Carlson said.

“We didn’t realize how difficult it would be to clean the brass,” she said. “All the creams that people told us would clean brass didn’t work on it, and steel wool didn’t work either. Finally, it took plain, old-fashioned sanding with hand sanders and a lot of elbow grease. The door still has a few age spots on it, like me.”