The Palace Stables


Robert R. Rea’s Faith In A Bright Future For Madison.
His Deserved Success In Business, And his Indomitable Pluck And Enterprise.

Mr. R. R. Rea is one of those who showed to the croakers that he had faith that there was a bright future for our beautiful city by erecting, a few years ago, the Palace Stables, one of the finest, most commodious and best arranged buildings for the livery business in the West. His venture provided a success from the start, and he has just closed a contract with Messrs Rankin & White, the well-known carpenters and builders, for the erection of a handsome brick building on the site of the frame structure adjoining the Palace Stables on the east, and now occupied by Mr. Rea as a carriage room.

The new building will have an iron front a duplicate of his present stable, with the exception that it will have two fine store rooms on the first floor, with two handsome plate glass show windows, and the second floor will be in one large room, with stairway to reach it, which can be converted into a hall or be arranged for offices.

The building will be thirty-one feet front by ninety feet deep, with carriage room in the rear of the storeroom, and the whole covered with a tin roof. The building will finally be extended back to the alley, the depth of the stable.

The work will be commenced within the next ten days, and when the new building is completed it will be one of the finest blocks in the city, showing a frontage of 64 feet, including his present brick structure.

Such a man as R. R. Rea is worth his weight in gold to the business interest of the city, and we bespeak for him continued success.

Messrs. Rankin & White are greatly elated over the prospect ahead for work in their line, and already have contracts ahead enough to keep their present large force of workmen employed during the entire season. But they will increase their force and be able to get away with all their present contracts and as many new ones as may fall into their hands. Competent workmen, bricklayers, carpenters, plasterers, etc., need not complain of hard times in the future, as there will be employment for them all.

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The following article appeared in the Evening Courier, April 5, 1883.