||After sixty-three years of service this noted hotel is, at this writing, early in 1923, being scrapped. When the sites of
the old circus and the Peale museum were bought by the Butler hotel company and a million dollars devoted to the enterprise
the public was amazed. Newspapers predicted disaster. But the big hotel, which was to be called the "Penn Manor," was an
immediate success. When this sketch was made the workmen had already attacked the parlor-floor balcony where, upon February
21st, 1861, a tall westerner, Abraham Lincoln, President-elect, first appeared to a Philadelphia crowd and realized its loyalty.
Here, in the passing years many another distinguished visitor has looked down upon busy Chestnut street and its surge of life
as coming generations will, doubtless, view the scene from the greater hotel which is to replace this old landmark of changing