Post-Dispatch, July 27, 1934:
Deserted except for five gold fish which swim idly about the multi-colored glazed terra cotta pool of the fountain room, the luxurious 18-room penthouse apartment of Ed Mays on the top three floors of the Continental Life Insurance Co. Building stands vacant today.
The State Insurance Department, which has taken over the insurance company of which Mays is president, intends to advertise the penthouse for rent. Albert A. Ridge, attorney for Insurance Superintendent O'Malley, thinks it may be possible to rent the apartment as headquarters for a club.
Eviction Suit Filed.
The penthouse apartment occupies the twenty-first, twenty-second, and twenty-third floors of the building on Olive street, just west of Grand boulevard. From its windows and roof terraces, on clear days, a view which extends from one end of the city to the other may be obtained.
These floors, it was brought out at the recent hearing of O'Malley's [?? (denotes missing pieces. The article was very old and crumbling.)]
...partly furnished at cost to the insurance company of about $70,000. Mays and his family lived there for four years, and it was there that he entertained business associates from other cities.
Sliding Panel in Door.
The long hallway, in rough cream colored plaster, leads, on the left, to the fountain room, with its stone floor, and its walls covered with murals by Frank Nuders[??], well-known St. Louis artist, which depicts scenes familiar to Mays as a boy and young man in Arkansas. The artist went with Mays to make sketches for these pictures. He was paid [??] for the work.
The fountain occupies [the center] of the room. Rising [from the middle] of the fountain is a [??] heron, from the mouth of which water spurts, and flows back into the pool. Colored lights beneath the surface of the water illuminate the pool.
Secret Doors in Panels.
Framed mottoes and poems by Edgar Guest and others remained on the walls of the study. One, titled "It Will End All Right", began:
Life makes us pull [??]
Another lamented the life of a banker. Mays, besides being president of the Continental Life Insurance Co., controlled the Grand National Bank and the Wellston Trust Co., both of which are being liquidated. This poem read:
A sorry life the banker leads, There's little glory in his deeds. When he says "No," the people curse. When he says "Yes," it's even worse.
Fireplace in the Living Room
Walls of the dining room, which occupies the southwest corner of the building, are paneled with oak from floor to ceiling. Heavy green brocade drapes hang at the window and a large crystal chandelier is suspended from the ceiling. The floor is of quarter-sawed oak.
A small breakfast room, with flowered walls, adjoins the dining room and opens into the pantry and through it to the green and white kitchen, equipped with an incinerator, electric dish washer and electric icebox and a gas range. A maid's room and bath are next to the kitchen.
On the second floor of the apartment are six bedrooms and three baths, one with pink, another with purple, and a third with green fixtures. All the bedrooms are green carpeted, and the windows are draped with brocade. The master bedroom, in the northwest corner, is approached through a small lounge room and a short hallway, off which is the pink bathroom.
The third floor is given over entirely to a party room, about 40 by 50 feet. The rustic theme predominates here, with walls covered with the rough bark of Arkansas timber. The ceiling is low; a tall man would have difficulty in dancing in parts of this room, and the machinery which operates the elevators is just behind one wall, causing an unpleasant noise when the elevators are moving.