H. N. Francis & Co. Inc v. Hotel Rueger Inc

Decision Date12 June 1919
Citation99 S.E. 690
CourtVirginia Supreme Court
PartiesH. N. FRANCIS & CO., Inc. v. HOTEL RUEGER, Inc.

Appeal from Chancery Court of Richmond.

Suit by the Hotel Rueger, Incorporated, against F. T. Nesbit & Co., a corporation, H. N. Francis & Co., Incorporated, and other subcontractors, praying that mechanic's lien claimants be convened, the validity of their claims determined, and an amount in the hands of complainant due F. T. Nesbit & Co., contractor, be ascertained and applied to the payment of such liens as are valid. From the decree of the chancery court, overruling the exceptions of H. N. Francis & Co. and others to the report of the commissioner to whom the claims had been referred, disallowing their respective claims of liens, they appeal. Affirmed, in so far as it denied personal liability on Hotel Rueger, and disallowed the claim of the Warren-Ehret Company, and allowed In part the claim of Engleby & Bros., Incorporated, and reversed in so far as it disallowed the liens of H. N. Francis & Co. and others. Remanded, with directions.

The accounts directed to be reported herein are as follows:

An account showing the amount and character of the work done and materials furnished by H. n. Francis & Co., Inc., subcontractor, the prices charged therefor, the payments made, and the amount due, by Rueger Hotel, Incorporated.

Richmond, Va., 1/23/14.

Messrs. F. T. Nesbit & Co.,

H. N. Francis & Co., Inc.

Tiles, Terrazzo and Marble Work, Mantels and Fireplace Trimmings.

Phone Mad. 194. 26 North Ninth Street.

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                |Rueger Hotel.                                               |          |
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                |By contract                                                 |$10,000 00|
                |------------------------------------------------------------|----------|
                |Extra order 5/7 marble tile in corridors                    |41 60     |
                |------------------------------------------------------------|----------|
                |Extra order 6/9 saler work                                  |565 00    |
                |------------------------------------------------------------|----------|
                |Extra order 6/19 marble saddles                             |270 00    |
                |------------------------------------------------------------|----------|
                |Extra order 7/12 plinths                                    |172 80    |
                |------------------------------------------------------------|----------|
                |Extra order 7/30 estra tile                                 |190 95    |
                |------------------------------------------------------------|----------|
                |Extra order 9/10 marble tile at service elevator, 1st fl.   |19 20     |
                |------------------------------------------------------------|----------|
                |Installing slate urinals in basemnt                         |45 00     |
                |------------------------------------------------------------|----------|
                |Base and plinths in vestibule to general toilet             |14 90     |
                |------------------------------------------------------------|----------|
                |Cutting and fitting marble in front oyster counter          |12 37     |
                |------------------------------------------------------------|----------|
                |Repairing roof tile                                         |8 90      |
                |------------------------------------------------------------|----------|
                |Installing quarry tile base in front of oyster counter      |10 50     |
                |------------------------------------------------------------|----------|
                |Primenade tile base in roof garden                          |44 26     |
                |------------------------------------------------------------|----------|
                |Extra tiling a/c increased size of baths                    |62 00     |
                |------------------------------------------------------------|----------|
                |Marble tread and riser in front of urinal barber-shop toiler|16 85     |
                |------------------------------------------------------------|----------|
                |Installing tiling under and behind all bathtubs             |860 00    |
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                |C. M. 654 a/c Engleby Bros. Co.|$17 95   |           |
                |-------------------------------|---------|-----------|
                |C. M. 70S a/c Engleby Bros. Co.|1 50     |           |
                |-------------------------------|---------|-----------|
                |C. M. 709 a/c Engleby Bros. Co.|22 50    |           |
                |-------------------------------|---------|-----------|
                |C. M. Hilgertner Marble Co     |6 60     |           |
                |-------------------------------|---------|-----------|
                |C. M. Hilgertner Marble Co     |8 00     |56 55      |
                |-------------------------------|---------|-----------|
                |                               |         |$12,380 87 |
                |-------------------------------|---------|-----------|
                |Credits.                       |         |           |
                |-------------------------------|---------|-----------|
                |By cash 6/30                   |$4,000 00|           |
                |-------------------------------|---------|-----------|
                |By cash 7/31                   |3, 059 25|           |
                |-------------------------------|---------|-----------|
                |By cash 8/30                   |1.275 00 |           |
                |-------------------------------|---------|-----------|
                |By cash 9/30                   |800 00   |           |
                |-------------------------------|---------|-----------|
                |By cash 10/31                  |1, 211 12|10, 345 37 |
                |-------------------------------|---------|-----------|
                |                               |         |$ 2, 035 50|
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State of Virginia, City of Richmond—to wit:

I, A. W. Patterson, a notary public for the city aforesaid, in the state of Virginia, do certify that H. N. Francis, secretary and treasurer and general manager of H. N. Francis & Co., Inc., and as such the duly authorized agent of said corporation, this day personally appeared before me in my said city, and made oath as to the correctness of the foregoing account.

Given under my hand this 24th day of January, 1914. a. W. Patterson, Notary Public.

Declaration of Intention to Claim Lien.

H. W. Francis & Co., Inc., subcontractor, hereby declares its intention of claiming a mechanic's lien on all that certain hotel building known as "Hotel Rueger" at the southeast corner of Ninth and Bank streets, in the city of Richmond, Virginia, and the lot or piece of ground and curtilage appurtenant to the said building, fronting on said Ninth street about 53 feet, running back 105 feet, more or less, to secure the payment of $2,035.50 with interest from the —— day of ——, 19— until paid, being a debt contracted for work done and materials furnished, as shown by the account to which this statement is attached, for the construction and improvement of the said building and appurtenances of which Rueger Hotel, Incorporated, is the owner, or reputed owner, and at the instance and request of F. T. Nesbit & Co., Inc., they being the general contractors for the erection of said building, which said building, situated as aforesaid, was completed or the work thereon otherwise terminated within the sixty days next preceding the filing of this claim. And the said H. N. Francis & Co., Inc., claims to have a lien on the said building and the lot or piece of ground and curtilage appurtenant to the said building, from the commencement thereof for the aforesaid sum and interest according to the statute in such case made and provided: and the said claimant herewith files an account, showing the nature and the character of the work done, and the materials furnished, the prices charged therefor, the payments made, and the balance due, verified by oath.

Witness our hand and seal this 24th day of January, 1914. H. N. Francis & Co., Inc., by H. N. Francis, Sec'y and Treas., General Manager and Agent.

State of Virginia, City of Richmond—to wit:

I, A. W. Patterson, a notary public for the city aforesaid, in the state of Virginia, do certify that H. N. Francis, whose name is signed to the foregoing writing, dated the 24th day of January, 1914, has acknowledged the same for and on behalf of H. n. Francis & Co., Inc., before me in my city aforesaid.

Given under my hand this 23d day of January, 1914.

My commission expires on the 21st day of October, 1914. A. W. Patterson, Notary Public.

An account showing the amount and character of the work done and materials furnished by Pittsburg Plate Glass Company, a corporation organized under the laws of Pennsylvania, and doing business in the state of Maryland, with its branch office at Baltimore, Maryland, subcontractor for F. T. Nesbit & Company, Incorporated, a corporation created by and doing business under the laws of the state of New York, general contractor, the prices charged therefor and the payments made thereon: and the balance due the said subcontractor by the said F. T. Nesbit & Company, Incorporated, general contractor, which said account is filed after the work mentioned herein was done and the materials were furnished by it, and before the expiration of sixty days from the time the building mentioned in the statement hereto attached, and made a part of this account, was completed:

To materials furnished and work done on the building known as the Hotel Rueger in the city of Richmond at the northeast corner of Ninth and Bank streets, as follows: 310-12-14 West Pratt street, Baltimore, Maryland, January 16. 1914. F. T. Nesbit & Company, New York, N. Y., to Pittsburg Plate Glass Co., Dr.

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                |To contract furnishing glass and glazing in openings Rueger's Hotel,|$3,500  |
                |Richmond, Va                                                        |00      |
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                |To special extra changes, authorized letter of June 23, 1913        |33 00   |
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