The Grand Ballroom
great ballroom, two stories high, forty-six feet wide
and one hundred forty-five feet long, surrounded by
galleries on three sides, is designed and carried
out in the more delicate mode of the Florentine renaissance.
Its ceiling is composed of three great panels laid
in gold leaf, each framed in an elaborate tracery
of staff work rich Venetian colors. The walls are
pierced by arches framing the windows and visitor's
galleries and covered by gracefully paneled wainscoting
of moderate height with decorative mirrors and grilles."
ceiling is provided with two gorgeous crystal fixtures
containing more then a ton of crystal. The side wall
bracket lights are crystal prisms forming a register
for the ventilating system. These are concealed by
the rainbow hue. An especially constructing cove encircles
the entire ceiling and is equipped with three-color
lighting effects. In the center of the ballroom may
be placed an electric fountain which directs its rays
upon a huge revolving globe in the ceiling above.
The room with its major pre-selective remote control
switchboard and dimmers fully equips it for all theatrical
purposes. The ballroom is also provided with radio
broadcasting and amplifying equipment available for
"The walls are splendidly decorated in plastic
relief of Venetian design laid in gold leaf. The imposing
windows, twenty-four feet high, with arched tops,
are hung in beautiful rose and gold damask valances
and overdrapes, under which are casement cloth curtains."