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The Colonnades: 1963

The Colonnades: 1963

January 25, 1963. "Essex House, New York. Colonnades ballroom." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.


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Maybe Surplus, but not Cheap

Those chairs may look cheap at first glance, but eyeball the filleted welds where the side stretchers join the front and back legs; that's quality construction you don't usually see in metal chairs.

Ten years later:

American TV audiences become accustomed to Don Pardo's mellifluous enunciation of the phrase, "Guests of Saturday Night stay at New York's famous Essex House Hotel."

In 1979, the hotel was the site of musician Donny Hathaway's fatal fall (or leap) from his room. This sad event had little long-term effect on the hostelry, however, and though it has passed through several subsequent owners, it survives in both name and premises.


They had to cut corners somewhere, so they got government surplus office chairs at a General Services Administration auction.

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