Luxe Life: The Plaza Hotel

by James Gaddy

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  • The Terrace Room
    The Terrace Room was added to The Plaza in 1921 and designed by Warren & Wetmore, the architects of Grand Central Terminal, known for their impressive perspectives. This deep, dramatic room is separated from The Palm Court by folding mirrored doors that, when opened, reveal its terraced steps and stone fountain. The Terrace Room's chandeliers, designed by Charles Winston (brother Harry was the famed Fifth Avenue jeweler), were modeled on chandeliers from the Palace of Versailles; any missing pieces were re-created and restored, and new wiring was added to modernize the lighting system in each. Also part of the restoration, grimy residue (the product of things like smoke, dirt and grease) was removed from the hand-painted Renaissance-style artwork on the ceiling.

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