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 THE  GRAND BANQUET HALL.


     On the parlor floor, and extending up to the third floor of the building, is the Grand Banquet Hall, which is considered one of the finest rooms that has ever been designed or executed in any part of the world. This room is carried out strictly in the period of Francis the First. As is generally conceded, the Francis First period embraces the very highest perfection of French architecture and design. This room is approximately twenty-four feet high, and will seat four hundred banqueters at one service.

     Except the frieze, the room is entirely of wood, being of curly maple stained to a French gray tone. The wainscoting is twelve feet high above this is the magnificent mural painting of a Medieval Procession, extending all around the room. This procession of
knights and ladies of the Francois Premier period represents the character and costume of this noble reign the knights in all the armour and regalia of the field and the ladies in their handsome, elaborate court costumes.  The conception of this picture is of Mr. Holslag, who is the artist. It is the representation of a fete day during the reign of the First Francis. The artist has been eminently successful in portraying the glamour and grandeur of this period.

    The ceiling is a beam effect, with elaborate gold applique ornaments richly embellished and painted on the beam. The effect on entering this room is one of glittering gorgeousness, which is the same effect in the rooms of similar character in Europe. The Baltimore Hotel has the distinction of possessing the only room of this design and careful execution in America, and it is pleasing to say that it has been a high artistic gratification to every visitor.

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