Perched on a ginger-colored leather sofa in the Skylight Room, I marveled overhead at the room’s 25 art glass panels, now protected against the elements by a dome.
The grand dame, with a one-of-kind three-part design, opened in the fall of 1910. Then, over the next 50 years, it fell into disrepair and was abandoned.
These are the same halls where big band stars like Glenn Miller and Jack Jenney hurried from their rooms to join a jam session on the mezzanine.
The release areas are the two spaces before the front desk and the Skylight Room located past the glass doors behind the front desk.
While stained-glass windows often tell a story, Wright’s leaded stained glass featured strips of continuous casement windows and doors.
The place to enjoy that morning cup of coffee or a cocktail in the evening. Recessed balconies were another Frank Lloyd Wright design characteristic on display.
The second section of the three-part design is the law offices of Markley & Blythe. It includes a mahogany reception area, a law library, and the office of the central waist.
The last section is the City National Bank portion on the east end of the building, one of two remaining Wright-designed banks.