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Cafe Rouge (Hotel Pennsylvania)

Cafe Rouge (Hotel Pennsylvania)

116 W 32nd St, New York (NY), 10001, United States

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(929) 202-9954

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Description The Cafe Rouge was the main restaurant in New York's Hotel Pennsylvania. It now operates as a separate venue, serving as a basketball court.ConstructionThe Cafe Rouge was designed by the architectural firm McKim, Mead & White. It measured 58 feet by 142 feet, with a ceiling height of 22 feet. making the Cafe Rouge the largest of its kind anywhere at the time of its creation. Due to the massive size of the room, the Cafe was divided into three sections. There was a main central floor level and two terraces on either side of the central space. The terraces were raised 18 inches above the central floor level, whose purpose being to break up the monotony of the large floor space. The terrace sections were available to guests upon request who wanted a view of the entire scene of activities in the main portion of the room, including a full view of the bandThe Café was designed with a distinct Italian character. The wall base, and door trim was made of terracotta, the walls were artificial limestone and the ceiling was treated to give the effect of old wooden beamed ceilings. The ceiling was carefully studied in color to increase the apparent height of the room, and the beams of the ceiling had carvings of various designs. The east end of the Café had a large floor to ceiling fountain. The Café had large arched windows running along the exterior wall of the room. The arched window design was mimicked on the opposite wall. There was a bandstand which was located on the central floor of the room on the exterior wall.

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