The Niagara Hotel was built as a classic “grand hotel”. Built in 1924, the hotel’s lobby, ballroom and main dining room have survived largely intact. The “Great Gatsby” atmosphere can be seen in the elaborate ceiling plaster moldings and columns, gilded capitals, faux limestone walls, oak floors and emerald terrazzo floors.
The images below show the current conditions and proposed restoration of these rooms as well a new lounge beneath the ballroom.
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The crescent-shaped lobby is double-height, ringed by galleries and flooded with sunlight from cathedral-scale Palladian windows.
The ceiling two stories above the floor contains multiple cornice and cove moldings that surround plaster rosettes.
The mezzanine floor features brass railings and oak handrails overlooking an emerald terrazzo floor.
Three huge crystal chandeliers still reign over the main ballroom.
The ballroom features a beautiful vaulted ceiling with an elaborate ceiling plaster molding running the length of the room. The walls are ringed with a detailed cornice and ribbon band.
Decorative columns are topped off with gilded capitals and the floor is oak with a herring bone design.
Six floor to ceiling windows give the ballroom plenty of natural light for daytime functions.
The Dining Room
The dining room is on the ground floor with its main doors off of the lobby. The eight large windows give the room a very open and bright feel.
The floor is a polished emerald terrazzo finish reflecting the flood of natural sunlight entering the room.
An outdoor patio to the east of the dining room is part of the restoration plans.
The original dining room’s gold lighting fixtures are being restored.
The new lounge and banquet room facility will be directly under the second floor ballroom.
The east end of the room will be a raised area acting as a stage or multi-function room.
The restoration will incorporated a coffered ceiling with columns and beams detailed in a rich dark wood giving the room a warm ambience.