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Rim of the Golden Gate

David Kipen

in San Francisco in the 1930s

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268807
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948877 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268807.003.0020
Rim of the Golden Gate

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The triple-decked white concrete Casino (William Mooser, Sr., and William Mooser, Jr., architects), resembles a streamlined battleship riding at anchor. Spectators' galleries facing seaward flank its convex ends. Its main entrance on Polk Street, a broad modern doorway and heavy lintel of greenish-grey slate, is the work of Sargent Johnson; the design and incised sculpture of conventionalized marine subjects are modern in conception. Outside the lobby a long veranda overlooks the water; at either end are circular chambers: The Rainbow Room—a ladies' lounge with a ceiling decorated in prismatic colors, and the Blue Room. The motif is nautical throughout, from the ground floor—whose dressing rooms and lunch counter face the broad concrete promenade—to the oval-shaped Pilot Room, a cocktail lounge occupying the fourth floor. At each end of the Pilot Room and of the spacious third-floor banquet ball are large sun decks.

Keywords: Casino; battleship; Polk Street; Sargent Johnson; marine subjects; Rainbow Room; Blue Room; Pilot Room

Chapter.  11028 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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