Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Fair or Foul? --- Days 8/302 & 303

Walk: 1. Main Library Tour  2. Fairmont Hotel Tour
Distance: 1. 5.5 miles, small stretch   2. 4 miles, yoga

Chandelier at Fairmont Hotel* San Francisco
A Little Closer

As Ciwt walks and listens to the San Francisco City Guides she encounters some questionable decisions made along the City's historical way.  For instance, here is the chandelier on the ceiling of one of the Fairmont Hotel's meeting rooms.  The glass is all Lalique**crystal so it must have cost a pretty penny even back then.  Today, $million$ maybe.  But, oh dear........

Luckily Julia Morgan, the famous and first California woman architect, was around when decisions were made about the look of the Grand Lobby.  It is tastefully and elegantly gorgeous



*There really was a Mr. Fair.  James Fair, a bartender who struck it rich in Gold Rush days, and built himself a home on Nob Hill that became a world famous when it was rebuilt as an elegant European hotel after the 1906 fire.


** Straight from Wiki: Lalique is a French glassmaker, founded by renowned glassmaker and jeweller René Lalique in 1888.[1] Lalique is best known for producing glass art, including perfume bottlesvases, and hood ornaments during the early twentieth century. Following the death of René, Lalique transitioned to producing lead glass (crystal) works during the 1950s while under the direction of René's son, Marc Lalique








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