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Federal Writers Project of the Works Project Administration

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520268807

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520268807.001.0001

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Rim of the Golden Gate

Rim of the Golden Gate

Chapter:
(p.304) Rim of the Golden Gate
Source:
San Francisco in the 1930s
Author(s):

David Kipen

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520268807.003.0020

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

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