Everywhere the eye turned were intricately embellished designs in terra cotta, volcanic stone, brick and mortar. Gilt peacock themes appeared in massive Oya stone relief, frescoes and trim work. Very little was left unembellished, from the surreal light fixtures to the chairs.Ceiling-to-floor pillars in terra cotta tiling housed lighting against a backdrop of green, highly porous Oya volcanic tuff. Over the decades, the Imperial Lobby was the scene of numerous intrigues and visits by the world’s most famous statesmen and celebrities.T h e P e a c o c k B a l l r o o mT h e M a i n L o b b y10

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