The Peacock Ballroom
Everywhere the eye turned were intricately embellished
designs in terra cotta, volcanic stone, brick and mortar.
Gilt peacock themes appealed in massive Oya stone relief,
frescoes and trim work. Very little was left unembellished,
from the surreal light fixtures to the chairs.
The Main Lobby
Ceiling-to-floor pillars in
terra cotta tiling housed
lighting against a back
drop of green, highly
porous Oya volcanic
Over the decades,
the Imperial’s lobby was
the scene of numerous
intrigues and visits by
the world's most famous
The Pillars of Wright
Caved into the surface of walls and pillars throughout
the hotel's many low rise wings were the architect's countless,
elegant art deco patterns.
The Imperial housed not only many of the city’s
most spacious and fully appointed ballrooms,
it also housed a huge, state-of-the-art theater.
The Peacock Ballroom was the scene of wildly
popular pre war dance parties that were
discontinued as the nation grew closer to wartime.