The Book of the Damned Element 1: True Story of Occult & Supernatural Phenomena, Audiobook, Paranormal
The Book of the Damned Part 1: Collection of Occult & Supernatural Phenomena, Time-travel, Poltergeist, Audiobook, Paranormal, Supernormal by Charles Hoy Fort
Rookwood Pelicans in the Rathskeller
The Rathskeller in the Seelbach Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky
The 1907 addition to The Seelbach in Louisville, Kentucky, included a German rathskeller created of Rookwood Pottery produced in nearby Cincinnati, Ohio, by workers hired from the Art Academy. Rookwood Pottery was founded by Maria Longworth Nichols (later Mrs. Bellamy Storer Jr.) in 1880.
According to "The Seelbach Hotel, A History of Louisville Tradition" by J. Theriot in August, 1988, "In creating this costly sort of pottery, decorations had been drawn by hand on the clay just before firing, generating the style element of the ware. Following baking, numerous glazes had been added in subsequent firings. The floors, columns and walls of the eighty-foot square area have been produced of the pottery. The ceiling is fine-tooled leather."
To complement the room, The Seelbach Realty Company’s president, Charles C. Vogt, presented the hotel with a $ten,000 present, a Rookwood-faced clock. Such a collection of Rookwood was really rare and, nowadays, The Rathskeller is 1 of only two surviving ensembles of this art form.
The Rathskeller (ratskellar, a German word which means restaurant in the town-hall cellar) was constructed in Bavarian tradition. The Seelbach’s Rathskeller menu offers this description: "As a matter of fact the Rathskeller in every single crucial, artistic detail, is a reproduction of the underground drinking and council hall of 1 of the renowned castles on the Rhine."
The graceful arches supported by noble columns give a cathedral-like effect. The archway pillars are encircled with Rookwood pelican frescoes, a symbol of excellent luck, and the ceiling above the bar is covered with hand-painted 24K gold leaf leather detailing the signs of the zodiac.
The Rathskeller accomplished immediate recognition. The July 1912 edition of Hotel Month-to-month describes it as obtaining a "seating capacity from 300 to 400." Not only was it a lovely nightspot, conveniently positioned for the after-theater crowds, but it was also one particular of the 1st air-conditioned rooms ever built. The Seelbachs vowed to maintain the area at least ten degrees cooler than the outdoors summer temperatures. To do so required 40 tons of steam-made refrigeration every 24 hours.
When the hotel was sold to Abraham Liebling, 1 of the 1st improvements was for the managers to lease a corner of the 1st floor to Walgreen Drugs. The Seelbach welcomed this renovation. Since prohibition and the nationwide ban on alcohol sales, the very first floor bar had closed and The Rathskeller was little a lot more than an extension of a restaurant. With the drug retailer on the major floor, the restaurant simply located a home downstairs in the basement. Several years later after prohibition ended, management moved the restaurant back up to the renovated first floor and closed The Rathskeller for extensive changes. In April 1934, it re-opened with a 56-foot bar staffed by six bartenders. With these renovations, the basement bar moved into a new era. Instead of merely supplying a stopping place for late-night theater patrons, The Rathskeller would now provide its personal musical and dramatic entertainment featuring regional bands and occasional very first-run theater.
When Walgreen’s lease expired in 1941, management opted to open a new nightclub, tentatively known as The Seelbach Café-Bar. The club took away from The Rathskeller and in 1945, when the Legionaries offered to rent the basement, which includes The Rathskeller, for a members-only club, the managers agreed. Nowadays, The Seelbach’s most treasured heirloom, The Rathskeller, with its dramatic design and style, lighting, and hand-carved architectural specifics, is once again operated by The Seelbach and is accessible for private events.
The RathskellerThe Rathskeller is the only surviving area in the world totally encrusted in Rookwood pottery. Rookwood pelicans pervade the area, and despite the fact that the Hotel’s tourist info likes to cheerfully note that the pelicans are there “for good luck,” it’s also accurate that the pelican is regarded in some occult mythologies as a symbol of resurrecting one’s young children right after possessing killed them oneself, by anointing them with one’s own blood. The pelican has also long been synonymous with the Phoenix (the mythological bird of occult initiation, wherein one particular is reborn into a new awareness or gnosis) and with Henet (a pelican goddess from pyramid-era Egypt, who appears on walls of ancient tombs and in royal funerary texts).
The Seelbach Hotel was the dream of two German immigrants, and over the past century it has gained the reputation of a single of the finest hotels in the region.
"They opened the doors in 1905, the original expense was about $990,000 dollars," says Larry Johnson, who is now the lobby concierge at Louisville’s Seelbach Hotel.
"The poker space had the distinction of becoming exactly where Al Capone came to play poker," Johnson says. "He possibly would have stopped here on his way back to Chicago from being in eastern Kentucky, exactly where he picked up his moonshine." It was the era of Prohibition and Al Capone played it safe at the hotel, often facing a mirror in the poker area to keep an eye on his competitors … and on his back. And Johnson says there have been "lookouts" throughout the hotel. "Whenever the police came into the lobby, somebody would step on the button and the doors going into the poker room would automatically close and he would know to get out."
And secret passageways — now sealed up — permitted just that. "One of the doors went out and down to the street, and the other door went downstairs to the tunnels underneath the hotel. They would go down into the tunnels and he could go anywhere from a block to a mile away type the hotel without being noticed."
Louisville police never ever caught up with Capone, no matter whether he was escaping a card game or from an additional area he favored: the Rathskeller. Now a backdrop for corporate events and other parties, Johnson says the Rathskeller was a "big evening club back in the 20s and 30s, it was a USO in Planet War I and World War II. Throughout Prohibition, it was a dinner club."
Capone wasn’t the only effectively-identified character to frequent the Seelbach. An Army captain stationed at Camp Taylor also gained really a reputation at the hotel. F. Scott Fitzgerald, he frequented the bar and supposedly he was kicked out on a number of occasions for getting a booze hound and getting a small rowdy," Johnson says. Regardless of his brushes with the law, Fitzgerald loved the opulent hotel. So significantly so he wrote about it years later in the Fantastic Gatsby.
By elycefeliz on 2012-03-11 15:29:26