Ponce de Leon Hotel
|The following three pictures show the intricate work of George Maynard and associates. Standing
ladies are the elements and seated are the classical conquest, civilization, knowledge, etc. The rotunda
is a rotunda within a rotunda. At the top darkened area there was a place to sit and a special purpose
room. The top would not have appeared dark because it was open to allow light to flood the entrance
to the hotel.
|The Lion's heads with light bulbs were a later addition to the hotel.
|No lack of cheribs - Grand Hall
|Above one of the many caritides supporting the
rotunda designed by Thomas Hastings - in his
words Spanish dancing maidens.
|More decorative view of dome. Center of dome was
open so that natural sunlight filled the entrance hall.
|Lining the walls of the entrance hall are
placques honoring the Greek kharites -
the social graces: beauty, mirth and
festive good cheer.
"And Eurynome, the daughter of
Okeanos, beautiful in form, bare him
[Zeus] three fair-cheeked Kharites
(Graces), Aglaia, and Euphrosyne, and
lovely Thaleia, from whose eyes as
they glanced flowed love that unnerves
the limbs: and beautiful is their glance
beneath their brows." -Theogony 907