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The walls of the room are covered with framed mirrors. The two largest mirrors, each with Art Deco details, were salvaged by Simon Ritchy when they were removed from the former Woolworth store nearby.
“I’m very happy to have her here,” said McClinton. “They are such important artifacts in our history. I don’t take this lightly. I sit in this room and think of all the good and bad that they have reflected in people. It can be sobering and overwhelming. “
A skylight that was once covered by a suspended ceiling now brings light into the room. A transom has been exposed and detailed. Pewter tiles were put up where the suspended ceiling used to be.
McClinton’s husband and father built an Art Deco-inspired buffet bar in The Palm Room, where rustic benches line the wall along with lamps from the 1960s.
Alluding to the history of the building, a framed grouping of portraits of three women who allegedly worked as prostitutes in the hotel hangs over the door to the stairs.
The Ritchy family has their own history with both the building and the neighboring building.
McClinton’s brothers Philip and Alex Ritchy opened Ritchy’s Uptown in 1996 on the third floor of the adjoining building that later became the sports bar, The Green Burro. They opened Longshanks Billiards on the second floor. All of the Ritchy family’s restaurants led to a downtown renaissance in the late 1990s.