An opulent hall for hire
Grand Prospect Hall website
I am very honored to nominate where I work, a place with so much history. It is not everyday that people can say they love being at their job. The Grand Prospect Hall was built in 1892. It boasted the first "French birdcage" elevator, the highest roof garden and was the first electrified commercial building in Brooklyn. Prospect Hall was the place for the prominent to parade, celebrate and party. Men in their top hats and tails, women in their jewels and Parisian gowns flocked to the hall by carriage and car to hear presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan speak and opera great Enrico Caruso perform. On balmy evenings, the elite gathered in the Venetian gardens to watch high-class vaudeville and motion pictures--society's tony answer to Coney Island's antics. The performances were of such high caliber that silent film star Sophie Tucker graced a 1910 program. Grand Prospect Hall continued to attract both the famous and infamous. Al Capone frequented the hall's speakeasy during Prohibition. He reportedly received the facial wound that earned his "Scarface" nickname during a fight there. He also frequented the opera and had a balcony box. Lena Horne started her singing career as a teenager at the opera house. Other visiting luminaries included Mae West, Sonja Henie, Bob Hope, Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. Today, the refurbished Grand Prospect Hall is even more elegant and lovely than its auspicious beginnings. Now a National Historic Landmark, the hall remains a living heritage for all the people representing the American ethnic melting pot. Everyone who enters the extravagant lobby and spectacular spaces feels taller, more important, grander. Although the gold-coast life-style ended years back, the age of opulence lives on at The Grand Prospect Hall.