The Carlu, Toronto
Known for many years as the "Eaton's Seventh Floor", the Carlu is the most impressive Art Déco interior in Toronto and even in the whole world. It opened in 1930 and was recently restored to its original beauty. The building is really outstanding and marvelous. There are organized different cultural events that can be visited and the place can be also rented. Itself an Art Moderne masterpiece, the Eaton's Seventh Floor was at the heart of Toronto's cultural life for many years. The Auditorium played host to the major performers of its day, including Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra. The first performance of the National Ballet of Canada was on the stage of the Eaton Auditorium. Canada's own Glenn Gould, fond of the Auditorium's excellent acoustics, used the hall for a number of his recordings. The Round Room was, as the name suggests, a circular room, with circular moldings in the domed ceiling and recessed alcoves in the corners. At the centre of the room stood a Lalique fountain, lit from below. Carlu was responsible for all aspects of the dining room's design, from the lighting fixtures to the Royal Worcester china, the stemware, and the waitresses' black uniforms. Carlu's wife, Natasha, designed the murals on the walls, depicting various scenes of pastoral life. For years, the Round Room was one of the most elegant places to dine in Toronto. Inside of the Carlu, monel, a steel-nickel alloy, was used for many accents. The monel can be found in the light fixtures, vents, doors and the fountain. It helps to play up the sleek lines in the space and the Art Moderne style. Marble paneling was also used at both ends of the foyer. The color palette for the Carlu was taken from the marble and spread throughout most of the floor. The Seventh Floor was eventually restored, after years of neglect, and was reopened in 2003 to much acclaim as "The Carlu" event venue. Today, the space acts as a special events venue. Concerts, dinners, galas, weddings, fashion shows are just a few of the events that take place at the Carlu.
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