Thursday, August 26, 2004

Glimpse of the Red Room

I came to the scalloped corner of One Wall Street that I'd seen from the graveyard earlier, the former Irving Trust building: glorious Art Deco, white stone and blazing gold, like a cathedral made of draped fabric... As I stood at the main entrance on Wall the sun caught the red and gold lobby interior -- the fabled Red Room, closed to the public since 9/11 -- and made it glow like a brazier. I stood transfixed. Crimson, white, gold.

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