McMenamins Crystal Blocks 2016 — photo 41 of 50: In the upper-left section of this painting by a McMenamins artist are the original schematics for the exceptional ‘floating’ dance floor in the Crystal Ballroom, located on the third floor of the historic (built 1914) McMenamins Crystal Ballroom building on West Burnside Street between SW 13th and 14th Avenues in downtown Portland, Oregon.
Two larger-than-life men are seated on the historic (built 1917) McMenamins Ringlers Annex, next-door to their historic (built 1910) Crystal Hotel (where this painting is hanging), located on an entire wedge-shaped block between West Burnside and SW Stark Streets, and SW 12th and 13th Avenues, just a block east of the Crystal Ballroom.
Because there are two men mentioned in the schematics, it might be safe to assume that the two large men in the painting are Charles R. Hunt, patent-holder of the ‘elastic floor’, and Montrose Ringler, the original owner of the Crystal Ballroom building, which was then called Cotillion Hall. Alternatively, one of the men could be Ringler’s close friend and the architect of Cotillion Hall, Robert F. Tengen. October 2016. Camera used: Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8 zoom lens.
For further details about the story behind this photo, see the related article Exploring the McMenamins Crystal Blocks.