One of the Winter Gardens Blackpool most spectacular venues has been restored to its former glory following a £1.9m investment.
Taking place over 14-months, the restoration saw the glazed ceiling fully replaced after being hidden for more than 15 years, as well as significant repairs to original plasterwork and the reinstatement of the original chandeliers.
Michael Williams, managing director at the Winter Gardens, said:
“We are delighted with it. It’s the first time for many years that the beauty of the room has been revealed, having previously been hidden from view."
“We have fully replaced the glazing system of the Spanish Hall and the clusters of clouds that were removed in the early 1990s have been reinstated.”
“For the last 15 years or so we have had a canopy below the glazing due to issues with rain coming into the building. That’s all been removed to restore the Spanish Hall to its full glory and it looks stunning.”
The picturesque hall initially opened to the public as a fine dining and afternoon tea venue and is also famed for its adjoining renaissance room that acted as a war office even hosting Winston Churchill during the Second World War.
The Spanish Hall was designed by Andrew Mazzei in the art deco style with a three dimensional frieze surrounding it depicting the Andalusian Hills and Villages, and is reminiscent of the Brixton and Finsbury Park Astoria Theatres in London with their ‘Atmospheric’ auditoriums.
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