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The Seelbach Main Dining Room ca 1910
"Main Dining Room
The Seelbach, Louisville, Ky."
ca. 1910

The gilded former Main Dining Room was in the area that now houses the "Old Seelbach Bar," just off the lobby.  Today, the main dining room is in the "Oak Room" on the mezzanine, which was designed as the hotel's billiard parlor.  Unfortunately, we do not yet have any vintage views of the Oak Room, a full-paneled room with secret doors leading to some of the many secret passageways throughout the hotel.  No wonder that this hotel was once a favorite of gangsters such as Al Capone.

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Click this Link to go to the Library of Congress historic buildings survey page showing the Oak Room in 1979, when its future was not at all certain

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