The Seelbach, Louisville, Ky."
see an early view of a room that remains arguably
one of the most unique and wonderful rooms in the region.
According to Louisville Today (1912 edition), the room was patterned
after an actual German Rathskeller from a castle on the Rhine.
debuted in 1907 as a banquet hall. What makes the room so
is that it is one of only two large scale rooms in existence entirely
from the famous Rookwood Pottery of Cincinnati. The original cost
the Rookwood tiles and fixtures for the room, which cover the walls,
columns and ceilings, was $40,000. The Rathskeller also included a
drinking fountain, the largest piece of pottery ever fired by the
company to that time. So that the association would never be lost, all
column capitals are adorned with distinctive rook figures.
Rathskeller can still be seen today in the basement of the Seelbach
though it is only used occasionally for functions. The original
furniture shown in the picture above is, however, long gone.
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