Norman Bel Geddes Database
Job 362, Barberry Room (Elbow Room), 1937-1957
Summary: Bel Geddes designed this private dinner club for New York City’s literati in 1937. An addition to the Berkshire Hotel on East 52nd Street, Alexander Woollcott originally named it the Elbow Room. In his design, Geddes installed mirrors on facing walls to reflect the images of patrons, thereby creating a theatrical spectacle.