University of Texas at Austin

Norman Bel Geddes (American, 1893-1958)
Isometric drawing of Island Dance Restaurant
Ca. 1929-1930
Charcoal on paper

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Job 145, Island Dance Restaurant, 1930

Summary: The Island Dance Restaurant was to be built on four islands in the center of a lagoon. The orchestra platform in the center of the dance floor would revolve twelve times an hour. Terraced dining areas would give up to 1,500 diners an unobstructed view of the dance floor. Kitchens and “retiring rooms” were to be located under the three higher terraces. Dock facilities provided for two hundred small boats and canoes simultaneously. General illumination was to be provided by high interlacing arches of neon tubes on duralumin frames located around the orchestra platform.

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Box/Location Folder Description
box 8 145.1 Specifications, publicity memo [1930?]. Captions. Exhibit labels.
photo box 3 145.1 21 Photographs of model and of rendering.
negative box 1 145.1 9 Negatives.
flat file 145.1 Isometric drawing.
flat file 145.2 5 Photographs of model and rendering.
flat file 145.3 5 Photostats of drawings, photo.