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Fall 2013

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Iowa Architect

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Less than a year after a beautiful new vaudeville theater opened in downtown Cedar Rapids, the Great Flood of 1929 saw the Cedar River crest to its highest recorded level at the time, bringing water a few feet away from the new venue’s lobby. The building’s famously decorated Hall of Mirrors and auditorium—with marezzo scagliola plaster finish, aluminum-leaf paints and glazes, crystal chandeliers, stained-glass light fixtures and a Wurlitzer organ— remained unharmed, preserving for future generations a majestic example of movie palace design found throughout the country in the 1920s andˇ30s.


This article was originally published in the Iowa Architect magazine, the official magazine of the American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter. For more information contact AIA Iowa at 515.244.7502.

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