After taking over majority ownership upon his father’s untimely death in 1935, Robert Simon Jr. spends more than $75,000 in renovations and improvements to Carnegie Hall. The art gallery is transformed into a cocktail lounge, a brighter “light orchid” color scheme replaces the dark tones from his father’s redecorations of the 1920s, the gold brocade curtain from 1929 gives way to a new one of rose-beige velour, and the set-like wood and canvas stage shell that had been used for several decades is retired, exposing the newly restored plaster back wall. Barely one year later the interior color is changed yet again, to a deep mulberry that Simon claims “will free patrons of distractions and help them focus their attention on the stage.”

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