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The Second Class Promenade Deck Entrance Lobby



This very discreet opening served as the entrance to the Second Class Lobby on Promenade Deck.


Undoubtedlty this entrance was covered with heavy teak doors on the exterior promenade, both portside and starboard side when the Queen Mary was at sea - similarly to the first class main hall.  The door stop can still be seen in the wall on the left.

            
     

Inside the entrance from the enclosed promenade is the vestibule to the lobby.  Here are two niches where statues by Norman J. Forrest once stood.  A second set of doors, perhaps metal and glass, probably hung just past the niches.




The niche on the right (above) and the door open to the storage space (below).


A cupboard to the left of the aft niche. 

               
               Spring and Autumn by Norman J. Forrest. 

Sculptures that once stood in the niches in the Second Class Vestibule on Promenade Deck.  Two others, Winter and Summer, also stood in now empty niches.  Of the four, two are now missing from the Queen Mary Collection.  Were they sold or were they stolen?  Who has them now?  Notice that the base for Autumn was once cut down, allegedly to better suit the office of a manager in Long Beach.  Where is the collective outrage at this ridiculous mistreatment of a world-class cultural venue? 

                          
This photo montage of Autumn as it looked displayed in its niche was created by Michael Davisson.

In the spring of 2004 a carved wall plaque by Forest sold at Christie's for approximately $7,500.  See:  http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=4365430  Other works by Forrest that were not part of the Queen Mary collection periodically show up at auction.  If the City were serious about the Queen Mary they might enrich the Queen Mary collection with the selective purchase other works by the original artists rather than to simply allow the collection to be diminished by embarassing, unexplained losses and attrition.

                     
http://www.bonhams.com/cgi-bin/public.sh/pubweb/publicSite.r?sContinent=EUR&screen=catalogue&iSaleNo=13970&iSaleLotNo=382





The central portion of the lobby looking forward.  The main second class staircase with glass panels designed by Sigmund Pollitzer descends on the left.



 
The same view circa 1936.  Colorization by Michael Davisson. 



The portside entrance to the former smoking room on the aft wall.


The entrance to the current men's room is where a service entrance to the bar in the smoking room was located.

The walls are treated withtwo contrasting veneers of Pacific maple and Nigerian mahogany combined with silver bronze mouldings.



The starboard side entrance to the former smoking room, currently used as the "Royal Wedding Chapel". 

The "frame 70" elevators on the forward wall.  Notice the missing clock. The portside elevator was never converted for use in Long Beach, while the starboard side elevator still works. However it is "keyed" and used as a crew/service only elevator, thus depriving the ship of an important handicapped access elevator in the aft end of the ship.  This decision is astonishing in a publically owned facility.  The elevator serves 9 decks.


The elevators served 9 decks.  There are eleven buttons on the control panel. 





The niches on the starboard side.




Looking from the starboard side towards the portside.  The wooden doors here were added in Long Beach to replace those removed in the conversion.  

The richness of the wood paneling is apparent even after years of neglect.





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