Lady Eaton aspired to bring high society and world-class culture to Toronto and was actively involved in the planning and designing of Eaton's College Street and notably, the Seventh Floor. To realize her desire for high style and elegance, she commissioned famed French architect, Jacques Carlu, renowned for his work on lady Eaton's favourite ocean liners, The Ille de France, The Normandie as well as the magnificent structures, the Trocadero and Palais de Chaillot in Paris.
Carlu was noted for his masterpieces in the Art Moderne style, known as streamlined monumentalism for its clean lines and grand scale. The Seventh Floor exemplifies the style in every element as envisioned by Carlu, from the exquisite colour palette, to architectural and design details, original artwork, and the room appointments, to the glorious Lalique fountain gracing the centre of The Round Room Dining Room. Not surprisingly, it is said that the sheer beauty and unique shape of The Round Room may have inspired the design of The Rockefeller Center's celebrated Rainbow Room.
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