In the first instance, It is a ballroom the like of which has never been seen in Australia. It will accommodate 2,000 dancers, as well as 1,000 in the
alcoves and 2,000 spectators in the galleries.
Its motif is pure Renaissance, based on the Hall of Mirrors Versailles, but without the mirrors.
The ceiling: which carries a glorious crystal candelabra 30 feet long by 15 feet wide and weighing two tons, is supported on 24 chaste columns, each 24 feet high by two feet in diameter.
The floor is of kiln seasoned spotted gum boards only an inch wide and these are tongued, grooved and secretly nailed, all 17700 square feet of them. But the chief feature of the floor is that it is completely sprung on a cantilever principle invented by Mr. Eslick himself when in America.
Every square inch of it, even to the very borders, is resilient and the value of this to dancing is obvious.
The orchestra shell is a complete quarter-circle and therefore is acoustically perfect.
The illuminations for this and other features of the ballroom, although now only in preparation, promise to convert the exquisite decorative treatment into a veritable fairyland by night.
Promenades which surround the ballroom overlook the most magnificent panorama of city and distant ranges in Brisbane.
The grand entrance is dominated by a copper-domed rotunda rising to 85feet. It is supported on 18 Grecian columns 38 feet nigh, capped by a frieze depicting an ornamental dental course and an Impressive Grecian relief featuring dancing figures in a faithful classical motif.