I hope they told their families about the ice under the dance floor...
The evening was December 13, 1946. It was a Friday and the temperatures had cooled enough to require a jacket. Earlier, the day had held a high temperature in the 60’s. Just enough to give an impression of an easy winter. Even in Texas, though, the cold has been known to snap a time or two.
But weather wasn’t the conversation…
Tonight it was going to be all about festivities with friends. A birthday celebration. A celebration that would take place at not just any venue - no. Tonight everyone was going to the famous Century Room in the Adolphus Hotel.
The hotel itself was a creation made with the backing of Adolphus Busch. The famous beer-maker agreed to participate in the venture and The Adolphus would open in October of 1912.
The Century Room was located on the 19th floor of the hotel. It was a place to be seen in Dallas. Famous acts like The Andrews Sisters and Tony Bennet were said to have played to standing room only crowds within those infamous walls.
This night in 1946, however, the evening’s entertainment would likely be Dot Franey and her “Ice Review”. For up on that 19th floor - in the center of all of that socializing - was a retractable dance floor with an ice rink. Dot Franey and her Ice Review were all the rage.
It was the evening of the Barr Birthday Party. 37 friends would manage to all plan to meet on this same evening to celebrate. Finding sitters for the kids and coordinating schedules - it was finally a night to let loose. There would be chatter of President Truman. There may be talk of the Frank Sinatra singing Oh! What it Seemed to Be.
Cocktails like the Old Fashioned and the Manhattan would be splashing with every laugh and exuberant toast.
Stories would abound and it would seem as though the room was the loudest place on earth… until the lights went down.
Once the entertainment came to a close, and the applause transitioned back to chatter, the photographer would be sure to get the keepsakes to where they needed to be. This night, everyone was having a great time and everyone was ready to sign off on it.