“The Patch” - This small brown patch of ceiling was left intentionally untouched by the restoration crew as a reminder of just how badly the ceiling was neglected over the years preceding the 1990’s restoration. Before the restoration that brown patch you see there covered the entire ceiling and essentially blocked out the mural work of French artist Paul Cesar Helleu’s night sky and constellations. Amazingly, it was determined that the soot on the ceiling was in fact composed mainly of tar and nicotine from cigarette smoke. I can only imagine what that stuff does to your lungs.
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