M985.230.5031 | The Prince's visit to North America. Grand ball tendered to the Prince of Wales by the citizens of Montreal on the evening of Monday, Aug. 27, 1860, in the ballroom expressely built for the occassion

 
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The Prince's visit to North America. Grand ball tendered to the Prince of Wales by the citizens of Montreal on the evening of Monday, Aug. 27, 1860, in the ballroom expressely built for the occassion
Anonyme - Anonymous
1860, 19th century
Ink on newsprint - Wood engraving
39.3 x 54.5 cm
Gift of Mr. Colin McMichael
M985.230.5031
© McCord Museum
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On the evening of Monday, August 27, 1860 a Citizens' Ball for ten thousand people was held in honour of the Prince of Wales in a pavilion specially erected on St. Catherine Street between Peel and Drummond Streets. The City Council stipulated that the pavilion was to be a temporary edifice, to be removed within five days of the event. The architect A.B. Taft designed a building measuring over 275 meters in circumference with a central circular area 65.5 meters in diameter and a total 7 618 meters of surface space. The orchestra was placed in the centre on an elevated platform, and galleries capable of holding two thousand people surrounded the dance floor. The pavilion was gas-lit, and the interior decoration consisted of pink-painted canvas with accents of white and green. His Royal Highness arrived with his suite at the ball about 10 p.m. and remained until four in the morning, having danced twenty of the twenty-one dances.