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Curious? Ask Chris: The story behind the faces at The Louisville Palace

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --For close to a century, the Louisville Palace has hosted some of the best in music and entertainment.
Prince, Bob Dylan, and Diana Ross are just a few. While the performers may bring in crowds, the venue keeps patrons coming back.

"I think this is a place to be cherished," said Sydney O'Bryan, Director of Events.

Part of it is also the topic of today's question.

Gail writes: "Chris, explain the significance behind the faces etched into the Palace's ceiling. "

Do you know what she's talking about? Some people miss them.

"People are so captivated by the actual theater that they do forget that in the lobby, there is all this architectural wonder out here," O'Bryan said.

The lobby is named after 139 plaster faces, first installed back in the 1920s when the Palace was built, then restored in the late 80s.

"They're comprised of different composers, philosophers, and playwrights," she said.

Names like Dante, Mozart, and Apollo are represented. They're icons captured in art, representing everything the Palace and its performers stand for.

"There are not many places in this country that are still standing with this type of architecture," said O'Bryan.

12 faces repeat to fill up the space and then there are two other not-so-recognizable faces-- Palace architect, John Eberson and restoration financial backer, John Siegel.

"He's the one up there with a 5 o'clock shadow," O'Bryan explained.

All of the faces are men, and some would like to see a little more diversity.

"Hopefully one of these days, we'll see a female face up in there," she added.

Until then, "the Faces Lobby" is a cool addition to the tradition at the Palace that you won't find anywhere else.

Thanks for the question, Gail.

If you have a question for Chris, here's how you get in touch:
Twitter: @chrissutter
Facebook: Search Chris Sutter in the search box

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