Ok, follow me on this one. It really has to do with real estate. See....I was sitting an open house one day and it was sort of quiet so I checked out this book on the coffee table about the history of ocean liners. Basically real estate brought me this information, don't you see?
In the 1920's & 1930's the Empress of Britain sailed as one of the finest luxury liners. To make it even grander, for the winter it reduced its passenger capacity to bring the staff to passenger ratio nearly 1 to 1. Then it set sail for four month voyages leaving New York and heading around the world.
Two things drew my attention to this ship. The pool here reminded me so much of the lobby of the Grand Budapest Hotel in the later years during the film. That clock and the artificial skylights trying to be created with the ceiling like that just reminded me of the film set. What do you think?
In my next post I'll tell you what noted illustrator Heath Robinson has to do with any of this.
Sarah Rothschild, Realtor & Architectural History Nerd.