Trumbauer-designed ceiling installed – and updated – a century later in the Union League

For more than 100 years, the grand ballroom in the Union League hosted the organization’s most important events, from dinner-dances to major addresses by Republican leaders of the city and state, as well as almost every 20th-century president from William Howard Taft to Richard Milhous Nixon.

But Lincoln Hall was never quite the space envisioned by its renowned designer. Until this year.

A five-month, $6 million project by BLT Architects and Eberlein Design Consultants finally installed the ceiling designed in 1911 by Horace Trumbauer, the architect best known for the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Free Library.

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