Visiting Smith Tower Viewing Deck & Chinese Room
The 42-story tower has an air of elegance and class as you walk in. The brass elevator cabs still holding on to its vintage style look and still manned by an operator. Stepping out of the elevator (that’s lifts for us Londoners) you are immediately inside the Chinese Room.
As a gift to Lyman Cornelius Smith, the original owner of the building, the Empress of China gifted to Smith the decorating of this room. As you walk in the walls are decorated in flowery wall cover with red over lay, of course, the colour red is part of the Chinese traditional culture.
Wishing for a harmonious marriage in the Chinese Room
The room also features 776 opulent hand-carved wooden ceiling made with semi-precious porcelain dics, beautiful and ornately craved blackwood love seats and chairs including 17th century art. Another item in the room that drawers people to the tower is the 300-year old Wishing Chair with carvings of a dragon and phoenix which in Chinese culture relate to harmonious marriage.
Legend has it that if a single woman so sits on the chair and sincerely wishes to be married shall wed within a year. Smith’s daughter herself was married in this room so I don’t know whether the legend is true or whether its a gimmick to promote the wedding functions that are regularly held in this room. Well if you do manage to wed within a year after planting one’s derrière on the wishing chair then please drop a cynic a line or two. If you tie the knot and need inspiration on places to go perhaps these vacation travel quotes will do jus the trick!