Gary Hammond once again challenged you to solve this weekend's Mystery Foto.
Mystery Foto questions:
- Where was this photo taken?
The first floor dining room of the Petit Trianon Inn in Lake Ronkonkoma.
- What was the orientation of the photographer? Provide a rationale.
Based on Bob DeStefani's layout, the photographer was on the north side of the dining room looking south.
- What was the price of a lobster entree at this location in 1914?
$1.50 (equivalent to $36.54 today).
Congrats to Bob DeStefani, PJ Ingrassia, Greg O., Frank Femenias, Art Kleiner, Tim Ivers and Steve Lucas for identifying the dining room of the Petit Trianon Inn. Kudos to Bob DeStefani, Greg O., Frank Femenias, Art Kleiner, Tim Ivers and Steve Lucas for tracking down the price of lobster in 1914.
As a follow-up to Bob DeStefani's fabulous remembrances and detailed drawings, this Mystery Foto is an image of the Dining Room of the Petit Trianon showing the balcony with the plants on it supported by decorative brackets, and with open latticework. Also looking through the doorway you can spot a stair railing with its newel post and vertical balusters.
The detail of this real photo postcard is wonderful - note the narrow board wood floor, the metal lighting fixtures, the caned back chairs, and glassware on the tables. The back service area seems to contain bins for the different silverware, along with other serving pieces including creamers & sugar bowls, also some liquor bottles. You can see the arch of the ceiling, and at least three colors on the walls and trim.