WHAT HAPPENS IN A HOTEL LOBBY …
In this 1934 image, the King David Hotel lobby evokes Temple imagery, with its long corridor, stone pillars, and menorah candelabra, which is particularly powerful as it is nearly washed out by the light pouring in from the window.
Yet perhaps more interesting than the physical space itself, is what happened in that space.
Aside for the expected business meetings and family gatherings, the lobby has also surely witnessed countless first dates, both the successful and the awkward and uncomfortable. Arranged dates, known as shidduch dates, are common among Jewish Orthodox and Hasidic communities. In keeping with strict standards of modesty, these dates are held only in very public spaces, making extravagant and open hotel lobbies like this one ideal.
King David Hotel - Interior. Jerusalem, 1934, Collection of the Yeshiva University Museum. 2009.417