Ballantyne Magazine

Winter 2018

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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white tones and hand-painted gold ac- cents, paying tribute to North Carolina's legacy as the first state in the country where gold was discovered. "The soaring nature of the installation is also an homage to North Carolina being first in flight," says Radke, acknowledg- ing the Wright brothers' early 20th-century accomplishment on the Outer Banks. The state also has a history of spectacular emerald finds. Therefore, in the Great Room, brilliant green carpeting complements comfy seating. Artwork and photos also celebrate the Old North State's history in a space adjacent to the Gallery Bar, a popular spot for socializing and pre-dinner cocktails. More recent state history is depicted along a primary hotel corridor near the Ballantyne Ballroom and Grand Staircase. Creation of the hotel is also chronicled in images of the prop- erty as it came under development. Thanks to the display, guests find it easy to connect the softly rolling south Charlotte land and Natural light floods the lobby from grand windows, bathing an overhead art installation of five interlocking gold rings. The Great Room's brilliant green d├ęcor highlights North Carolina's history of spectacular emerald finds. The re-styled bar in the lobby is now called "The Ryal" after a Scottish unit of currency. Photo by Ray Sepesy Photo by Ray Sepesy Raj Radke BALLANTYNE WINTER 2018 - 2019 53 Feature

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