Garden of Allah is a Dream of
Add to the north shore's pleasing var-
iety of archrtectur magnificent Moorish castle, very appropriately entitled
"The Garden of Allah".
This amazingly beautiful structure in
its setting of virgin forest at Lake avenue and Waukegan road received many
city folk—people constantly in search of
thrills and usually disappointed—who
were utterly astounded at the majesty
and oriental splendor of this fairy castle
transplanted into the reality of Chicago's
The Garden of Allah beggars description. It is not only magnificent, it is
luxurious. In its every detail the Moorish scheme of architecture and appointment is implanted with studied care.
One enters through a richly carpeted
reception room upon the imposing spectacle of the main dining hall, also expensively carpeted, its walls done in splendid colorings and striking stencils of
Moorish scenes; At the near end of
the long aisles of tables is a cozy fireplace with the accompanying thickly
cushioned lounges and divans arranged
with a suggestion of complete comfort.
A glance down the rows of tables and
beyond rewards one with a view of the
palm-screened and elegantly draped orchestra rostrum. Approaching, one finds
the rostrum is placed in the center of a
great circular dance floor half of which
extends in the dining hall, the other half
out upon the great open veranda which
describes a perfect horseshoe about the
hall; and entry to which is gained through
numberless portals which, in the aggregate, comprise a continuous wall of
richly shaded "glass doors.
At the extreme east end of the building, completely shut out from view of the
dining hall, are the large kitchens-
models of the modern culinary art. The
kitchens alone entail an expenditure of
many thousands of dollars, one is informed.
On the upper floors are private dining and banquet halls done in a quiet,
dignified tone with emphasis on the Moorish effect. Here, also, are hidden away
the servants' quarters.
The Garden of Allah represents a cost of approximately $200,000.
It is certain to be one of the show
places of the middle west.