The Windamere Event Venue and Art Gallery is complete — for now.
A chandelier, which once hung in Cincinnati Music Hall, was installed Friday high above the dance hall in the Windamere, 2 S. Main St.
Mica Glaser-Jones, one of three owners of the Windamere, said she looked for a chandelier since purchasing the former Bank One building in June 2015.
She saw on Facebook that Wooden Nickel, a Cincinnati company, was liquidating the assets from Music Hall as part of its major renovation. The chandelier was listed for $6,000. When there were no buyers, it was offered to the Windamere owners for $3,000, she said.
“We were looking for the perfect chandelier and it was in our backyard,” she said.
Her parents, owners of Sparks Electric, installed the chandelier Friday as part of their wedding gift. Mica and Theron Jones were married on Nov. 19 at the Sorg Opera House.
Ironically, the seats at the opera house also came from the Cincinnati Music Hall.
“We love that connection,” she said.
Glaser-Jones called the chandelier, which has 36 candle lights, the “crown jewel” of the event center that also features two bank vaults, one of the main floor, one in the basement, and seating for 225. While the reproduction of the chandelier was made in the 1950s, because of its design, it fits “perfectly” with the decor of the bank building that was built in 1929, she said.
The leaf motif on the chandelier matches the sconces on the wall and the pattern in the carpet, Glaser-Jones said.
“A little bit on bling,” she said. “It looks like it always should have been here. It’s just awesome.”
The 200-pound chandelier also can be lowered to the floor to make cleaning and light bulb changing easier, she said.
Windamere owners recently attended two bridal shows in Dayton and Sharonville and have booked 29 weddings this year and seven for 2018 and seven more tours of the building are scheduled, she said.
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