Revival of the Fittest
The Main Building was pink. Or more accurately, coral. In fact, the original 1925 color was created by the Gutta Percha Paint Company exclusively for the hotel and was named “Vinoy.”
The octagonal Observation Tower, built to resemble a Renaissance-style bell tower though it never held a bell, provided a lofty perch for guests to enjoy the view, just like an Italian seaside villa.
Decorative archways ruled the roost. The Moorish influence can be seen in the carved stone treatment of the main entrance door and in the great arched window in the south wall of the dining room wing.
A Veranda, constructed along the full length of the lobby, provided a cool and breezy respite from the hot, Florida sun, much like a Mediterranean palazzo.
The Lobby featured a decorative quarry tile floor below and pecky cypress beams above. Both the original floor and ceiling grace the Vinoy lobby today.
Barrel ceilings, archways and ornate plaster moldings highlighted the Vinoy’s Grand Ballroom in a display of absolute symmetry. During the ballroom’s 2009 renovation, the resort unveiled a one-of-a-kind chandelier sculpture designed by glass master Dale Chihuly, featuring 750 pieces of individually hand-blown glass in the timeless Venetian tradition.
The Pompeian Dining Room tapped into the news-making goings-on of its archeological namesake, where a flurry of new discoveries in the 1920s captured the public’s imagination. The vibrant “Pompeian” colors of red, blue, black and yellow, plus fanciful and mythological decorative motifs were lavishly applied in the elegant, dining room overlooking Tampa Bay. The complete renovation of the Vinoy in the 1990s included the extensive and meticulous partial restoration of the original frescos that are seen today in Marchand’s Bar & Grill. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the re-opening of the Vinoy in 1992, a further restoration is underway.