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Mayfair Park

Mayfair Park was centrally located and drew customers from approximately 50 neighboring cities, towns and villages with a population in excess of 300,000: Rome, Oriskany, Whitestown, Whitesboro, Yorkville, New York Mills, Stittville, Holland Patent, Marcy, Barneveld, Trenton, Herkimer, Ilion, Mohawk, Frankfort, Clinton, New Hartford, Willowvale, Clayville, Sauquoit and Utica.

The grounds included a natural stream flowing through the land. It had a modern and adequate Grove for clambakes, picnics, conventions, etc. Located only 7 minutes drive from the center of Utica, this was a versatile facility for a variety of functions.

Complete catering facilities all under cover, catering to the biggest and best clientele from 100 to 10,000 people. There was parking for 1,500 cars, a Ballroom capacity of 1,000, Hawaiian Room of 300, and a Lounge for 200.

There was also an outdoor eating pavilion, speaker's platform, two ball diamonds, and lights for outdoor evening affairs. All refreshment stands were protected from sun and rain by large overhanging canopies. The grounds and buildings were capable of handling 25,000 people in a day.

The building consisted of the Main Ballroom, Hawaiian Room, Bar, Lounge, long lunch counter, kitchen, and large capacity rest rooms, all housed in a two story structure constructed of steel, concrete and wood.

The Main Ballroom with a capacity of 1,000 people, occupied the entire top floor of the building. There were two band stands, and multiple combination lights including star shape and moon shape neon dome lights. The dancing space was of the highest grade hard wood with no pillars or obstructions of any kind, adjoined by ample check room facilities.

The Ballroom had its own terraced refreshment lounge fully equipped with bar and back bar and indirect lighting reflected from a curved ceiling. This hall was used for large dances, concerts, weddings, testimonials and other private and public functions of a thousand or more people. Because of its beauty and size, it was one of the most popular places of assembly in the area.

The Hawaiian Room, with a capacity of 300 people, was a medium size night club. Tastefully decorated in Hawaiian motif, it adjoined the Lounge and afforded ample room for dining and dancing. A large check room was conveniently located nearby. This room was used as a Night Club or for indoor catering such as weddings, dinner parties, banquets, and testimonial luncheons.

The Lounge was artistically decorated with a hand scrolled ceiling by Foster of London. It could accommodate 200 people. In addition to a 75 foot bar, the lounge included six bartender and two cashier stations.

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