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Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa celebrates California’s Arts and Crafts movement that was popular in the early 1900s. Traditional brown shingles top the hotel, while green-gray gravel covers the balcony, eaves and lower roof areas. The Craftsman style is evident in the enormous 7,000-square-foot lobby, called the Great Hall, with its exposed rafters, skylights, tapered columns, decorative stone and woodwork and overhanging eaves. The trusses and beams are designed to look like the trunk of a California redwood, the state tree. (The columns and walls actually include African mahogany veneer while the floor is natural cherry with ebony and mahogany accents.)
The back wall has a colorful panel of art glass with deep red, iridescent purple, yellow, amber and green. The California-poppy-patterned carpet was inspired by the textile work of designer William Morris. The design movement was an organic one, and that’s reflected in the oak leaf motif throughout the hotel, in the furniture upholstery, graphics and woodwork. The pool area is a nod to the backyard of the Gamble House in Pasadena (by Charles and Henry Greene) and features arroyo stone, distinctive clinker bricks and interlocking joinery found in the trelliswork. The California Boardroom is modeled after the children’s playroom built by Frank Lloyd Wright in his Oak Park, Illinois, home and has a huge barrel-vaulted ceiling, giant wood beams and signature cylindrical light fixtures.