Lillian Gaertner Palmedo
was a muralist, set designer and costume designer who worked in New York City during the 1920s and 1930s. When she was 14 years old, her skill as an artist was recognized by architect and theatrical designer Joseph Urban, who made her his protégé. He packed her off to art school in Vienna where she studied under the architect and designer Josef Hoffmann. Back in Manhattan, Palmedo was commissioned to paint murals at various hotels, theaters, restaurants, clubs and office buildings throughout the city, including the original Ziegfeld Theater (1927), the Persian Room at the Plaza Hotel (1934), the Hotel Pennsylvania, and the Essex House. As a costume and set designer she contributed to productions at Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera.
Here we see two details from her mural "The Joy of Life", rescued from the Ziegfeld when the theater was destroyed (despite public protests) in 1966. Click to enlarge image at top. Control-click "Urban planning" heading to hear Paul Whiteman playing a medley of the song hits of 1933 on NBC's Kraft Music Hall
(January 4, 1934), including "The Last Round-up" from the Ziegfeld Follies of 1934
(which opened that same day).
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