On the other side stands the Great Hall, an impressive doubleheight space with large crown-like chandeliers hanging in the cavernous ceiling from the hammerbeam
timber roof structure.
Eidlitz, who was primarily responsible for the interior, departed from the historicizing envelope to create a seemingly modern interior (since rebuilt) characterized by a delicate hammerbeam
ceiling and galleries cantilevered on iron brackets.
Buchanan Street is also home to the Argyll Arcade with its ornate iron-framed hammerbeam
Architectural highlights include grotesque stone gargoyles and comely female faces carved into pillars of stone, cathedral-like hammerbeam
roofs, and stained-glass windows decorating the reading rooms, chapels, and great halls.
Apart from the architectural features, there is a regimental museum, military prison, the Mons Meg (a 500-year-old siege canon), a 12th century chapel, the Great Hall with an unusual hammerbeam
roof, the 15th century royal apartments, and outstanding northward views over the gardens and geometric patterned New Town.
Earlier in the day, Yell's trainer, John Hawkes, provided a major upset when his youngster Hammerbeam
beat the long-odds-on favourite Murphy's Blu Boy in the Blue Diamond Prelude.
Five stone statues of unnamed Saxon kings look down from alcoves beneath the 12th Century hammerbeam
The original plaster-grained ceiling depicting the Knights of the Garter had to be replaced with a new ceiling of oak hammerbeam
, the largest of its kind to be built this century.
The quality of the work, from the hammerbeam
roof to the stonework is superb.
The Great Hall, where Edward IV entertained 2,000 people at Christmas 1482, has been open for many years, enabling a comparatively few visitors to see the third largest hammerbeam
roof in, England.
The upper room, which has a hammerbeam
roof was built in 1641.
Centrepiece of the hotel is the magnificent, three-storey Great Hall with its carved stone walls, hammerbeam
roof and grand piano.