“For the America, it was decided that this the latest of our passenger ships should distinctly and completely represent our own personality; therefore, a simple, functional, comfortable American style was determined upon.” Dorothy Marckwald
Washington Post Editor Felix Morley on the interiors of the S.S. America.
To those who like dignity rather than pretentiousness, comfort rather than display, her size and speed will seem no drawback. Having traveled on the larger French and English ‘Blue Ribbon’ liners I can testify that the slower and smaller American competitor is easily the most attractive, both in decorations and that indefinable element of personality which every ship possesses.
Main deck smoking room forward. From the collection of Everett E Viez. Steamship Historical Society of America collections
First class cocktail lounge. This H shaped room was a dark and elegant watering hole. A favorite meeting place before lunch and dinner and equally popular for the after dinner brandy. Dark ebonized paneling was offset by bright green leather banquettes and bar stools. Cream colored drapes kept out any offending natural light. Carved Lucite columns shed a low indirect glow on imbibing patrons. The illuminated ceiling was covered by three amusing paintings depicted shipboard life by Constantine Alajalov
THE NEW STYLE. First Class smoking room S.S. America A Mariner’s Museum photo
Smoking room layout
Duck suite cut away
The ‘Duck suite’ with duck decorative panels was one of four VIP suites.
America first class ballroom
First class cabin
Tourist class stateroom: Aside from the porthole, this room had 4 berths, and two of everything. Two wardrobes, two dressers, two wash basins with hot and cold water. Bath and toilet facilities were down the corridor.
THE NEW LOOK: First class smoker makes use of inlaid linoleum patters on the floor and curvilinear recessed lighting overhead Photo from the L Driscoll collection
Tourist dinning room Library of Congress image
First class Ballroom
Photo Mariner’s Museum
First class promenade. Photo Mariner’s Museum
First class foyer/ Photo Museum of the City of New York
First class stateroom