The Hall of Springs was the first building to have its cornerstone laid during the construction of the Modern Spa, 1933-35. The building was intended as a Drink Hall patterned after the European example. Three representative types of water (Geyser, Hathorn, and Coesa) would be piped into the Hall for patrons to drink while they listened to live orchestral music and strolled inside or out. Because the waters lost carbonation in storage and corroded the copper-lined storage tanks, this scheme was never fully realized.
The interior atmosphere of grand style was enhanced by the marble floors and columns, Belgian crystal chandeliers, and high vaulted ceiling. The purpose of the Hall of Springs may be better understood if it’s compared with a German Beer Hall, with one major difference; the water was seen as being healthy for mind and body. But the social reasons for coming to a drinking hall were comparable.
Some of the workers involved in constructing this building were: Russian iron-workers, Italian plasterers who worked on the high vaulted ceiling, and Austrian stonecutters who carved the figures on the front of the building. A master bricklayer from Albany, Joe Skelly, built the niches over the colonnades.
The Hall of Springs was where the construction of the Modern Spa began and it was considered to be the jewel of the entire complex. Dignitaries gathered for the laying of its cornerstone and a great crowd of VIP’s, including Governor Herbert Lehman, gathered for the formal opening of the new Saratoga Spa on July 26, 1935, near this very spot. Thousands of residents of Saratoga Springs and the surrounding areas came to the opening and long lines of cars lined the gravel drives.
The build-up to this event was long and exciting. A "Get to Know Your Spa" campaign was started that Spring by the Junior Chamber of Commerce and every week from early Spring thru July, the public was invited to hear a speech by someone extolling the virtues which the Spa would bring to Saratoga Springs. A statement in the June 14 edition of The Saratogian said that the Spa was the first major project to be finished under the President Roosevelt’s New Deal.
Pierrepont Noyes, President of the Saratoga Preservation Authority which handled financing for the Spa, declared that the Spa would give health, happiness and increased years to persons who otherwise would not have had them.
The steps and grass mall in front of the Hall of Springs was the site of the official opening of the New Saratoga Spa on July 26, 1935.
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In 1988, after an extensive search across three counties, Angelo purchased Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia. He added 12,000 square feet to the original house, including a restaurant and two ballrooms. With a desire to better serve the business community, a 22-room Inn was added in 1995. This completed the property as one of the most unique in the area. Starting in 1996, Mansion Catering became the exclusive caterer at the Hall of Springs banquet facility located on the grounds of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. With a busy year-round event calendar, the Hall of Springs also offers a seasonal restaurant during the classical performance series at the theater. In Spring 2005, Angelo's 677 Prime opened in downtown Albany's theater district becoming the leading restaurant in the Capital District. This upscale steakhouse and wine bar has a popular Wine Society, as well as showcases some of the area's leading artists. 2007 was a busy year for Angelo and Mazzone Hospitality. As part of another redevelopment of Downtown Schenectady, Angelo returned to his original Peggy's location for the creation of a first class bistro and wine bar, Aperitivo Bistro. In June of 2007 Angelo took over the food service at Saratoga National Golf Club, and opened Prime at Saratoga National - an upscale steakhouse based on the style of Angelo's 677 Prime; and broke ground on a large Grand Ballroom on the second floor of the Golf Club which opened in May 2008. The catering arm continued to grow with the inclusion of the Fasig-Tipton "Man o' War" dining offerings. This includes serving lunch and bar fare during the horse sales in Saratoga Springs, as well as social events utilizing the grand space. Almost 20 years to the day of opening Glen Sanders Mansion, Angelo and his team not only completed a one million dollar makeover to the ballroom and hotel lobby, but also completely renovated the restaurant to become Angelo's Tavolo, featuring modern Italian cuisine that is like no other restaurant in the area. Also in 2009, Angelo created another division with PRIME Business Dining which includes cafeteria-style dining at GLOBALFOUNDRIES in Malta, the Golub Corporation headquarters, SI Group, Empire State Plaza and more. In February 2011, Mazzone Hospitality signed a contract with Proctors to become the exclusive caterer at their new venture Key Hall at Proctors - a refurbished bank right next door to Proctors. Continuing to grow in 2011, Angelo's Prime Bar & Grill opened along with becoming the exclusive caterer inside the Hilton Garden Inn in Clifton Park. 2012-2013 were growing years for our Mazzone Catering division as Mazzone Hospitality became the exclusive caterer at 90 State Street in Albany, and by adding the MH Express division serving our corporate clients with drop-off catering. In 2013 Angelo opened the Tala Bistro in Latham. Mazzone Hospitality, nurtured by Angelo Mazzone, has proven it can make dreams come true, not only for our thousands of guests, but for Angelo and his staff as well. Together they provide the area with unsurpassed events, quality catering, exceptional fine dining restaurants and a company founded on the philosophy of customer service.
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NYS Thruway (90) north to Exit 24. Follow signs I-87 north to Montreal, to Exit 13N Saratoga Springs. Following Route 9 north, at the fourth traffic light turn left at Avenue of the Pines. Follow signs for Hall of Springs
NYS Thruway (87) north to Exit 13N Saratoga Springs. Following Route 9 north, at the fourth traffic light turn left at Avenue of the Pines. Follow signs for Hall of Springs
Mass Pike west to NYS Thruway (90). Proceed west to Exit 24. Follow signs I-87 north to Montreal, to Exit 13N - Saratoga Springs. Following Route 9 north, at the fourth traffic light turn left at Avenue of the Pines. Follow signs for Hall of Springs.
I-87 south to Exit 13N - Saratoga Springs. Following Route 9 north, at the fourth traffic light turn left at Avenue of the Pines. Follow signs for Hall of Springs.
NYS Thruway east to Exit 27. Turn right on to Route 30 north. Follow to Route 67 east. Follow Route 67 east to Route 50 north (approximately 20 miles) Turn left on to Route 50 north. Turn right into the Spa Park after passing the large Saratoga Performing Arts Center parking lots. Follow signs to Hall of Springs.
Route 50 north. Once past the large Saratoga Performing Arts Center parking lots, make a right at the light into Spa Park. Follow signs to Hall of Springs.
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Dimensions: 63' x 130' (Pillar to Pillar)
Square Feet: 8190ft2
Dance Floor: Versatile
Ceiling Height: 38ft
Sit Down Dinner Counts: 425 people max
Cocktail Reception Counts: 500 people max