1889 Dancing at Benjamin Harrison's Ball

National Building Museum

National Building Museum

"The new Pension building, where the inaugural ball was held, was a blaze of light last night, and the houses in the immediate vicinity were illuminated and decorated, while hundreds of carriages filled the thoroughfares, and the scene was a perfect carnival of animation, which was made all the more dazzling by the glare of the electric light that almost turned night into day... Without the least fear of exaggeration the scene presented within the ballroom may be said to have been the most magnificent in point of dazzling brilliancy and varied richness ever witnessed in America, and doubtless will never be excelled, if, indeed, it can ever again be equaled here."
-The Evening Star, 1885

Source Library of Congress.

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