Friday, June 19, 2015

Historic Plains Lobby Ceiling


The Main Lobby Ceiling of The Historic Plains Hotel




In 2002 The Historic Plains Hotel underwent a renovation and restoration, with the main lobby ceiling taking on a stain glass feature honoring the galaxy in which we live.  All Cowboys would follow sun rise and sun set bearings from East to West and then off set their bearing North to South opposite the sun through the day.  This would play a role in cross country travel, wagon trains and primitive maps of the time.  The ceiling layout of the solar system keeps in mind our cowboy heritage with travel as well as the spirituality of the stars and planets from the Native American Indians living among Wyoming Plains in the late 1800’s.

Looking closely at the cross beams you will see various sayings honoring hospitality and those whom have served her before us. 

 

In the Crossbeams of the stain glass can we found the following sayings?

SOLI DEO GLORIA = ONLY IN GODS GLORY

In the early days of settlers heading out west this was a saying used, “all was done in the glory of God”, Today can be found throughout the Christian Community and has been used by many scholars over the years and in composer Johann Sebastian Bach appended the initials "SDG" to the musical manuscripts of each of his cantatas and many of his other works.

THE PLAINSHOTEL - CHEYENNE WYOMING = Your Current Location

HOSPITALITY – COMPASSION – TOLERANCE = All qualities of The Historic Plains Staff

VERITAS = MEANING TRUTH

In Roman mythology, Veritas (meaning truth) was the goddess of truth, a daughter of Saturn and the mother of Virtue. It was believed that she hid in the bottom of a holy well because she was so elusive. Her image is shown as a young virgin dressed in white.  Veritas is also the name given to the Roman virtue of truthfulness, which was considered one of the main virtues any good Roman should have possessed.

VENUSTATIS / FIRMITATIS / UTILITATIS = Beauty, Firmness, and Convenience

The three conditions of architecture the earliest surviving written work on the subject of architecture is De architecture, by the Roman architect Vitruvius in the early 1st century CE.   According to Vitruvius, the architect should strive to fulfill each of these three attributes as well as possible.  We know you will find these within the Plains Hotel.

WELCOME PARDNER = WELCOME PARTNER

Code of the West Welcome, Cowboys looks upon each other as equals and no one was better than the next; they tipped their hat and extended a welcoming hand, as we do here at The Historic Plains.

PAYING IT FORWARD = A good deed given is to be paid to the next folks coming your way

This was a unwritten code of early settlers heading out West, as they all struggled to reach their destination, a helping hand and paying it onto the next group was a unwritten lifestyle, be it on the plains, in the rocky mountains or on the various wagon train routes through our country, this was all part of the lifestyle. 

 NOTHING BUT THE BEST – HARRY P HYNDS MOTTO

One of the First General Managers of The historic Plains Hotel would say this to all guests and employees of The Historic Plains.

DEO JUVA = GOD HELP US

Again a saying used by early settlers heading west, as storms, hostile Indians and robbers would always be a treat they would all use this as a saying in route to their destination, some making it and some not.