1886 – opening of Speilen
In 1886, the capital's most impressive ballroom "Speilen" opened. Here you could dine to music from the best orchestras. The hall had a beautifully decorated ceiling, old pink columns and wall areas filled with mirrors. This became the meeting place for the academics and diplomats.
The most beautifull banquet hall Norway has ever had, opened in 1894, with Henrik Ibsen, among others, present. "Rococo" spanned two floors, and was richly decorated with Krogh's paintings along the ceiling and walls. The artist carnivals, countless balls, and Petra Sands' soirées were held here to raise income for her orphanage. Last but not least, the "Balselskabet Foreningen" with Queen Maud and King Haakon as high patrons held their events in this hall. When Roald Amundsen returned to Oslo after his successful expedition to the South Pole in 1912, a celebratory banquet was held at the Grand Hotel.