In that year Michael and Alice Halkias, fresh from several real estate projects, bought the structure, optimistically renamed it Grand Prospect Hall and gradually reopened the rest of the building.
After almost two decades and "millions of dollars," Mr.
The Brooklyn Quartet Club, the Brooklyn Rifle Club and other organizations called the building home, with special rooms and storage areas for their papers.
An early Prospect Hall advertisement promised "high-class motion pictures and vaudeville" every night, a "country butcher shop" on Tuesdays and a "safe and sane Fourth" celebration on July 4,including a three-reeler of Teddy Roosevelt in South Africa.
He pointed out the dolphins, bananas and acanthus flowers nesting in the intricate plasterwork, now painted Miami Beach melon, turquoise and yellow with gold-leaf highlights.