Did you know…one of the original artists involved in the Colonial Theatre was world renowned artist and interior designer, Danish-born Peter Holdensen from Newton, MA?? Holdensen was a gifted artist who often had several of his canvases displayed in the National Art Gallery at Copenhagen.
A native of Ribe, Denmark, he came to America at the age of 15 in 1883 to study art and by 1890 he had established his own interior decorator’s studio on Boylston Street in Boston. Known for his striking decors for many hotels, restaurants and theatres, he also designed interiors for a number of New England churches.
In 1946, King Christian X of Denmark decorated him with the Medal of Liberation in recognition of his outstanding work for Denmark while the country was under Nazi occupation.
Holdensen also designed the Danish Room and the Egyptian Room at the Eastland Hotel in Portland, Maine – now the Westin Portland Harborview. He passed away in 1952 at the age of 84.
Now that is an interesting piece of history!!