As a private home, the soaring entry hall of the Pink Palace mansion would have been finished in popular style, paneled in fine, dark woods and plaster ornamentation.
The ornamentation remains, but instead of wood panels, the 3-story tall room boasts a series of murals painted by young Memphis artist Burton Callicott, who would soon become famous world-wide.
The three murals were commissioned by the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) and commemorate the exploration of West Tennessee by the Spanish conquistador Hernando DeSoto. This masterpiece is the only surviving example of W.P.A. art in Memphis.