In addition to attractive, home-like accommodations for twenty-four students, the building contains a large living room with kitchenette facilities, a matron's room and office, a guest suite, and a study and lounging room.
A remarkable piece of work in the interior has been done by E. Tadd Little & Son, well-known Winter Park decorators, who have searched from Nicaragua to New York State for rare old pieces to include in their plan for beautiful furnishings.
Believing that the American people do not enjoy genuine Spanish furniture and that the usual interior decoration and furnishings of such a Spanish type building are too often heavy, dark and filled with rigid and uncomfortable furniture, E. Tadd Little & Son have endeavored to keep all colors, both of furnishings and actual wall surfaces, strong and clear. In addition to a daring use of color, comfortable over-stuffed chairs and sofas have been used throughout.
The living room of Strong Hall, which is the largest and principal room in the building, has been built around the handsome brass cornices and hand-blocked linen that decorate the four large windows of the room. The five principal colors in the draperies are crimson, salmon and three shades of beige. These colors have also been used harmoniously in the many sofas, chairs and lamps. The floor is covered with a magnificent carpet of sand color bordered with a wide crimson band. Old pieces of ruby glass inlaid as a frame around peach colored glass form identical mirrors placed on each side of the front entrance.
An unusual story is connected with the pressed brass cornices adorning the windows in this and other rooms in the building. Originally made in England some 300 years ago, they were brought to the old Spanish city of Leon, high in the mountains of Nicaragua. There they were installed for nearly a century and a half in the spacious home of the Lacayo family in that city. The house has been the refuge of the president of Nicaragua during a long-ago revolution, and several times the cornices were almost destroyed. Recently, they were removed and brought, in sections, to this country by Mr. and Mrs. Gilman Lansdale of Winter Park. By careful piecing, mounting and treating this priceless brass work, six of the most beautiful sets of cornices to be found in America now adorn the living room and study room of Strong Hall.
A striking ornament in the room is the framed citation of The Order of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor presented by the government of France to Mrs. Strong in appreciation of her gift of a Home for the Face Wounded of France some years after the Great World War. The citation is hung in an especially prepared niche in the wall, and is framed with the ornate brass pieces from Nicaragua.
A small nook, used as a card room, adjoins the living room, done in gay colors and wood paneling. The furniture here is of red leather, and the draperies are of linen with Spanish dancing figures.
The library, or study room, situated across the large patio from the living room, has paneled walls and shades of green, brown and gold predominate in the furnishings. In this room one of the old brass cornices has been placed above the large picture window overlooking the patio.
The lamps and lamp shades throughout the various rooms are unusually varied and unique. Among them are two over-laid ruby glass table lamps in the living room, found in New York State, and for the library a large green bottle, brought from Cuba, has been converted into an attractive table lamp.
The guest suite, which includes a bedroom, sitting room, and tiled bath, has been done in dusty rose and pale blues to complement the French suntan mahogany furniture. The sitting room has been decorated in rose and copper shades.