Design for the hall is based on two Georgian plantation houses on the James River in Virginia.
Designed by Edward Vason Jones, the hall's paneled interior is based on the interior of Carter's Grove (1751-1753) and Westover (1674-1744), two great Georgian plantation houses on the James River in Virginia. The Hall is a handsome space with thirteen-foot ceilings and a Tabriz rug on its mahogany floor. The ceiling is a copy of that taken from the Powel House in Philadelphia. The cut-glass chandelier is English, c. 1800. The bombe desk is from Boston, c. 1755-1770. Above it hangs a New York Looking Glass, c. 1765. To the left is one of the Collection's masterpieces, a secretary desk of 1753 by Benjamin Frothingham, Jr.