The walls are covered in aluminum leaf, which was a new material in 1936. Above more black Pyrenees wainscoting are eight figures spaced on shields between the windows. The enclosing shape of each design is in Spanish baroque style, and each represents an important aspect of life in South Texas. The figures include a Franciscan priest, farmer, dock worker, citrus harvester, and bathing beauty. Lynn Ford’s woodcarvings symbolize history and romance, a reminder of the experience that awaits everyone who visits South Texas.