The above photo was taken during the 1950′s for Life magazine of a cotillion in .
The photographs are a rare look at a Harlem society that vanished in the following decades along with an interior view of a once prominent building in Harlem.
This was also an important event for the young gentlemen of the Harlem and they would be paired off with the ladies at the gala.
The formal classical balconies and accoutrements in the historic Renaissance Ballroom in Central Harlem on the corner of 138th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. and 7th Avenue.
The final image below is of the New York City commissioner posing for a photograph with Harlem debutantes 1964 (Source).