The executive floor of the new ACT TAB offices in 1978 was dubbed the "Tab Mahal", The Canberra Times, on this day 42 years ago.
When the high-speed lift halted gently at floor seven, one would step into a wonderland of stainless steel, leather and carpet, according to the front page story.
The entry corridor was filled with tinted glass murals depicting scenes of horse racing, trotting and greyhound racing, the main money-raising activities at the time.
To the left of the lifts was the secretary's office, soundproofed and tastefully decorated with potted plants.
The corridor was panelled - it was said - with 37 kilometres of imported timber.
The chairman's office, with panoramic views of Canberra, was huge.
It contained an embossed leather desk, complemented by cigarette boxes in the same material.
The opened door adjacent to the office revealed an eight-metre long, stainless steel and leather bar.
The third side of the seventh floor was occupied by a kitchen and canteen to seat 20 people, fully carpeted and fitted out to the highest standards.
Mr John Robertson, the general manager of the NSW TAB, remarked that the ACT TAB's new headquarters were larger than those in Sydney, which had 540 branches and turned over 21 times as much money per year.