Florida's Grand Hotels from the Gilded Age provides a look at these magnificent structures during their glory years, along with the fashionable entertainment and social and recreational pastimes that engaged their gilded guests.
Author: R. Wayne Ayers
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Florida in the late 1800s was a paradise waiting to be discovered. During this period, two visionary tycoons of the Gilded Age set out on separate ventures that would transform the Sunshine State from America's last frontier into a destination for the rich and famous. The grand hotels that Henry M. Flagler and Henry B. Plant opened at their planned resort sites offered a fantasy stay surrounded by all the accoutrements expected by sophisticated, Gilded Age patrons. Florida's Grand Hotels from the Gilded Age provides a look at these magnificent structures during their glory years, along with the fashionable entertainment and social and recreational pastimes that engaged their gilded guests.
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Author: Christopher Knowlton
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Christopher Knowlton, author of Cattle Kingdom and former Fortune writer, takes an in-depth look at the spectacular Florida land boom of the 1920s and shows how it led directly to the Great Depression. The 1920s in Florida was a time of incredible excess, immense wealth, and precipitous collapse. The decade there produced the largest human migration in American history, far exceeding the settlement of the West, as millions flocked to the grand hotels and the new cities that rose rapidly from the teeming wetlands. The boom spawned a new subdivision civilization—and the most egregious large-scale assault on the environment in the name of “progress.” Nowhere was the glitz and froth of the Roaring Twenties more excessive than in Florida. Here was Vegas before there was a Vegas: gambling was condoned and so was drinking, since prohibition was not enforced. Tycoons, crooks, and celebrities arrived en masse to promote or exploit this new and dazzling American frontier in the sunshine. Yet, the import and deep impact of these historical events have never been explored thoroughly until now. In Bubble in the Sun Christopher Knowlton examines the grand artistic and entrepreneurial visions behind Coral Gables, Boca Raton, Miami Beach, and other storied sites, as well as the darker side of the frenzy. For while giant fortunes were being made and lost and the nightlife raged more raucously than anywhere else, the pure beauty of the Everglades suffered wanton ruination and the workers, mostly black, who built and maintained the boom, endured grievous abuses. Knowlton breathes dynamic life into the forces that made and wrecked Florida during the decade: the real estate moguls Carl Fisher, George Merrick, and Addison Mizner, and the once-in-a-century hurricane whose aftermath triggered the stock market crash. This essential account is a revelatory—and riveting—history of an era that still affects our country today.
Springtime for a Resort Queen One of Florida's earliest resort hotels near
Daytona gets a modern facelift . Once a dazzling queen among the world's grand
hotels in the great Gilded Age , then a gradually fading beauty , maintaining
herself in ...
Author: Gene M. Burnett
Publisher: Pineapple Press Inc
-- Full of essays dealing with Florida's history in Gene Burnett's easygoing style -- Careful research and eclectic choice of topics make history good reading that educates and entertains -- Each volume divides Florida's people and events into Achievers and Pioneers, Villains and Characters, Heroes and Heroines, War and Peace, and Calamities and Social Turbulence -- Many essays were originally published in Florida Trend -- a bit of Florida history in each issue for over 15 years -- a tribute to Burnett's appeal -- A course in Florida history and a good read too
One of Florida's earliest resort hotels near Daytona gets a modern facelift. Once a
dazzling queen among the world's grand hotels in the great Gilded Age, then a
gradually fading beauty, maintaining herself in genteel poverty as she deftly ...
Author: Gene Burnett
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Virtually every month for fourteen years, Gene Burnett wrote a history piece under the title "Florida's Past" for Florida Trend, Florida's respected magazine of business and finance. The first volume of collected essays from that series proved so popular among book readers that two more volumes have been published. Pineapple Press is now proud to make them available in paperback. Burnett's easygoing style and his sometimes surprising choice of topics make history good reading. Each volume divides Florida's people and events into Achievers and Pioneers, Villains and Characters, Heroes and Heroines, War and Peace, and Calamities and Social Turbulence. Read a chapter and you'll find you've gone on to read more. Read this volume and you'll find yourself looking for the next two. Next in series > > See all of the books in this series
Grand hotels and wooden beach cottages came to define the South's Gilded Age,
and in no southern state did the emergence of the beach resort help transform
the image and economy more than Florida. The future of Florida's resorts pointed
Author: Harvey H. Jackson III
Publisher: UNC Press Books
What southerners do, where they go, and what they expect to accomplish in their spare time, their "leisure," reveals much about their cultural values, class and racial similarities and differences, and historical perspectives. This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture offers an authoritative and readable reference to the culture of sports and recreation in the American South, surveying the various activities in which southerners engage in their nonwork hours, as well as attitudes surrounding those activities. Seventy-four thematic essays explore activities from the familiar (porch sitting and fairs) to the essential (football and stock car racing) to the unusual (pool checkers and a sport called "fireballing"). In seventy-seven topical entries, contributors profile major sites associated with recreational activities (such as Dollywood, drive-ins, and the Appalachian Trail) and prominent sports figures (including Althea Gibson, Michael Jordan, Mia Hamm, and Hank Aaron). Taken together, the entries provide an engaging look at the ways southerners relax, pass time, celebrate, let loose, and have fun.
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professional careers in the New York play in the grand ... developer style
specializing in hotels , churches , and estates — and of Florida's east coast , for
whom they designed a numcharged the ... Ummersty Baroque lobby and its
famous grand stair .
Author: Charles E. Brownell
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
The long tradition of architecture in Virginia begins with the earliest structures at the Jamestown settlement in 1607, and continues today with some of the most advanced buildings yet completed anywhere. In its legendary landmarks -- Mount Vernon, Monticello, the Virginia Capitol building in Richmond, the James River plantation mansions, the Reynolds Metals headquarters building in Richmond, Washington National Airport, and Dulles International Airport -- as well as in homes, churches, stories, and office buildings across the state, Virginia's architecture is a mirror of the many expressions of America's built environments. This book invites the readers on a journey through the eye and mind of the architect, from the very drawings that give shape and form to the idea, through the tracks and traces found in long lost letters, office records, and other primary sources. You will never see the buildings around you, anywhere, in the same way again. -- From publisher's description.
... exclusive , it is a land of mansions , Rolls Royces , glittering balls that harken
back , in scale , to the Gilded Age . ... of the Florida East Coast Railway who was
so instrumental in developing Florida's coast , essentially created Palm Beach as
a ... In 1926 , the heirs of Flagler's widow decided to put an end to inflammable
hotels and rebuilt the hotel in stone . ... It may remind you of a grand Italian villa ,
or – if you have traveled in Italy - several specific villas : the exterior is copied
from the ...
Author: Janet Groene
Publisher: Nelles Verlag
"The writing is superb... each (Nelles) guide is delightfully comprehensive, a solid source of reliable information for the traveller... All travel guides claim to be comprehensive, but we found Nelles Guides superior". -- Arizona Senior World "(The Nelles Guides are) . . . beautifully photographed . . . the maps are better than Insight's, and practical information is integrated with the text, not relegated to the end". -- National Geographic Traveller -- Quality writing, often by native writers -- Detailed sections on the history, culture, special features and festivals -- Accommodations, restaurant guides, sights to see, places to shop, how to get around