Florida s Grand Hotels from the Gilded Age

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.

Florida s Grand Hotels from the Gilded Age

Author: R. Wayne Ayers

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738541822

Page: 128

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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.

Bubble in the Sun

Florida's Grand Hotels from the Gilded Age. Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia, 2005. Babson, Roger W. Actions and Reactions: An Autobiography of Roger W. Babson. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1935. Bair, Deirdre. Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, ...

Bubble in the Sun

Author: Christopher Knowlton

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1982128399

Page: 432

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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.

The Boca Raton Resort Club

Florida's Grand Hotels from the Gilded Age. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2005. Carr, Charles C. Alcoa: An American Enterprise. New York: Rinehart and Co., 1952. Curl, Donald W. Mizner's Florida: American Resort Architecture.

The Boca Raton Resort   Club

Author: Donald Curl

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1625843720

Page: 128

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The Boca Raton Resort & Club, originally known as the Cloister Inn, was designed by famed Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner to house prospective investors in his planned Boca Raton development. His dream, however, dissolved with the end of the Florida land boom and the 1926 Miami hurricane, as his Cloister Inn was acquired by utilities magnate Clarence Geist. Geist hired hotel architects Schultze and Weaver to design a major addition to the hostelry. Reopened as the Boca Raton Club in 1930, it became a principal employer and the primary tourist attraction in Boca Raton in ensuing years, its revival linked in many ways with that of the small community. Join architectural historian Donald Curl as he chronicles the lovely landmark that opened in 1926 as a small inn on Lake Boca Raton and has since become the city's most exclusive destination.

Florida s Past

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 ...

Florida s Past

Author: Gene Burnett

Publisher: Pineapple Press Inc

ISBN: 9781561641178

Page: 280

View: 776

-- 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

Florida s Past Vol 3

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 ...

Florida s Past  Vol 3

Author: Gene Burnett

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1561647608

Page: 272

View: 120

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

On the Origin of the Species homo touristicus

Hotel Ponce de Leon opens in St. Augustine, Florida, and ushers in the novel idea of wintering in Florida! Other Gilded Age grand hotels, like the lavish 1,150-room Hotel Royal Poinciana in 1894, and the Palm.

On the Origin of the Species homo touristicus

Author: William D. Chalmers

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781450289276

Page: 400

View: 895

A stunningly well-researched book, offering readers an authentically fresh and at times wickedly off -the-beaten path irreverent look at travel history and the evolution of homo touristicus. This insightful book takes you on a Grand Tour full of fun and interesting nuggets about travel— the past, the present, and soon to be future, that is sure to make you laugh, make you think, and keep you reading. Just perusing the Table of Contents whets your appetite for more. This multi-disciplinary look at the travel and tourism industry—and we travelers who make it all happen—includes: the age of discovery, world wonders, tourist novelties, the paths of pilgrims, travel safety and security, travel literature, geography and mapmaking, Grand Hotels, the technology of travel, travel industry porn and public relations campaigns, mysterious liaisons, and affairs to remember, along with great travel quotes and culturally relevant tourism-related anecdotes. This factual, enlightening, and oh so opinionated book is designed for real travelers, casual tourists, and armchair travelers alike; with this fi rst edition disproving myths, unveiling new legends and bursting a few overly righteous historical bubbles along the way. Indeed, this book includes something for all members of homo touristicus who have been there, done that, and keenly want to know what is next!

Explorer s Guide North Florida the Panhandle Third Edition Explorer s Complete

Period furnishings and antiques add to the Gilded Age ambience of the inn's ten rooms, ranging from cozy nooks to ... 95 Cordova Street, St. Augustine 32084, and take a step back into Henry Flagler's Gilded Age in this grand hotel, ...

Explorer s Guide North Florida   the Panhandle  Third Edition   Explorer s Complete

Author: Sandra Friend

Publisher: The Countryman Press

ISBN: 1682681351

Page: 400

View: 920

The most comprehensive guide to the Sunshine State's northwest region Welcome to the quieter side of Florida. The northwest has it all—prime Gulf Coast vacation spots, powdery quartz beaches, unexpected waterfalls, and historic downtown areas across the Panhandle. Florida's history runs deepest here, from prehistoric settlements at Cedar Key and along the Aucilla River to the Spanish colonies at Pensacola and St. Augustine. Sandra Friend and John Keatley show readers the best of their state's natural wonders and historic sights, the seafood restaurants most worth your time, the most unique lodgings, and a beach for everyone, whether you're seeking serenity or a busy social scene. As with every Explorer's Guide, you'll get the latest, most thoroughly researched recommendations for everything from eating, sleeping, exploring, local festivals, transportation options, and much more. Full color photographs bring the destination alive, while color maps and clear, concise directions guide you in your travels. Now in its third edition, this guide is indispensable for any vacationer hoping to enjoy the region to its fullest.

Just One Restless Rider

He built many grand hotels in Florida, with the grandest being The Breakers in Palm Beach. ... Flagler built Whitehall, which today is a Palm Beach museum showcasing the opulence of the Gilded Age.9 The Florida East Coast, the Southern ...

Just One Restless Rider

Author: Carlos A. Schwantes

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 0826218598

Page: 201

View: 957

"A memoir, lavishly illustrated with the author's own photos, of train travel along the legendary rails of America reflecting a lifetime's love of observing and riding trains while tracing the evolution of American passenger trains from the 1950s to the present"--Provided by publisher.

Great Grand Famous Hotels

The existence, design, and style of many Florida resorts owe much to the singular vision of a man named Henry Flagler – often ... The Flaglers lived on Fifth Avenue and eased seamlessly into high society life of Gilded Age new York, ...

Great  Grand   Famous Hotels

Author: Fritz Gubler

Publisher: Great, Grand & Famous Hotels

ISBN: 0980466709

Page: 304

View: 736

This is a book for lovers of remarkable hotels. Whether you are a long-term luxury hotel addict, or just fantasising about a visit to one of the world's great hotels, this book is for you. This book features stories about great, grand and famous hotels sourced from history, legend and the occasional snippet of gossip. Take a peek inside and discover a treasure trove of famous or forgotten anecdotes. See the dramas unfold in lobbies, dining rooms, bars and ballrooms, or behind the closed doors of guest rooms and Presidential Suites. Marvel at those who made these hotels what they are: daring financiers, visionary owners, inventive architects, cutting-edge designers, devoted hoteliers and renowned chefs. Remember the great, grand and famous celebrity guests and meet the new breed of visionaries who are creating the great hotels of the future. Visit historic hotels, including The Ritz, Paris; the Waldorf-Astoria, New York; the Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles; the Savoy, London; the Hassler, Rome; The Peninsula, Hong Kong; Raffles, Singapore; Mena House, Cairo; Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur; Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta; the Cipriani, Danieli and Gritti Palace, Venice; Reid's Palace, Madeira; and the Baur au Lac, Zurich, alongside modern masterpieces such as The Burj al Arab, Icehotel and other futuristic hotels. The book is intended to give the traveller a better understanding of, and greater insight into, the hotels they admire and love. It is also a reference book for the passionate hotel professional and provides knowledge for young hoteliers, helping them to understand the history and the development of their industry. Combining four years of research, assisted by many students in various hotel schools around the world, and with contributions by six travel writers, it is hoped this book will entice more people to seek out the world's great, grand and famous hotels, and to stay in them for an unforgettable experience, not just as a place to spend the night.

A Culinary History of Florida

Florida went from a tropical wilderness to a tropical paradise, for those affluent enough to afford it. Historic menus from the Gilded Age, which showcase lavish meals served at luxury hotels and tattered menus from roadside diners, ...

A Culinary History of Florida

Author: Joy Sheffield Harris

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1625851871

Page: 160

View: 950

From the very first prickly pears harvested by Paleo-Indians more than twelve thousand years ago to the Seminole tribe's staple dish of sofkee, Florida's culinary history is as diverse as its geography. Italian, French, Creole, Spanish, Cuban, Greek, Mexican, Minorcan and Caribbean influences season southern, soul and Cracker foods to make up Florida's eclectic flavors. Learn how Florida orange juice changed the look of the American breakfast table and discover the state's festival-worthy swamp cabbage. Through syllabubs, perloos, frog legs and Tupelo honey, author Joy Sheffield Harris serves up a delectable helping of five hundred years of Florida cuisine--all with a side of key lime pie, of course.

Henry Bradley Plant

Gilded Age Dreams for Florida and a New South Canter Brown ... Thomas, 174 Grand Hotel de Londres (Paris), 131 Grand Masonic Lodge (NYC), 187 Grand Union Hotel (Saratoga Springs), 138, 142,221 Grande Duchesse, La (steamer), 235, 239–41, ...

Henry Bradley Plant

Author: Canter Brown

Publisher: University Alabama Press

ISBN: 0817359664

Page: 376

View: 413

The first biography of Henry Bradley Plant, the entrepreneur and business magnate considered the father of modern Florida In this landmark biography, Canter Brown Jr. makes evident the extent of Henry Bradley Plant's influences throughout North, Central, and South America as well as his role in the emergence of integrated transportation and a national tourism system. One of the preeminent historians of Florida, Brown brings this important but understudied figure in American history to the foreground. Henry Bradley Plant: Gilded Age Dreams for Florida and a New South carefully examines the complicated years of adventure and activity that marked Plant's existence, from his birth in Connecticut in 1819 to his somewhat mysterious death in New York City in 1899. Brown illuminates Plant's vision and perspectives for the state of Florida and the country as a whole and traces many of his influences back to events from his childhood and early adulthood. The book also elaborates on Plant's controversial Civil War relationships and his utilization of wartime earnings in the postwar era to invest in the bankrupt Southern rail lines. With the success of his businesses such as the Southern Express Company and the Tampa Bay Hotel, Plant transformed Florida into a hub for trade and tourism--traits we still recognize in the Florida of today. This thoroughly researched biography fills important gaps in Florida's social and economic history and sheds light on a historical figure to an extent never previously undertaken or sufficiently appreciated. Both informative and innovative, Brown's volume will be a valuable resource for scholars and general readers interested in Southern history, business history, Civil War-era history, and transportation history.

The Gilded Age

Henry Flagler, co-founder of Standard Oil with John D. Rockefeller, built a railroad on the east coast of Florida and then spread ... Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel possessed a veranda that ran completely around the hotel, 880 feet, ...

The Gilded Age

Author: Joel Shrock

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313322044

Page: 313

View: 365

Describes how American culture changed during the Gilded Age, covering such topics as food, recreation, fashion, music, art, literature, travel, and the world of youth.

Visual Art and the Urban Evolution of the New South

“Charms of the East Coast,” Florida TimesUnion, Jacksonville, January 4, 1897, 2, St. Augustine Historical Society. 56. R. Wayne Ayers, Florida's Grand Hotels from the Gilded Age (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.: Arcadia, 2005), 74. 57.

Visual Art and the Urban Evolution of the New South

Author: Deborah C. Pollack

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1611174333

Page: 400

View: 245

Visual Art and the Urban Evolution of the New South recounts the enormous influence of artists in the evolution of six southern cities—Atlanta, Charleston, New Orleans, Louisville, Austin, and Miami—from 1865 to 1950. In the decades following the Civil War, painters, sculptors, photographers, and illustrators in these municipalities employed their talents to articulate concepts of the New South, aestheticism, and Gilded Age opulence and to construct a visual culture far beyond providing pretty pictures in public buildings and statues in city squares. As Deborah C. Pollack investigates New South proponents such as Henry W. Grady of Atlanta and other regional leaders, she identifies “cultural strivers”—philanthropists, women’s organizations, entrepreneurs, writers, architects, politicians, and dreamers—who united with visual artists to champion the arts both as a means of cultural preservation and as mechanisms of civic progress. Aestheticism, made popular by Oscar Wilde’s southern tours during the Gilded Age, was another driving force in art creation and urban improvement. Specific art works occasionally precipitated controversy and incited public anger, yet for the most part artists of all kinds were recognized as providing inspirational incentives for self-improvement, civic enhancement and tourism, art appreciation, and personal fulfillment through the love of beauty. Each of the six New South cities entered the late nineteenth century with fractured artistic heritages. Charleston and Atlanta had to recover from wartime devastation. The infrastructures of New Orleans and Louisville were barely damaged by war, but their social underpinnings were shattered by the end of slavery and postwar economic depression. Austin was not vitalized until after the Civil War and Miami was a post–Civil War creation. Pollack surveys these New South cities with an eye to understanding how each locale shaped its artistic and aesthetic self-perception across a spectrum of economic, political, gender, and race issues. She also discusses Lost Cause imagery, present in all the studied municipalities While many art history volumes concerning the South focus on sultry landscapes outside the urban grid, Visual Art and the Urban Evolution of the New South explores the art belonging to its cities, whether exhibited in its museums, expositions, and galleries, or reflective of its parks, plazas, marketplaces, industrial areas, gardens, and universities. It also identifies and celebrates the creative urban humanity who shaped the cultural, social, and, at times, architectural framework for the modern southern city.

A Summer of Hummingbirds

IT IS DIFFICULT, a hundred years and more after the fact, to capture the sheer magic of the moment of arrival at one of the grand hotels of the Gilded Age. Today, all hotels are pretty much alike, differing only in the degree of luxury ...

A Summer of Hummingbirds

Author: Christopher Benfey

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440629536

Page: 304

View: 535

The country's most noted writers, poets, and artists converge at a singular moment in American life, a great companion to fans of the film A Quiet Passion, starring Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson. At the close of the Civil War, the lives of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade intersected in an intricate map of friendship, family, and romance that marked a milestone in the development of American art and literature. Using the image of a flitting hummingbird as a metaphor for the gossamer strands that connect these larger-than-life personalities, Christopher Benfey re-creates the summer of 1882, the summer when Mabel Louise Todd-the protégé to the painter Heade-confesses her love for Emily Dickinson's brother, Austin, and the players suddenly find themselves caught in the crossfire between the Calvinist world of decorum, restraint, and judgment and a new, unconventional world in which nature prevails and freedom is all.

The Florida Cracker Cookbook

... follow were railroads with refrigerated rail cars, bringing factory-made goods and tourists for the first time to wilderness areas of the state. Wealthy northern families of the Gilded Age came to spend the winter in luxury hotels ...

The Florida Cracker Cookbook

Author: Joy Sheffield Harris

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1439668426

Page: 176

View: 243

This Florida Book Awards Gold Medal-winner in the Cooking category celebrates the Sunshine State’s culinary heritage—from turtle soup to boiled peanuts. Though starting in one-story shacks in the piney woods of the Panhandle, Cracker cooking in Florida has evolved with our tastes and times and is now just as home in high-rise apartments along the glistening waterways. When supplies were limited and the workday arduous, black coffee with leftover cornbread might serve as breakfast. Today’s bounty and life’s relative ease bring mornings with lattes and biscotti, biscuits and sausage gravy. What’s on the plate has changed, but our heritage infuses who we are. As we follow the path laid out by gastronomic pioneers, this culinary quest, guided by sixth-generation Cracker Joy Sheffield Harris, will whet your appetite with recipes and sumptuous reflections. Pull up a chair and dig in.

The Luxury Guide to Walt Disney World

Its red-gabled roofs and Victorian elegance draw inspiration from the grand Florida seaside “palace hotels” of the 19th century during America's Gilded Age. Impeccably maintained and perfectly manicured grounds are strung with fragrant, ...

The Luxury Guide to Walt Disney World

Author: Cara Goldsbury

Publisher: Bowman Books

ISBN: 0972697225

Page: 502

View: 594

Whether you're planning a trip with kids or without, this indispensable guide shows you how to visit the land of Mickey Mouse without sacrificing luxury and style. Written by a true Disney expert, these pages are over-flowing with information on everything from the most luxurious accommodations and dining to the very best entertainment in and around the theme parks. You'll also find dozens of insider tips, such as the best places to steal a romantic moment away from the hustle and bustle of Main Street and the best places to view spectacular fireworks. Book jacket.

The Swamp

Flagler saw that with first-rate resorts and railroads, America's oldest city could become a real Newport of the South, a winter playground for the Gilded Age leisure class. So he started building luxury hotels, including the 540-room ...

The Swamp

Author: Michael Grunwald

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743251075

Page: 480

View: 794

A history of the Everglades traces its emergence from the sea after the last ice age to its modern role as the world's largest ecosystem restoration project, an account marked by such events as Napoleon Bonaparte Borward's 1904 gubernatorial campaign, railroad and agricultural developments by the Army Corps of Engineers, and numerous political challenges. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

Hotel Mavens

... Blue Bloods and Grand Hotels in a Gilded Age, Viking, New York, 2006 Marianne Lamonaca and Jonathan Mogul, Editors, Grand Hotels of the Jazz Age: The Architecture of Schultze & Weaver, The WolfsonianFlorida International University, ...

Hotel Mavens

Author: Stanley Turkel, CMHS

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1496933346

Page: 324

View: 674

The word “maven” is defined by Wikipedia as a “trusted expert in a particular field, who seeks to pass knowledge on to others.” Since the 1980s it has become more common when the New York Times columnist William Safire adapted it to describe himself as “the language maven.” The word from Hebrew is mainly confined to American English and was included in the Oxford English Dictionary second edition (1989). My three hotel mavens are: 1) Lucius M. Boomer, one of the most famous hoteliers of his time, was chairman of the Hotel Waldorf-Astoria Corporation. In a career of over half a century, he directed such celebrated hotels as the Bellevue-Stratford in Philadelphia, the Taft in New Haven, the Lenox in Boston, and the McAlpin, Claridge, Sherry-Netherland and the original as well as the current Waldorf-Astoria in New York. 2) George C. Boldt who was the genius of the original Waldorf-Astoria. It was said of him that he made innkeeping a profession and, more than any man, was responsible for the modern American hotel. 3) Oscar of the Waldorf who was described in 1898 by the New York Sun: “In only one New York hotel, however, is there a personage deserving to be called a maître d’hotel. Anyone who studies him closely will soon arrive at a firm conviction that he might quite as appropriately have been called General or Admiral, if circumstances had not led him into the hotel business. Oscar knows everybody.” Oscar was a superstar of his time and one of the stalwarts who managed both the original and the current Waldorf-Astoria. Among his many duties, Oscar commanded a staff of 1,000 persons bedsides conducting a school for waiters, at the time the only one of its kind in the United States. In 1896, Oscar wrote one of the greatest cookbooks of its time: “The Cook Book by ‘Oscar of the Waldorf’. It contains 907 pages and 3,455 recipes.

The Two Henrys

He came back and built railroads and grand hotels along the east coast so that Northerners could enjoy the ... and Henry Plant transformed Florida through the development of Florida's east and west coasts during America's Gilded Age.

The Two Henrys

Author: Sandra Wallus Sammons

Publisher: Pineapple Press Inc

ISBN: 1561644560

Page: 105

View: 105

Stories of two men named Henry who loved Florida and built railroads which brought growth and development to Florida.

The First Hollywood

Florida and the Golden Age of Silent Filmmaking Shawn C. Bean ... fire is a prominent and recurring theme in Jacksonville's history The era of Florida's grand Gilded Age hotels arrived with the St. James Hotel , built in 1869 along a ...

The First Hollywood

Author: Shawn C. Bean



Page: 193

View: 381

Jacksonville, Florida was the king of the infant film industry. By 1914, 15 major companies, including Fox and Metro Pictures, had set up shop there. This book uses first-person accounts, filmmaker biographies, newspaper reports, and city and museum archives to present a little-known aspect of film history.