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Author Berger, Molly W., 1948-
Title Hotel dreams : luxury, technology, and urban ambition in America, 1829-1929 / Molly W. Berger.
Imprint Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.

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Author Berger, Molly W., 1948-
Series Studies in industry and society.
Subject Luxuries -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Hotels -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Description 1 online resource (318 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The emergence of the American first-class hotel, 1820s : "all at hand, and all of the best" -- The Tremont house, Boston, 1829 : "a style entirely new" -- The proliferation of Antebellum hotels, 1830-1860 : "in reference to the building of a monster hotel" -- Production and consumption in an American Palace, 1850-1875 : "to keep a hotel" -- The Palace Hotel, San Francisco, 1875 : "the greatest caravansary in the world" -- The "new" modern hotel, 1880-1920 : "it is part of the hotel business to hide all these things from view" -- The Stevens Hotel, Chicago, 1927 : "virtually a multiple of twenty-five small hotels."
Summary From the time they emerged in American cities in the 1820s, commercial luxury hotels were far more than places where a traveler could eat and sleep-they were icons of style, opulence, and technological sophistication. Molly W. Berger offers a compelling history of the American hotel and how it captured the public's imagination as it came to represent the complex-and often contentious-relationship among luxury, economic development, and the ideals of a democratic society. From New York to San Francisco and points in between, Berger profiles the country's most prestigious hotels, including Boston's 1829 Tremont, which served as a model for luxury hotel design; San Francisco's world famous Palace, completed in 1875; and Chicago's enormous Stevens, built two years before the great crash of 1929. The fascinating stories behind their design, construction, and marketing reveal in rich detail how these buildings became cultural symbols that shaped the urban landscape. Though America's large, luxury hotels were impressive architectural and corporate accomplishments, they were lightning rods for public debate about urban development and economic power. Inside the buildings unfolded human dramas that shaped ideas about race, gender, and class. Berger deftly explores the tension between both elite and egalitarian values that surrounded America's luxury hotels. The American hotel evolved into a "machine for living," soaring to skyscraper heights, defining ideas about technological innovation, and creating a unified system of production and consumption unique to the modern world. Hotel Dreams is a deeply researched and entertaining account of how the hotel's material world of machines and marble integrated into and shaped the society it served.
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ISBN 9781421401843
1421401843
9780801899874 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
0801899877 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 794700365
Additional Format Print version: Berger, Molly W., 1948- Hotel dreams. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011 9780801899874 (DLC) 2010025988 (OCoLC)646715968


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