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Hotel dreams : luxury, technology, and urban ambition in America, 1829-1929

Author: Molly W Berger
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©2011.
Series: Studies in industry and society.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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,  Read more...
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Berger, Molly W., 1948-
Hotel dreams.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©2011
(DLC) 2010025988
(OCoLC)646715968
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Molly W Berger
ISBN: 9781421401843 1421401843
OCLC Number: 794700365
Awards: Winner of Society for the History of Technology Sally Hacker Prize 2012
Description: 1 online resource (318 pages) : illustrations
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."
Series Title: Studies in industry and society.
Responsibility: Molly W. Berger.

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