Hotel Dreams: Luxury, Technology, and Urban Ambition in America, 1829-1929

Hotel Dreams: Luxury, Technology, and Urban Ambition in America, 1829-1929

by Molly W. Berger


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Winner, 2012 Sally Hacker Prize, Society for the History of Technology

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. 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.

Berger profiles the country's most prestigious hotels, including Boston's 1829 Tremont, San Francisco's world-famous Palace, and Chicago's enormous Stevens. The fascinating stories behind their design, construction, and marketing reveal in rich detail how these buildings became cultural symbols that shaped the urban landscape.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421419923
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 06/15/2016
Series: Studies in Industry and Society
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Molly W. Berger is the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and an instructor of history at Case Western Reserve University. She is the editor of The American Hotel, an award-winning volume in The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts series.

Table of Contents

1. The Emergence of the American First-Class Hotel, 1820s
2. The Tremont House, Boston, 1829
3. The Proliferation of Antebellum Hotels, 1830–1860
4. The Continental Hotel, Philadelphia, 1860
5. Production and Consumption in an American Palace, 1850–1875
6. The Palace Hotel, San Francisco, 1875
7. The "New" Modern Hotel, 1880–1920
8. The Stevens Hotel, Chicago, 1927
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