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 complexand often contentiousrelationship 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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Table of ContentsIntroduction
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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