Hotel Dreams : Luxury, Technology, and Urban Ambition in America, 1829-1929 Paperback / softback
Part of the Studies in Industry and Society series
Winner, 2012 Sally Hacker Prize, Society for the History of TechnologyHotel 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.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 328 pages, 48 Halftones, black and white
- Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
- Publication Date: 15/06/2016
- Category: History of the Americas
- ISBN: 9781421419923
- Hardback from £38.45