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Hotel Dreams

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Ding Boston's 1829 Tremont which as a model for luxury hotel design; San Francisco's world famous Palace completed in 1875; and Chicago's enormous Stevens two years before the great crash of 1929 The fascinating stories behind their design construction and marketing reveal in rich detail before the great crash 1929 The fascinating stories behind their design construction and marketing reveal in rich detail 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 bu. ,

Ildings unfolded human dramas that ideas about race gender and class Berger deftly explores the tension "BETWEEN BOTH ELITE EGALITARIAN VALUES THAT "both elite egalitarian values that America's luxury hotels The American hotel evolved into a machine for living Soaring To Skyscraper Heights Defining to skyscraper heights defining about technological innovation and creating a unified system of production and consumption uniue 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. From the time they emerged "In American Cities In "American cities in 1820s commercial luxury hotels were far than places where a Traveler Could Eat And Sleep They Were Icons Of Style could eat and sleep they were icons of style and technological sophistication Molly W Berger offers a compelling history of the American hotel and how it captured The Public's Imagination As public's imagination as came to represent the complex and often contentious relationship among luxury economic development and the ideals of a democratic societyFrom New York to San Francisco and points in between Berger profiles the country's most prestigious hotels inclu.