Florida's Grand Hotels from the Gilded Age provides a look at these magnificent structures during their glory years, along with the fashionable entertainment and social and recreational pastimes that engaged their gilded guests.
Author: R. Wayne Ayers
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Florida in the late 1800s was a paradise waiting to be discovered. During this period, two visionary tycoons of the Gilded Age set out on separate ventures that would transform the Sunshine State from America's last frontier into a destination for the rich and famous. The grand hotels that Henry M. Flagler and Henry B. Plant opened at their planned resort sites offered a fantasy stay surrounded by all the accoutrements expected by sophisticated, Gilded Age patrons. Florida's Grand Hotels from the Gilded Age provides a look at these magnificent structures during their glory years, along with the fashionable entertainment and social and recreational pastimes that engaged their gilded guests.
Author: Joy Sheffield HarrisPublish On: 2014-10-07
Florida went from a tropical wilderness to a tropical paradise, for those affluent
enough to afford it. Historic menus from the Gilded Age, which showcase lavish
meals served at luxury hotels and tattered menus from roadside diners, reflect the
Author: Joy Sheffield Harris
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Category: Social Science
From the very first prickly pears harvested by Paleo-Indians more than twelve thousand years ago to the Seminole tribe's staple dish of sofkee, Florida's culinary history is as diverse as its geography. Italian, French, Creole, Spanish, Cuban, Greek, Mexican, Minorcan and Caribbean influences season southern, soul and Cracker foods to make up Florida's eclectic flavors. Learn how Florida orange juice changed the look of the American breakfast table and discover the state's festival-worthy swamp cabbage. Through syllabubs, perloos, frog legs and Tupelo honey, author Joy Sheffield Harris serves up a delectable helping of five hundred years of Florida cuisine--all with a side of key lime pie, of course.
The existence, design, and style of many Florida resorts owe much to the singular
vision of a man named Henry Flagler ... The Flaglers lived on Fifth Avenue and
eased seamlessly into high society life of Gilded Age new York, mixing with the ...
Author: Fritz Gubler
Publisher: Great, Grand & Famous Hotels
This is a book for lovers of remarkable hotels. Whether you are a long-term luxury hotel addict, or just fantasising about a visit to one of the world's great hotels, this book is for you. This book features stories about great, grand and famous hotels sourced from history, legend and the occasional snippet of gossip. Take a peek inside and discover a treasure trove of famous or forgotten anecdotes. See the dramas unfold in lobbies, dining rooms, bars and ballrooms, or behind the closed doors of guest rooms and Presidential Suites. Marvel at those who made these hotels what they are: daring financiers, visionary owners, inventive architects, cutting-edge designers, devoted hoteliers and renowned chefs. Remember the great, grand and famous celebrity guests and meet the new breed of visionaries who are creating the great hotels of the future. Visit historic hotels, including The Ritz, Paris; the Waldorf-Astoria, New York; the Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles; the Savoy, London; the Hassler, Rome; The Peninsula, Hong Kong; Raffles, Singapore; Mena House, Cairo; Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur; Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta; the Cipriani, Danieli and Gritti Palace, Venice; Reid's Palace, Madeira; and the Baur au Lac, Zurich, alongside modern masterpieces such as The Burj al Arab, Icehotel and other futuristic hotels. The book is intended to give the traveller a better understanding of, and greater insight into, the hotels they admire and love. It is also a reference book for the passionate hotel professional and provides knowledge for young hoteliers, helping them to understand the history and the development of their industry. Combining four years of research, assisted by many students in various hotel schools around the world, and with contributions by six travel writers, it is hoped this book will entice more people to seek out the world's great, grand and famous hotels, and to stay in them for an unforgettable experience, not just as a place to spend the night.
Gilded Age Dreams for Florida and a New South Canter Brown ... Bahamas, 255
Grady, Henry W., 196 Graham, Thomas, 174 Grand Hotel de Londres (Paris), 131
Grand Masonic Lodge (NYC), 187 Grand Union Hotel (Saratoga Springs), 138, ...
Author: Canter Brown
Publisher: University Alabama Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The first biography of Henry Bradley Plant, the entrepreneur and business magnate considered the father of modern Florida In this landmark biography, Canter Brown Jr. makes evident the extent of Henry Bradley Plant's influences throughout North, Central, and South America as well as his role in the emergence of integrated transportation and a national tourism system. One of the preeminent historians of Florida, Brown brings this important but understudied figure in American history to the foreground. Henry Bradley Plant: Gilded Age Dreams for Florida and a New South carefully examines the complicated years of adventure and activity that marked Plant's existence, from his birth in Connecticut in 1819 to his somewhat mysterious death in New York City in 1899. Brown illuminates Plant's vision and perspectives for the state of Florida and the country as a whole and traces many of his influences back to events from his childhood and early adulthood. The book also elaborates on Plant's controversial Civil War relationships and his utilization of wartime earnings in the postwar era to invest in the bankrupt Southern rail lines. With the success of his businesses such as the Southern Express Company and the Tampa Bay Hotel, Plant transformed Florida into a hub for trade and tourism--traits we still recognize in the Florida of today. This thoroughly researched biography fills important gaps in Florida's social and economic history and sheds light on a historical figure to an extent never previously undertaken or sufficiently appreciated. Both informative and innovative, Brown's volume will be a valuable resource for scholars and general readers interested in Southern history, business history, Civil War-era history, and transportation history.
Author: Harvey H. Jackson IIIPublish On: 2014-02-01
Grand hotels and wooden beach cottages came to define the South's Gilded Age,
and in no southern state did the emergence of the beach resort help transform
the image and economy more than Florida. The future of Florida's resorts pointed
Author: Harvey H. Jackson III
Publisher: UNC Press Books
What southerners do, where they go, and what they expect to accomplish in their spare time, their "leisure," reveals much about their cultural values, class and racial similarities and differences, and historical perspectives. This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture offers an authoritative and readable reference to the culture of sports and recreation in the American South, surveying the various activities in which southerners engage in their nonwork hours, as well as attitudes surrounding those activities. Seventy-four thematic essays explore activities from the familiar (porch sitting and fairs) to the essential (football and stock car racing) to the unusual (pool checkers and a sport called "fireballing"). In seventy-seven topical entries, contributors profile major sites associated with recreational activities (such as Dollywood, drive-ins, and the Appalachian Trail) and prominent sports figures (including Althea Gibson, Michael Jordan, Mia Hamm, and Hank Aaron). Taken together, the entries provide an engaging look at the ways southerners relax, pass time, celebrate, let loose, and have fun.
... here to learn about Florida from the beginning , when Henry Flagler's railroads
and luxury hotels established tourism and agriculture as the mainstays of Florida's economy . Start Here , to discover the Gilded Age , the most fascinating
Author: Susan Jankowski
Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
"A virtual tour of Everglades National Park, with chapters devoted to the history of this Florida region, history of the park, plant and animal life, environmental problems facing the park, and activities in the area"--Provided by publisher.
The relationship between railroad finance and the hotel industry in Florida is fully explored in this look at the life and accomplishments of Henry Flagler in terms of the great resorts and pleasure palaces created by Flagler and Henry ...
Author: Susan R. Braden
The relationship between railroad finance and the hotel industry in Florida is fully explored in this look at the life and accomplishments of Henry Flagler in terms of the great resorts and pleasure palaces created by Flagler and Henry Plant. (Fine Arts)
Blue Bloods and Grand Hotels in a Gilded Age Justin Kaplan ... drop dead” in
astonishment at such sights as a lobby furnished with a fullscale monkey jungle
or a swamp of live alligators to remind guests, he said, that “they were in Florida.
Author: Justin Kaplan
Category: Biography & Autobiography
In this marvelous anecdotal history, Justin Kaplan––Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Mark Twain––vividly brings to life a glittering, bygone age. Endowed with the largest private fortunes of their day, cousins John Jacob Astor IV and William Waldorf Astor vied for primacy in New York society, producing the grandest hotels ever seen in a marriage of ostentation and efficiency that transformed American social behavior. Kaplan exposes it all in exquisite detail, taking readers from the 1890s to the Roaring Twenties in a combination of biography, history, architectural appreciation, and pure reading pleasure
The volume presents more than 200 images from the archives of the St. Augustine Historical Society and the author's personal collection.
Author: Beth Rogero Bowen
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
St. Augustine was more than three centuries old when tourism awakened the sleepy Spanish village. Soon after Standard Oil partner Henry Flagler brought the railroad to town in the 1880s, well-heeled visitors began flocking to Flagler's luxury hotels as St. Augustine became known as the "American Riviera." Tourists walked the quaint, narrow streets and visited the city gate, the old Spanish fort, the alligator farm, the Fountain of Youth, and the four houses all claiming to be the oldest in the country. Postcard History Series: St. Augustine in the Gilded Age depicts the oldest city in the United States from the beginning of the picture postcard era to 1914, when a fire destroyed several downtown blocks. The volume presents more than 200 images from the archives of the St. Augustine Historical Society and the author's personal collection.
From reviews of the first edition: "A succinct and informed account of [Flagler's] leadership in transforming Florida's economy.
Author: Edward N. Akin
Publisher: Florida Sand Dollar Books
Category: Biography & Autobiography
From reviews of the first edition: "A succinct and informed account of [Flagler's] leadership in transforming Florida's economy."--American Historical Review "An important contribution to the understanding of Standard Oil's extended partnership and how the personal desire of Flagler led to the early development of Florida's Atlantic Coast."--The Historian Henry M. Flagler (1830-1913), the ambitious Gilded Age tycoon who designed and built much of Florida's fashionable east coast, rode to success on the rails. As John D. Rockefeller's closest adviser in the 1870s, Flagler helped assemble the Standard Oil empire. In this thoroughly researched biography, Akin shows that Flagler understood early in his career that cheap freight rates determined industrial profits. Portraying Flagler as an aggressive entrepreneur, Akin documents his shrewd negotiations to obtain reduced rates, rebates, and drawbacks from the railroads, thus assuring Standard Oil's national domination over oil transportation costs. Flagler drove himself as hard as he drove a bargain, obsessed with the desire to create a monument to himself that he called "my domain." His legacy was no less than modern Florida. In 1885, at the age of fifty-five, he turned his attention away from Standard Oil and began construction of the Ponce de León luxury hotel in St. Augustine, the city where he had honeymooned with his second wife. Realizing he could never fill its rooms unless better transportation with the North was available, he embarked on the second railroad venture of his lifetime, creation of the Florida East Coast Railway. Flagler's resort empire eventually included The Breakers in Palm Beach and the Royal Palm in Miami; his Atlantic coast railroad extended all the way to Key West, an engineering achievement that was called the "eighth wonder of the world." By the beginning of the twentieth century, Flagler dominated not just the resort and railroad industries in Florida but steamship and agricultural operations, too. Florida politicians gave his projects preferential treatment, even changing the state's divorce law so he could marry for a third time. Woven into this biography are details about Flagler's family, personality, three marriages, alienation from his only son, and devotion to the Presbyterian church--copy that fueled society gossip columns from New York to Palm Beach for decades. Edward N. Akin, author of Mississippi: An Illustrated History and other works on southern history, taught at Mississippi College in Clinton. His biography of Henry Flagler won the 1985 Phi Alpha Theta manuscript prize.
This launched Flagler ' s dual investment in rail service and luxury hotels that
ultimately linked St . Augustine , Ormand ... Described by historian William Seale
as “ one of the most fanciful creations of America ' s Gilded Age , ” the hotel ' s ...
Author: Susan Sully
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
Category: House & Home
Florida's architectural history can be traced to the Spanish colonial settlement of St Augustine in the mid-16th century. Casa Florida is an exhuberant, full-colour celebration of the enduring influence of the Spanish design upon Florida's resorts, private houses and gardens.
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Along the east coast of the state from Jacksonville to Sanford , grand hotels
offered northerners a warm place to rest and recreate . Caring for invalids and ...
10 During the Gilded Age , the character of Florida tourism changed . In the post -
Author: Michele Wehrwein Albion
Category: Biography & Autobiography
"In this biography, Michele Albion has amassed details of the Edisons' years in Fort Myers. Using a wide range of little-known resources, including photographs, manuscripts, maps, and newspaper accounts, she presents a uniquely intimate portrait of the inventor as an influential member of a close-knit community. In doing so, she reveals important facets of Edison's life that are largely unknown or overlooked by biographers who fail to make a distinction between "vacationing" and "wintering" in Florida."--BOOK JACKET.
The approximately 60,000squarefoot Gilded Age house was just to the south of
the Royal Poinciana Hotel, and the Florida ... to her home; therefore, Henry had
the rail bridge removed and had a new one built to the north of the grand hotel.
Author: Richard A. Marconi
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Palm Beach is known internationally as a winter resort where the wealthy enjoy life in a tropical paradise. More than 100 years ago, Palm Beach was far different from its well-kept beaches, estates, and fabulous Worth Avenue shopping mecca of the 21st century. When the first permanent settlers arrived, they found the area covered by thick jungle that had to be tamed before they could carve out a new life for themselves. The settlers ended up with a paradise, and when Henry Flagler decided to build a grand hotel in Palm Beach, he planted the first seed for the creation of a modern winter retreat for the rich.
Author: Florida Historical SocietyPublish On: 1979
HENRY FLAGLER , GEORGE MILES , AND FLORIDA'S PUBLIC DOMAIN by
EDWARD N. AKIN * M Y DOMAIN BEGINS at ... In 1885 he began construction of
the Ponce de Leon Hotel which would become the flagship of a chain of luxury hotels along the east coast of Florida . ... For a detailed account of Flagler's Florida ' career , see Edward Nelson Akin , “ Southern Reflection of the Gilded Age : Henry ...
The Poinciana was so successful that Flagler built another great hotel directly
opposite : The Palm Beach Inn . Additions were ... beach as a marvelous
monument to this gilded age ; Donald and Ivana Trump carry on Flagler ' s
tradition for mad extravagance in Mar a ... Flagler also had his eye on Cuba , and
his last great project was extending his railroad across the Florida Keys to Key
West , one of the ...
Author: Catherine Donzel
Publisher: Vendome Press
Shows and describes great hotels in each region of North America and looks at the history of each hotel.
THE SLY FOXES : HENRY FLAGLER , GEORGE MILES , AND FLORIDA ' S
PUBLIC DOMAIN by EDWARD N . Akin CCMY ... In 1885 he began construction
of the Ponce de Leon Hotel which would become the flagship of a chain of luxury hotels along the east coast of Florida . ... For a detailed account of Flagler ' s Florida career , see Edward Nelson Akin , " Southern Reflection of the Gilded Age
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Extravagant hotels strategically placed at each new railhead , such as the spraw -
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the affordable Model T automobile , made vacations accessible to people who
could not afford luxury hotels . ... Development The early 20C was Florida ' s gilded age , a brief period of glamour , extravagance and no income or
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You'll never fall into the tourist traps when you travel with Frommer's. It's like having a friend show you around, taking you to the places locals like best. Our expert authors have already gone everywhere you might go--they've done the legwork for you, and they're not afraid to tell it like it is, saving you time and money. No other series offers candid reviews of so many hotels and restaurants in all price ranges. Every Frommer's Travel Guide is up-to-date, with exact prices for everything, dozens of color maps, and exciting coverage of sports, shopping, and nightlife. You'd be lost without us! Completely updated every year (unlike most of the competition), Frommer's South Florida including Miami & the Keys 2002 is the only guide you'll need to discover the best of South Florida. Our author, a longtime resident, will show you the loveliest beaches, the hottest restaurants, the top shopping, and the most sizzling nightlife in Miami. You can take your pick from affordable art deco motels, retro resorts, or the trendiest boutique hotels in South Beach. Choose a Cuban cafe or a sleek sushi bar, a raucous stone crab feast or an elegant steakhouse. We'll also take you down to the Keys, for fabulous snorkeling, diving, and deep-sea fishing, winding up in Key West, with its outrageous beach bars and nightclubs. The guide also includes the best of nearby Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and West Palm Beach, and an excursion to the Everglades, for amazing bird watching and a look at one of the world's most unique ecosystems. You'll even get a free color fold-out map and an online directory that makes trip-planning a snap!
I than today traveling far from home during the Gilded Age , hotels not only were
stopping places for out - of - town visitors , but also were , more often than now ,
service apartments for ... The luxury hotels of the Gilded Age were far better than
those being built today . ... The Ponce de Leon St . Augustine , Florida Carrere.