“Resort Hotels of the Adirondacks”

Cabin Fever Sundays

April 23, 2017 | 1:30 pm

In his slide-illustrated presentation, “Resort Hotels of the Adirondacks,” Bryant Tolles discusses the origins and development of the tourism economy in the Adirondack region, and resulting resort hotel architecture and related history from 1850 – 1950. He focuses primarily on the architectural development of these extraordinary retreats in order to explore the changing attitudes in America toward nature and landscape, fashion and culture, transportation, and various forms of innovation. He also discusses the resort hotels’ eventual decline, which resulted in their vulnerability as largely wooden structures as well as the constantly changing preferences of their guests. The presentation seeks to create a detailed picture of luxury in a removed, picturesque resort environment, and enrich our understanding of American life a culture during a century of significant change.

Bryant F. Tolles, Jr. is a Professor Emeritus of History and Art History at the University of Delaware where he taught from 1984 – 2007. He has also offered history courses at Tufts University and Harvard University Summer School. He has written and edited several books, including: Summer by the Seaside: The Architecture of New England Coastal Resort Hotels, 1820 – 1950 (2008); Summer Cottages in the White Mountains: The Architecture of Leisure and Recreation, 1870 – 1930 (2000); The Grand Resort Hotels of the White Mountains: A Vanishing Architectural Legacy (1998); and, Resort Hotels of the Adirondacks: The Architecture of a Summer Paradise, 1850 – 1950 (2003).

Free to members and students; $5 for non-members. This program takes place in the Adirondack Experience’s auditorium. Please note: there are limited seats available in the auditorium. We suggest arriving early to secure a spot. 

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