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The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts American Hotel by Molly W. Berger
  

The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts American Hotel

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The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts American Hotel by Molly W. Berger

First Prize winner in the scholarly journals category of the American Association of Museums (AAM) publication competition for institutions with budgets over $500,000 This latest volume of the groundbreaking Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts explores the material, social, and cultural world of the large American hotel. Ten richly illustrated essays look at the architects, designers, and social forces that created this distinctive and complex urban institution, from Gilded Age New York to 1950s Miami Beach. Broadly imagined and yet cohesively focused, the essays examine such major historical processes as consumption and modernism, and race, class, and gender. Topics include the lavish New York apartment hotels of Schultze and Weaver (the architects of the Waldorf-Astoria); the connection between hotels and mansions in the rich man's city of Gilded Age New York; the bodacious interior designs of Dorothy Draper; the flamboyant Miami Beach fantasies of Morris Lapidus; Henry Flagler's St. Augustine resorts; Atlantic City's old Traymore hotel; the social world of hotel chambermaids and clerks; the parallel world of African-American pleasure travelers ; the trend toward efficiency and standardization; and the capitalist narrative of early-twentieth-century urban hotel demolitions.

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One of the 15 Best Books of 2005 -- THE magazine


About the Author

Molly W. Berger is an instructor of history and Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st April 2005

Author

Molly W. Berger

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Publisher

MIT Press an imprint of MIT Press Ltd

Format

Paperback
315 pages

Categories

Residential buildings, domestic buildings

ISBN

9781930776173

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