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Grand Piazza: 1908

Grand Piazza: 1908

Lake George, New York, circa 1908. "Grand piazza, Fort William Henry Hotel." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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     Prunella, although she has some trepidation, holds back her tears as her mother and Aunt Agatha convince her that the handsome bachelor, Melville Van Korster, would be the perfect husband for her.

     Meanwhile sitting in the background is Chasity Corbona who has her own plans for the fair haired Melville.

How sad!

to hear that this wonderful hotel would be gone the next year. The Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego is an all-wooden hotel still in operation since the 1880s, due to its extensive sprinkler system. In case of a fire there, you're more likely to drown than to burn!

That "Deck"

OK, the veranda needs some work up top but the craftsmanship that laid it down was superb. Just think of the men on their hands and knees putting it together as master "floor people" with planks out of the mill.

My how things have changed

The idea that people would go on vacation to an elegant hotel to simply sit on a veranda (and a very beautiful one at that) has gone the way of the horse driven carriages that brought them there. Nowadays people feel the need to "do something" on their vacations, instead of simply enjoying doing nothing.

No Adirondack Chairs in Sight

Although Lake George is today often (usually?) considered part of the Adirondacks.

But it Works

Corinthian columns, Colonial Revival spindles, Victorian corbels. A beautiful explosion of architecture.

Obligatory "Burned to the Ground" Statement

"On the morning of June 24, 1909 at the onset of the summer season, the hotel was completely destroyed by fire."

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