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Inn by the Elms: 1908

Inn by the Elms: 1908

Circa 1908. "Broadway and Grand Union Hotel, Saratoga Springs, N.Y." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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I still live here

They are re-building the last grand hotel downtown, to make it appear much as this picture. There's a Starbucks on the far corner. The area behind the hotel will be used for meetings and receptions. LOVE MY TOWN!!!

What an elegant picture.

Makes you wish you could step back into that time for a visit.

View in 1939....

Beautiful hotel, even with cars....

Ugliness Beneath the Beauty

Scene of one of the most publicized antisemitic incidents in US history (at least to that point) when Judge Henry Hilton denied entry to Joseph Seligman and his family because they were Jewish. As reported in the Adirondack Almanack.

Gone

They were wiped out by Dutch Elm Disease and Dutch Hotel Disease.

A Genius Lived Here

When the hotel was demolished in 1953, a mural by French painter Adolphe Yvon, "The Genius of America," was moved to Chancellor's Hall in the State Education Building in Albany. It was concealed behind draperies for several years because of its controversial depiction of slavery, and once again put on public view in 2012.

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