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The Pergola-Casino: 1911

The Pergola-Casino: 1911

Lake George, New York, circa 1911. "The Pergola-Casino, Fort William Henry Hotel." Two years après-feu. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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"A year after the fire [in 1909], the hotel’s owners, the Delaware & Hudson Railroad, committed to rebuilding a much smaller hotel that would accommodate around 150 guests. On June 17, 1911, the second Fort William Henry Hotel opened for business. The white stucco building was 3 stories with a red tile roof, and was designed to be less susceptible to a catastrophic fire, like the one that destroyed the first hotel.

While the hotel itself was smaller, the emphasis on being a lavish resort remained. The most notable new feature was the marble and concrete pergola along the lakefront. A walkway connected the hotel to the pergola. Guests would cross a bridge over the shore road which is now the location of the Beach Road public parking lot. People danced to music provided by a resident orchestra, and enjoyed refreshments while taking in the picturesque view."

The Grotto

After visiting The Casino, we might go to The Grotto, provided that it has been rebuilt as well. Read the Hotel's history here.

The car

On the left is a 1911 Packard. The plate is visible so if the records existed we would know whose car it was.

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