Ayers, R. Wayne.
Title Images of America: Florida's Grand Hotels from the Gilded Age.
Publisher Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, (2005).
Seller ID 2604qms
Octavo, softbound (slick, sepia-tone photo. illus. wrappers), 128 pp. Fine. From lower cover: Florida in the late 1800s was a paradise waiting to be discovered. During this period, two visionary tycoons of the Gilded Age set out on separate ventures that would transform the Sunshine State from the America's last frontier into a destination for the rich and famous. The grand hotels that Henry M. Flagler and Henry B. Plant opened at their planned resort sites offered a fantasy stay surrounded by all the accoutrements expected by sophisticated, Gilded Age patrons. Florida's Grand Hotels from the Gilded Age provides a look at these magnificent structures during their glory years, along with the fashionable entertainment and social and recreational pastimes that engaged their gilded guests.