Grand Hotels of the Jazz Age: The Architecture of Schultze & Weaver

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Grand Hotels of the Jazz Age: The Architecture of Schultze & Weaver highlights for the first time Schultze & Weaver’s New York and Florida hotels within a broader context of twentieth-century hotel development. The exhibition offers a provocative exploration of American hotels in the early twentieth century. The firm of Schultze & Weaver designed many of the finest hotels of the 1920s and 1930s. A number of these—like the Waldorf-Astoria, Sherry-Netherland, and Pierre in New York City, and the Breakers and Biltmore in South Florida—are still regarded as among the grandest in America. The exhibition offers a detailed look at these hotels, relying on architectural renderings and plans from The Wolfsonian’s collection, as well as tableware, photographs, and printed ephemera. It also includes material that illustrates the longer history of American hotel design, allowing viewers to understand the Schultze & Weaver hotels as the culmination of trends that stretched back into the nineteenth century.

The exhibition is divided into three thematic parts—Presence, Experience, and Machine—presenting a picture of hotels of the early twentieth century and capturing their dual nature as places of pleasure and escape and as modern business enterprises.

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