Colorados Landmark Hotels | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/colorados-landmark-hotels[12/8/2015 9:33:22 AM] Home Colorados Landmark HotelsColorados Landmark HotelsSubmitted by nwharton on 2-23-2013 04:39 PMAuthor: Linda Wommack Publishing: Filter Press LLC, 2012. 205 pages. Black-and-white photographs, musical CD, index, bibliography, glossary. $16.95 paperback. Reviewer: Debra Faulkner Readers beware: The modest cover price of Colorados Landmark Hotels is only the beginning. Linda Wommacks guide to the states historic hostelries will make you want to stay in every one of them. Start saving now, because one night at each of the thirty hotels profiled is bound to add up. Resistance is futile. Wommack does such a seductive job of describing these iconic hotels that history buffs lured into her tome will find themselves drawing up a wish list of future sojourns throughout the Highest State. Selection and organization are among the features that set Colorados Landmark Hotels apart from the many previous histories on the same topic. Wommack narrowed her focus by choosing to feature only hotels that are listed on one or more registers of historic preservation statusbe it local, city, or county designation or the State or National Register of Historic Places. Additionally, all of the properties she chose currently operate as hotels and have done so for at least the past fifty years. She arranges them from oldest to newest by date of construction, from the 1862 Peck House in Empire to Fort Collinss 1923 Armstrong Hotel. Each hotel biography is further organized into chronological subsections: The Beginning, Glory Days, The Rest is History, and The Hotel Today. This exploration of the context and times in which each hotel arose and evolved constitutes a veritable history of Colorado hospitality. Mining moguls, business boosters, power brokers, and politicians all play featured roles in the hotel stories. To understand the history of these thirty grand inns is to understand how Colorado became the special place it is today. A Fun Facts box closes each chapter with intriguing tidbits about the property, famous guests, local lore, and even a few ghost stories. Whether or not Wommack personally experienced an overnight stay in each of the grand historic gems, it seems likely that she visited every one of the thirty in order to share contemporary impressions as well as history. A glance at the extensive bibliography reveals that Wommack not only consulted myriad previous publications on the states historic hotels and the communities they enrich, but also conducted numerous interviews with people well acquainted with the featured properties. A helpful Glossary of Architectural Design is included for those not entirely clear on what a mansard roof is or what features typify the Romanesque Revival style. An index includes key people and place names. The music CD by Colorado singer-songwriter Jon Chandler, tucked into the front of the book, is an unexpected yet delightful bonus. EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanThe Ute people have lived in Colorado longer than anyone else.
Colorados Landmark Hotels | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/colorados-landmark-hotels[12/8/2015 9:33:22 AM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us More than simply how they look, Wommack conveys how these unique hotels feel. More than just what they were and are, Wommack enables readers to appreciate what they mean. This book belongs in your auto glove compartment, along with Tom Noels Liquid History and Tavern Guide to the Highest State and Buildings of Colorado. No matter where you find yourself motoring across this beautiful state, Colorados Landmark Hotels provides a handy guide to the local accommodation centerpieces that have long epitomized Colorados warm western welcome. Reviewer Info: Raised in Loveland, Debra Faulkner has lived and traveled all around Colorado. With a masters degree in public history from the University of Colorado Denver, she has served as official hotel historian and archivist for the venerable Brown Palace Hotel since 2008. Faulkner also teaches U.S. and Colorado history at Metropolitan State University of Denver and has authored or co-authored seven books on the states colorful past and people including Ladies of the Brown: A Womens History of Denvers Most Elegant Hotel