Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Historical U.S. Buildings in 1890s: Stereoviews A-Z

Historical buildings in the 1890s
that people liked to visit . . .

 "The Rotunda. Royal Poinciana Hotel, Palm Beach, Florida" (ca. 1890s)

Royal Poinciana in 1900

Built in 1894 with oil and railroad money, this lavish six-story hotel became the largest wooden structure in the world. In its heyday, up to the 1920s, the Royal Poinciana could accommodate 2000 guests and employed 1700 people. When the stock market crashed in 1929, the hotel suffered. It was closed in 1934 and dismantled the following year. 

Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (ca. 1890s)

George Washington's Home, Mt. Vernon, Virginia (ca. 1890s)

"Fanueil Hall, "The Cradle of American Liberty," 
Boston, Massachusetts (ca. 1890s)

Copyright 2013 © Sharon Himsl; [Gravseth family archive; Cosmopolitan Series 1890s)
 [history source: http://en.wikipedia.org/]


  1. Very cool theme for A to Z, Sharon. I really love that Florida Hotel, what a shame it was demolished. Will check back to see what else you educate me with.

  2. That first picture looks so lovely, I just want to take a seat and have someone bring me a chicken salad and a glass of lemonade.

  3. Wonderful buildings. I wish I could wander in a have a look :)

    1. Hunter - Hi. It seems there were a lot of grand old hotels once! Reminds of the movie, Somewhere in Time.

      Hi Kellie. Ooh, that sounds good. Order some for me too! I love the ambiance of this period.

      T.Dreker...Hi. If only we could time travel for real. Sigh...

  4. Yes, I agree with Margo, great pictures. I'm writing a book set in 1890, but in London, not the U.S. Still, the Victorian Era was similar in so many ways in both countries, I liked finding this blog. (I came via Jill's blog.) I'll definitedly be back.

  5. Another great post. You just keep them coming.

  6. These buildings are delightful.

    1. Hi Margo, Sally and Jai. Thanks for stopping by again. It's been fun reading your reactions.

      Elizabeth, Nice to meet you:) A book set in 1890 has so much potential. Thanks for the follow!

  7. What a fantastic idea for a blog! I love it!

  8. Don't you just love old buildings? So much character!

  9. I love old buildings, it's so sad about the hotel.

    1. Thanks, Daniel.

      Marcy--If only buildings could talk, eh? Thanks for reading.

      Kimberly--Thanks for the follow!! I thought it was sad, too.


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