Summer by the Seaside is a lavishly illustrated work on the origins, evolution, and gradual decline of the resort hotel phenomenon and its architecture along the New England coastline and on its offshore islands. In this indispensable, breakthrough volume, Bryant F. Tolles, Jr., the recognized expert in this popular field, examines the landmark hotels, extant and not, in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Together these hospitality enterprises helped define the upscale tourist industry and key aspects of New England social, cultural, economic, and architectural history between 1820 and 1950. Exhaustively researched and beautifully assembled, this stunning and informative volume is the definitive work on the history of travel and tourism in coastal New England during this period.
About the Author
BRYANT F. TOLLES, JR., is Professor Emeritus of History and Art History at the University of Delaware, where he served as Director of the Museum Program from 1984 to 2006. He has written and edited many books, including Resort Hotels of the Adirondacks (UPNE, 2003), Summer Cottages in the White Mountains (UPNE, 2000) and The Grand Resort Hotels of the White Mountains (1998).