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Lake Geneva Hotel, Lake Geneva, WI (1911) (S.171)
Images from the Eric Milton Nicholls Collection, circa 1925

These images are from the Eric Milton Nicholls Collection and may be some of the earliest documented photographs of the Hotel Geneva, including an excellent photograph of the "light pole"

  and possibly one of the only photographs of the East end of the building.  The NLA dates these images circa 1925.
 
1: Viewed from the Southwest. The entrance to the Hotel was up a wide set of stairs with a decorative “light pole” and vase on either side. Then up a flight of stairs on the left and right of the Lobby, to the Open Gallery that ran the full length of the South side of the building. And finally through a set of doors just to the right or left. As Wright often did, he obscured or hid the entrance from view.  In pencil on verso: "1925,6,20, Wisc., Geneva Hotel 1912, 49".  NLA dates this photograph 1925.
 
1a: Detail. The entrance to the Hotel was up a wide set of stairs with a decorative “light pole” and vase on either side. Then up a flight of stairs on the left and right of the Lobby, to the Open Gallery that ran the full length of the South side of the building. And finally through a set of doors just to the right or left. As Wright often did, he obscured or hid the entrance from view.
 
2: Viewed from the South. The decorative “light pole” and vase in the foreground are very visible.  The base is most likely constructed of wood and leaded glass. The “globe” light fixtures to the right did not exist in earlier images. It appears that the entrance at the top of the stairs on the left side of the Lobby has been enclosed. In pencil on verso: "Lake Geneva Wisc., 1925,6,20, 49".  NLA dates this photograph 1925.
 
2a: Detail of the decorative “light pole” and vase.  The base is most likely constructed of wood and leaded glass. The “globe” light fixtures to the right did not exist in earlier images. It appears that the entrance at the top of the stairs on the left side of the Lobby has been enclosed.
 
2b: Detail of the decorative “light pole” . The graininess of the image is due to enlarging image to enhance detail of the Light Pole.
 
2c: Detail of the decorative “light pole” base and vase.  The base is most likely constructed of wood and leaded glass. The graininess of the image is due to enlarging image to enhance detail of the Light Pole base and vase.
 
3: Viewed from the East. At the top of the stairs is a covered porch.  Veering to the left, you enter of open galley that runs the length of the South side.  In pencil on verso"Lake Geneva Wisc., 1925.6.20. Inn. 49.? [initials]".  NLA dates this photograph 1925.
 
3a: Detail. At the top of the stairs is a covered porch.  Veering to the left, you enter of open galley that runs the length of the South side.  In pencil on verso"Lake Geneva Wisc., 1925.6.20. Inn. 49.? [initials]".  NLA dates this photograph 1925.

 

Courtesy of the National Library of Australia.
Text by Douglas M. Steiner, Copyright 2008
 
 
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