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Lake Geneva Hotel, Lake Geneva, WI (1911) (S.171)
Behind the Scenes.

Hotel Geneva Terrace, Engine Room and Boiler System.  Looking West along the enclosed Southwest Terrace, the Terrace was not originally enclosed. The Dining Room is on the right. The wall sconces on right are original. Windows, ceiling light fixtures and the radiator on the right were added after enclosure.
       The Engine Room panel controlled the Boiler System. Notice the illustration on the right on the Boiler Systems. Panel indicates that there were two Boiler Systems.

         The Boiler System was controlled by the panel in the Engine Room. Al Hermansen indicated that it was a coal operated system. The Hotel Geneva was kept open during the winter of 1961 as a test for the Eisenhower Administration. They were looking at the site as a possibility for the Air Force Academy. Many politicians and press visited. Coal trucks delivered coal daily. It was built as a summer Hotel, hence there was no insulation. Thank you to Allen Hermansen for providing an original copy.
 
Hotel Geneva Terrace, January 1961. Looking West along the enclosed Southwest Terrace. Originally the Terrace was not enclosed. The Dining Room is on the right. The wall sconces on right are original. Windows, ceiling light fixtures and the radiator on the right were added after enclosure.
 
Hotel Geneva Engine Room, January 1961. This panel controlled the Boiler System. Notice the illustration on the right on the Boiler Systems. Panel indicates that there were two Boiler Systems.
 
Hotel Geneva Boiler System, January 1961. The Boiler System was controlled by the panel in the Engine Room. Al Hermansen indicated that it was a coal operated system. The Hotel Geneva was kept open during the winter of 1961 as a test for the Eisenhower Administration. They were looking at the site as a possibility for the Air Force Academy. Many politicians and press visited. Coal trucks delivered coal daily. It was built as a summer Hotel, hence there was no insulation.
 
 
Text by Douglas M. Steiner, Copyright 2009
 
 
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