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Mark Young, Ph.D., is director of the Hospitality Industry Archives at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management, University of Houston.
David T. Williams at work in his office.

The Legacy of Hotel Interior Designer David T. Williams

“We try to get as much local feeling as possible in each hotel.” These words perfectly summarize the artistic view of hotel interior designer David T. Williams. Specializing almost exclusively in the interior design...
Traveling women

Traveling While Female: A History of How Hotels Warmed Up To Women

In 1885, The New York Tribune assigned a reporter to investigate how many women unaccompanied by either a husband or parent were staying at four of the city’s largest hotels. According to the Tribune,...
The Inside Inn

The Inside Inn Was the World’s Largest Hotel During the 1904 St. Louis World’s...

Ellsworth Statler, the legendary American hotelier, was a visionary who applied late 19th and early 20th century advances in technology and modern business systems to hotel operations. In applying these modern efficiencies while simultaneously...
Lunar Hilton — Space Tourism

When the Future of the Hotel Industry 
Was Space Tourism

In 1967—a full two years before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon—a room full of outer space engineers and scientists attending a meeting of the American Astronautical Society at the Statler Hilton Hotel in...
The Waldorf-Astoria New York

Remembering a Hotel Operations Management Innovator

Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in 1878, the young Lucius Boomer’s goal in life was to become a professional violinist. By all accounts, the would-be virtuoso was good with his instrument, but as he got...
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