Catskill Resorts: Lost Architecture of ParadiseBy Ross Padluck (Schiffer, 2013) Buy It Now
The Catskills had two resort booms: Victorian-era “mountain houses” and the swank Borscht Belt hotels of the ’50s and ’60s. Mixing period postcards, stunning duotone photos, and architectural floor plans with splashes of period color (turquoise, buff, avocado), Padluck evokes vanished eras. Form met function: The Concord’s sinuous “hanging staircase” let mink-draped guests make a grand entrance; the Fallsview’s red-on-red Harlequin Lounge, the Nevele’s luxe Stardust Room, and Grossinger’s Pink Elephant Lounge showcased a who’s who of crooners. “Mad Men” fans and mid century modern collectors will drool.