January 30th, 2011 by jacquelineb
Have you ever wondered how old the hotel you were staying in was? Well if your staying in The Grand Union Hotel, in Saratoga Springs; then it’s pretty old! The Grand Union Hotel, was the first hotel in America! it was built by a city founder Gideon Putnam, who began this as Putnam’s Tavern and Boarding House in 1802. The original building would not have been considered a true hotel, because the vision of a “modern” hotel was invented by an American architect named Isaiah Rogers later in 1823. This hotel had 10 windows across the front, whitewashed exterior, and dark shutters. The structure was 70 feet long, three stories high, and had 70 guestrooms. Over the time the building was expanded to over twice its original size. Following Gideon Putam’s death in 1812, Doanda took charge of the boarding house until 1836. The name of the boarding house was changed to Union Hall sometime around Doanda’s death.
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