Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Jewel in Her Crown

The Greenbrier is a luxury, award-winning resort located in the town of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The resort was built between 1858-1913 in the classical revival style, under the direction of the architect John H.B. Latrobe.

Dorothy Draper’s career truly shined when she was chosen to redecorate The Greenbrier Hotel after World War II. It was her last big project. In redesigning The Greenbrier, Draper introduced positive distractions to the interiors with her use of strong, bright colors. With its contrast, it provided an uplifting atmosphere for guests. Draper understood the people’s need for hope and optimism at that time, so she created an escape through theatrical interiors and cheerful colors. Draper described The Greenbrier as “the jewel in her crown.”

The Lobby (before)

The Lobby (after)
As is standard after the completion of the design process, a reopening party was held in 1948. It was considered one of the most lavish parties of the century. Prominent citizens from American industry, government, and social circles attended the party.

Below: Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco with their children at the Greenbrier

Below: Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher During their honeymoon
Nowadays, The Greenbrier is considered a national historic landmark. Unfortunately, it is facing financial problems, as you can read in this article. Through renovations, the goal is always to create an inviting place for people, to maintain the architectural integrity of the resort, and to preserve and protect an important historic cultural resource.

Photo 1 courtesy of Architectural Digest's site, photography Gordon Beall 
Photo 2, 3, 4, 5 The history of the Greenbrier: America’s resort
Photos are from the Greenbrier archives or PR dept.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I hope they succeed in bringing the Greenbrier to its old glory and see more famous people visiting it.


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