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I had the pleasure of attending a Lodging Industry conference there in Fall '96,'97, and '98, and booked a room each time in the original portions of the building. I agree Wright's hand is evident in the original bulding. I particularly enjoyed taking a break between sessions at the seating areas on the mezzanine above the lobby. The lighting, the sound of water, and the scale had the effect of both calming and re-energizing me.
Thanks for jogging my memory.
I was at the hotel for an AIA Knowledge Assembly. The hotel was perfect for that function. I am the chair of the national advisory group for the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture. There were great meeting rooms for a 150 person group assembly plus numerous really cool and inspiring places for our committee to meet indoors and out. We met mostly outdoors on terraces. One really cool obscure place to meet and/or sit and think is the third floor terrace on the main facade of the building. The bar's terrace on the great lawn with a view of the mountains is a close second. The two main pools are also great. Plus the cafe's outdoor terrace is really fine. Plus the hexagonal meeting is really beautiful. The humble concrete block is like the obelisk in 2001: A Space Odyssey. It is always with you indoors and outdoors. The color of the block is absolutely beautiful. It matches the color of the mountains. What a great hotel.
The concrete block exterior fireplace on the dining terrace made the atmosphere on fall evenings.
I can see how the well-to-do of the 30's, 40's, and 50's chose to spend winter vacations there.