- George Boldt
George Charles Boldt (1851-1916), was a
Prussian-born, self-made millionaire, who influenced the development of the urban hotel as a civic social center and luxurious destination.
He was proprietor of the
Waldorf-Astoria Hotelin New York Cityand built and owned The Bellevue-Stratford Hotelin Philadelphia(now the Park Hyatt). He was a trustee of Cornell University, to which his daughter donated the Boldt Tower, a gothic residence hall.
He is perhaps best known for building
Boldt Castlein the Thousand Islandsarea of New York State. The castle was intended as a gift for his wife Louise Kehrer Boldt, but when she died suddenly in 1904, construction was halted. The castle, which has gone under major restoration after decades of vandalism, is now a major summer tourist attraction at Alexandria Bay.
Boldt is credited with popularizing
Thousand Island dressingduring his time at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, when he instructed Maître d', Oscar Tschirky, to include it on the menu. The hotel introduced many popular food items, such as Waldorf Salad.
* Malo, Paul. "Boldt Castle: In Search of the Lost Story". Fulton, N.Y.: Laurentian Press, 2001.
* [http://www.boldtcastle.com/ Boldt Castle] Official Site.
* [http://www.1000islandsphotoart.com/Galleries/tabid/55/albumid/23/Default.aspx/ Ian Coristine's Thousand Islands Castles & Grand Cottages Gallery]
* [http://www.thousandislandslife.com Thousand Islands Life]
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