Historic Hotel In downtown
Baker City, Oregon. Located minutes from the Oregon
Trail Interpretive Center.
Reserve Your Place In History!
Toll Free 1-888-GEISERG or (541) 523-1889
1996 Main St., Baker City,
If you are visiting Baker City, be sure to
check out the Geiser Grand Hotel.
ITALIAN RENAISSANCE REVIVAL ARCHITECTURE
GEISER GRAND HOTEL IN BAKER CITY, OREGON
The crown jewel of historic downtown
Baker City is the beautiful Geiser Grand Hotel. It was built in 1889
by the Geiser family during a gold mining boom in Eastern Oregon.
The magnificent Geiser boasted itís reputation as the finest hotel between
Salt Lake City and Seattle and served as the Baker City Stagecoach stop.
People marveled at the Geiser Grandís Italian Renaissance Revival architecture.
Serving as the social center of the region, virtually all travelers of
means visited, mingled, and dined under the Geiserís famed
stained glass ceiling. Guests enjoyed such delicacies as fresh Maine
Lobster and Green Turtle Soup, served by white gloved waiters.
The Geiser family spared no expense in
creating a showcase for the wealth they attained from the famed Bonanza
gold mine. The worldly sophistication and skill of the Czechoslovakian
born architect, John Benes, spilled onto the Geiser Grand. A great
variety of architectural accents are featured throughout the building.
Some exterior features are frieze pilasters, Romanesque jambs and sashes,
extensive decorative tin work pediments, ornamental keystones, cornices,
chimney caps, and decorative scrolls. A stunning corner cupola rises
some 200 feet and an illuminated clock appears under a verdigris pitched
roof. The ornate millwork in the interior has been restored, including
the grand staircase, linen paneling, wainscoting, and columns with Roman
Ionic capitals. Faux finish artisans used feathers and other techniques
to restore decorative finishes. The Palm Court is capped by a magnificent
stained glass ceiling, the largest in the Pacific Northwest. An oval
balustrade of cast iron, wrought metal and Honduran mahogany frames a mezzanine
where ladies would take tea and watch the activities below. The Swan
Room features a restored coffered ceiling. The Wine Cellar retained the
original rock walls and windows to the old Baker City underground tunnels.
The library allows guests to enjoy a novel or a game of cards. The
Bonanza provides a private setting for social gaming where high stakes
poker games took place a century ago.
Ten foot high windows afford breathtaking
views of the mountain ranges around Baker City from the guestrooms.
King and queen sized beds, silk damask draperies, marble tables, and gilt
chairs furnish the guest rooms and suites. More than 100 Viennese
crystal chandeliers grace every public area and guest rooms.
Through the years the building has also
been used as a brothel, a casino, and a veterans hospital. Before
closing in 1968 the building had fallen in serious disrepair. Almost
thirty years later after a painstaking restoration that has taken more
than three years and six million dollars the Geiser Grand Hotel has reopened
to accept satisfied guests for exquisite meals, and a good nights rest.
While in baker City Visit
China & Porcelain Restoration
Baker City, OR.
(541) 523-7190 Antiques
PLEASE TELL THEM THE OREGON VINTAGE TIME SENT
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