Roycroft Inn & Campus


 

Travel Back to 1910 at Elbert Hubbard’s Utopia in Western New York

by Robert W. Lang.

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This sitting area is just inside the lobby entrance of the Roycroft Inn. The furniture is a mix of original pieces and reproductions, and the room appears much as it did in the early 20th century. The inn offers fine dining and guest suites in a relaxing and authentic atmosphere. Spend the night if you can, for there is a lot to see.

Seeing furniture in the flesh is much better than looking at photographs or drawings. A visit to a museum is good, but seeing furniture in context, in relation to other pieces and in an appropriate interior is better still. The Roycroft Inn and adjacent campus, Elbert Hubbard’s utopian community, offer that in abundance, and if you are fascinated with the Arts & Crafts period of the early 20th century, a visit to East Aurora, New York should be on your bucket list.

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Originally completed in 1905, the Roycroft Inn was restored in 1995. Today it is a treasure trove of Arts & Crafts furniture, glass, metal and architecture.

The inn, originally opened in 1905 and restored in 1995, offers the opportunity to enjoy a meal or spend the night surrounded by the best examples of the period in furniture, metalwork, glass and architecture. When you step into one of the public areas, dining rooms or guest rooms, it is like stepping back one hundred years to when the Arts & Crafts period was the height of fashion. If you like the furniture by itself, you’ll enjoy it more when you sit in an original Stickley morris chair, look out the window at the garden and enjoy coffee and conversation surrounded by murals, exposed wood construction and art glass lighting. At the Roycroft Inn, you are surrounded by the real thing and invited to make yourself at home.


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  1. Great article Bob. I wrote about a visit to Roycroft here:

    http://whilethegluedries.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/looking-out-my-backdoor/

    One thing to note. I was able to venture down to the basement of the power house and talk to the woodworker on staff. He was really friendly and showed me a thing or two about the workshop and projects he was working on. He told me about few “resident” woodworkers in the surrounding community. I went to one of them and he also gave me a tour of his shop and showed me what he was working on. You can find out more about them here:

    http://www.ralaweb.com/html_pages/artisans_a.html#WOOD

    -Shawn

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