# 1 The Stieglitz-Steichen
Honoring Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen. Edward Steichen was born in Luxemburg in 1879 and was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Steichen submitted photographs to the institute of Chicago for exhibition and were accepted by a jury that included Alfred Stieglitz. Stieglitz was impressed with a photograph entitled "The Pool," which he later purchased and called "a masterpiece." He later purchased many pieces from Steichen, paying him $50 to $100 in 1902.
Alfred Stieglitz founded the Photo-Secession, a photographic organization, in 1902, which published a magazine, Camerawork, and in 1905 opened a photo gallery at 291 Fifth Avenue, NY. The Gallery, which was referred to as "291" was designed by Edward Steichen and directed by Alfred Stieglitz. Many photographers, most notably Edward Steichen, Clarence and Alvin White, Gertrude Kasebier, John G. Bullock, and many others, joined the Photo-Secession and exhibited at "291." For the next twelve years, photographs by its members vied with paintings and drawings by Matisse, Marin, Harlley, Renoir, Cezanne, Manet, Picasso, Braque, and O'Keefe.
- Our largest room with foyer entrance
- Whirlpool bath/shower
- Sitting area
- Four poster mahogany queen bed
- Antique writing desk
- Vintage dressers
- Hard oak floors
- Sofa pullout (sleeps 4)
#2 The Szarkowski
Honoring John Szarkowski and the MOMA. John Szarkowski has long been one of the most compelling and influential figures in the photography world. As director of the photography department at The Museum of Modern Art since 1962, his exhibitions and writings brought new prestige to photography. He defined trends and discovered important photographers such as Diane Arbus and Garry Winogrand, setting contemporary photography on a track it would maintain until the late 1970s.
- White shutter style bed
- Bob Timberlake comforter
- Large bathroom w/shower
- Antique curtains
#3 The Aperture
Honoring Minor White founder of Aperture Magazine. Founded by Minor White in 1952, Aperture, a periodical, provides working photographers, teachers, students, and intellectuals the world over with reviews of photo-related books and exhibitions, articles on current developments in photography, and portfolios of current work, with a special emphasis on emerging talents. There are many fine issues available for our guests to enjoy in the library and several are on display in The Aperture.
- Queen canopy style bed
- Sofa pullout (sleeps 4)
- Large bathroom with vanity
- Antique dresser
#4 The Cameron
Honoring Julia Margaret Cameron and women photographers. Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) was endowed with a combination of eccentricities, energy, and inspiration that prompted her to photograph great Victorian personalities and enabled her to reflect their spirit, power, and character better than any portraitist. She concentrated on their heads, revealing their depth of mind as she revealed her own depth of feeling about them. It was the soul of her subject she was after.
- Queen bed
- Vintage deco dresser in oak
- Tub and shower
#5 The Brady
Honoring Mathew Brady and the Civil War photographers. To photograph the civil war was Mathew Brady's ideal and it burned fiercely in his heart. Brady took many of his best men with him into the field; by war's end he had financed twenty teams which had covered practically every major engagement in every theater of war. Each was equipped with a wagon of photographic material which the soldiers dubbed a "what-is-it" wagon. Alexander Gardner and his son James were with the army of the Potomac; Timothy H. O'Sullivan was at Gettysburg and Richmond, and others were remembered with given credit for pictures published after the war.
It took great strength of purpose and disregard of danger to coop oneself up in a wagon which invited a marksman's bullet, and prepare glass plates in the semi-darkness for cumbersome cameras like the 8x10 inch view camera. To slow to stop action, Brady and his men trained themselves to see and take grim still-lives that reflected the action frozen in death.
- Ginny Lind style twin beds
- Antique dresser
- Tub and shower
#6 The FSA
Honoring Roy Stryker and the FSA photographers. Roy Stryker's, head of the Farm Security Administration, objective was to investigate and record the human problems that beset millions of people living on impoverished, drought stricken land. He turned a spotlight on the lowest third, the third that President Roosevelt had referred to as "ill-housed, ill-clothed, and ill-fed." The FSA existed for 8 years with more than 200,000 photos in its files.
Roy Stryker inspired the photographers "to give their fraction of a second's exposure to the integrity of the truth."
- Queen bed
- Antique oak chair
- Small dresser
#7 The F64
Honoring Ansel Adams and other "F64" photographers. The vision represented by group F/64 dominated serious photography during the 1930s. The aesthetic beliefs of Americans exhibiting at "Film and Foto" were written up for the official catalogue by Edward Weston. Those beliefs were stark honesty in the use of materials and equipment, absolute control over composition and tonal range, and reality so keenly sensed and so meticulously re-created that it was like seeing the world for the first time.
Some of Weston's followers and a newcomer, Ansel Adams, who later gave these artistic imperatives detailed, quantitative expression, formed "Group F/64" to promote Weston's vision of photography.
- Queen bed
- Queen Ann dresser
- Octagon bath window
- Antique chair
#8 The Talbot & Daguerre
Honoring Henry Fox Talbot, Louis Daguerre & Joseph Nicéphore Niepce. Joseph Nicéphore Niepce, in 1822, made the first photograph, a permanent image. He called these images caught in the camera obscura "points de vue." In 1827, Niepce met with affluent prosperous Louise-Jacques-Mondé Daguerre, twenty years his junior. They became partners in 1829, after Daguerre convinced Niepce not to publish his process even though he felt he couldn't improve it any further. Daguerre's letter reads "...there should be found a way to get a large profit out of the invention before publication, apart from the honor you will receive."
Although Daguerre did not invent photography, he did make it work, made it popular, and made it his own. Within a year after its announcement in 1839, his name and his process were known in all parts of the world. Honors were showered on him and wealth and security was his. However, the name of Joseph Nicéphore Niepce was practically forgotten. Daguerre's principle of development of mercury vapor was original, a workable process based undoubtedly on knowledge he gained from Niepce. Niepce, however, contributed nothing further to the invention after 1829.
Daguerre's process could not be multiplied or printed in unlimited numbers, as positives can be from a single negative; the negative-positive principle of photography was the invention of Henry Fox Talbot. It was Talbot's invention of a paper negative from which multiple prints could be made that became the foundation of modern photography.
- Antique brass queen bed
- Primitive armoire and side table
- Retro 50's western comforter
#9 The Eastman
Honoring George Eastman. Through continued experiments, George Eastman developed what he called "American Film." Its greatest virtue was its flexibility. A roll holder could be fitted to any camera. In 1886, Eastman designed and patented a box camera with a standard roll holder for 48 4x5 inch negatives, a focusing lens, and shutter. A perfect amateur camera was developed and Eastman coined the word that has been synonymous with "camera" ever since -- "Kodak." It was George Eastman's slogan, "you press the button, we do the rest."
- Wheelchair accessible with oak floors
- Private deck
- Queen bed
- Tub and shower
#10 The Magnum
Honoring Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson and all Magnum photographers. In 1947, Robert Capa, David Seymour "Chim" and Henry Cartier Brisson co-founded Magnum Photos. Magnum is owned as a co-operative by its outstanding photographers, who supply illustrated journals and magazines of all the world with single photos or complete picture essays.
- Two full beds
- Sofa pullout (Sleeps 6) exterior and interior entrances
- Tile floor
- Braided rugs
- Children and pets welcome
We welcome children, but limited rooms are available so please inquire.
- Must be accompanied by a deposit equal to a one night stay, for guarantee retainment of room
- A two night minimum stay is required with a Saturday reservation between June 1st through October
- Please check with us for any single Saturday availability
- There is a three night minimum for some holiday weekends.
- Room rates are for double occupancy and range between $138 and $162
- Please add $20.00 for each additional person
- No discounts given for single occupancy during peak season
- Rates or policies are subject to change without notice
- Rates do not include Wisconsin sales tax of 5.5%
- Payment by cash or check is preferred
- We accept Visa, MasterCard & Discover cards
- Payment may be made by credit card or by check
- A single night reservation must be paid in advance
- Deposit will be credited to the last night of reserved time and will be forfeited in case of early departure
- A charge card receipt will be included in a mailed confirmation if time permits
Check-In & Check-Out
- Check-in: 4pm and 8pm
- Earlier or later check-in times are by prior arrangements
- Check-out: No later than 11am
- A $25.00 fee applies to all cancellations (This fee will be either charged to your account or deducted from your deposit refund)
- Cancellations received 14 or more days prior to arrival will receive a refund minus this fee
- Cancellations with less notice will receive a refund only if the room can be resold without loss of revenue to the inn
- Breakfast is complimentary
- Typically served between 8 and 9am
- If necessary, other time arrangements may be made in advance
- Please inform us of any special diet restrictions at check-in time
- Gift certificates, not purchased from the Silver Star, may not be used on Friday or Saturday from the last weekend in June through the last weekend in October and holidays
Children and Pets
- We welcome children and pets but limited rooms are available so please inquire
- Pull outs and roll away bed for rooms #1, #2, #3 or #4 is $10 extra
- Pet fee is $10 for one night and $15 for two or more nights
- As a courtesy to all our guests we have a no smoking inside the building policy
- Wireless Internet access is available in most building areas
- Courtesy portable phone is located on the first floor
- Rooms are Phone and TV free for the ultimate in relaxing getaways! (Phone, TV, fax and WI FI internet are all available on premises)