|Ladies Parlour, Sheridan Inn (early photo)|
Location: 856 Broadway, Sheridan, Wyoming, USA
Opened: Construction begun in December 1892, opened May 27, 1893
Closed: First floor remains open, including the former ladies parlour, for meetings, dinners, and receptions. Upper floors in need of restoration. As of this year (April), the hotel was in danger of foreclosure.
|Sheridan Inn (2008)|
|Georgia O'Keeffe, Ram's Head White|
Hollyhock and Little Hills (1935)
|Ladies Parlour - after 1969?|
Given all the male diners, this was clearly not a womyn's space by this time. That's hardly a surprise though. We know from past research that nearly all lady-designated dining spaces of the late nineteenth century were constantly infested with male "escorts" and the like, who not infrequently outnumbered the women. In addition, ladies cafes, restaurants and the like often doubled as small banquet facilities for men and women. So they never had a very stable or consistent function, unlike, say, the men's smoking room or the men's grill.