What do Cleopatra, Socrates and Paganini have in common? Why the Roycroft Inn of course! Elbert Hubbard brought together politicians, businessmen, intellectuals and artists from across the ages - some he had actually met and others he only figuratively rubbed elbows with.
A small, “Philistine-sized” promotional pamphlet about the Inn was published in 1923. It described the amusements, the food, Salon and accommodations. At the end of the pamphlet was a chapter titled “The Roycroft Hall of Fame”, further described as follows: “The sleeping-rooms of The Roycroft Inn are not numbered. Each room bears the name of one of the world’s great; and the furnishings are carried out in harmony with the character of the personages the room is named for.”
These personages (Rooms) are: (Michel)Angelo, Aristotle, Jane Austen, Beethoven, Elizabeth Barrett, (Sara) Bernhardt, Rosa Bonheur, Brahms, Charlotte Bronte, Robert Browning, Burne-Jones, John Burroughs, Chopin, Cleopatra, Darwin, Thomas Edison, George Eliot, Emerson, Benjamin Franklin, Elizabeth Fry, Hetty Green, Caroline Herschel, William Herschel, Victor Hugo, Alexander Von Humboldt. Anne Hutchinson, Robert Ingersoll, Liza Lehmann, Leonardo (da Vinci), Liszt, William Morris, Paganini, Tom Paine, Pericles, Plato, Raphael, Rembrandt, Rossetti, John Ruskin, Clara Schumann, Socrates, Herbert Spencer, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Theodora, Henry Thoreau, Richard Wagner, Alfred Russel Wallace, Whistler, Walt Whitman, Mary Wollstonecraft.
While Elbert was on Campus he would call guests by the name of their room - so you could be Cleopatra or Socrates or Ruskin, et al for the duration of your stay. Today, the rooms are still identified by names and not numbers.