Elbert Green Hubbard, writer, lecturer, philosopher, epigrammatist, innkeeper and encourager of arts and crafts of every sort, realized his dreams by fashioning the American counterpart of William Morris' English crafts complex in East Aurora New York.
The Roycroft Campus, a complex consisting of 14 buildings (9 public) housed the artisans of yesteryear who made their mark on the Arts & Crafts Movement in America. Elbert Hubbard and his wife Alice died before their time in the sinking of the S.S. Lusitania in May 1915.
After Hubbard's death, the Roycroft thrived as a single entity under the guidance ofElbert Hubbard II. The stock market crash of 1929 and the depression that followed caused the closing of the original institute in 1938.
The Roycroft Renaissance has been renewed in East Auroraand throughout the country, through the efforts of many talented artists and committed historians. The Roycrofters-At-Large-Association was formed in 1976 to keep alive the history and philosophy of the movement and to encourage preservation and promote new crafts and craftsmen. The fourteen building Roycroft Campus has been a National Historic Landmark since 1986.
The Roycroft Inn reopened in 1995 after a multi-million dollar restoration by the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation. Today the Roycroft Campus still attracts many visitors annually who visit The Roycroft Inn and Shops to relive a piece of Arts & Crafts history.
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