Architect Peter H. Dominick Jr’s designs impressed Michael Eisner at the time when Eisner was looking to make The Walt Disney Company a leader in architectural design for its hotels and buildings.
His initial presentation to Eisner made a deep impression.
“Michael Eisner leapt up from the conference table to examine the drawing more closely, challenging his creative team to accept our idea,” Dominick wrote about the meeting.
Dominick’s plans for the Wilderness Lodge became the template for two other popular Disney hotels Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and The Grand Californian.
The three hotels design by Dominick are my favorites of all the ones I’ve visited. The grand hall concept is so welcoming while the lodge feel makes your vacation feel so much more intimate.
Dominick died at the age of 67 while cross-country skiing. Our deep condolences to his friends and family.
Via the Orlando Sentinel.