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Jekyll Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

All Work and No Play

 
 
All Work and No Play Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, March 13, 2018
1. All Work and No Play Marker
Inscription.  With only drive and ambition, Frank Henry Goodyear rose from a $35-per-month bookkeeper to the head of a vast lumber, coal, iron, and railroad empire.

Far from viewing Jekyll Island as a place to escape the stresses of business, Goodyear took the opportunity during afternoon drinks of scotch and soda at the Clubhouse to discuss business with "an empire builder like James J. Hill" and other financiers such as J.P. Morgan.

Goodyear's unceasing toil soon caught up with him, and in 1887 he gave his brother Charles temporary control of his business, allowing himself a well-deserved break in Europe to recuperate from a nervous breakdown. Refusing to be held back, Goodyear was once again at the helm of his empire six months later.

Goodyear and his wife Josephine only enjoyed their Italianate cottage on Jekyll Island together for one season before he died in 1907 at the age of 58, "worn out with ceaseless activity and worry."

Frank Goodyear began his career with $100, a keen business mind and an all-consuming drive to prosper. He left his heirs a $10,000,000 estate.

Carrere & Hastings
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building homes for the world of fashionable society, architects Carrere & Hastings came to Jekyll Island in 1903 to design a winter retreat for Frank and Josephine Goodyear.

Thomas Hastings and John Carrere met while studying in Paris, and continued their collaboration as draftsmen for McKim, Mead, and White, the most prominent architects of the 19th century. After striking out on their own, the pair designed buildings in Florida and New York before winning their most famous commission, the New York Public Library, in 1897.

Having designed a home for the Goodyear family in Buffalo, NY, Carrere & Hastings were the natural choice for architects of the Goodyears' Jekyll Island cottage.
 
Erected by Jekyll Island Museum.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 31° 3.403′ N, 81° 25.329′ W. Marker is on Jekyll Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker is on Riverview Drive, 0.2 miles north of Stable Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located west of Goodyear Cottage. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 321 Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island GA 31527, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Transcontinental Call (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Sans Souci
Marker detail: Frank Henry Goodyear image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, March 13, 2018
2. Marker detail: Frank Henry Goodyear
(about 600 feet away); The Club Wharf (about 600 feet away); Morgan Tennis Court (about 600 feet away); Enigma of the Island (about 600 feet away); Jekyll Island Club Wharf (about 700 feet away); M.E. Thompson and the Purchase of Jekyll Island (about 700 feet away); The Clubhouse (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jekyll Island.
 
Regarding All Work and No Play. Contributing property, Jekyll Island Club Historic District, National Register of Historic Places #72000385. The house was restored in 1974 and is now used as a center for the creative arts, housing the Jekyll Island Arts Association and the Jekyll Island Pottery Guild.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Jekyll Island Club Historic District
 
Also see . . .
1. Goodyear Cottage.
(This link includes various pictures of the cottage.) The home, completed in 1906, included features like engaged columns, sidelights for the doorway, and casement windows. Italian style, including the use
Marker detail: Goodyear Cottage original floor plan image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, March 13, 2018
3. Marker detail: Goodyear Cottage original floor plan
of tile, was used in the design of the house. Frank Henry Goodyear of Buffalo, New York owned the home but died in 1907, a year after it was completed, however his family used it for years to come.
(Submitted on March 15, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Goodyear Cottage.
Architects John Carrere and Thomas Hastings of New York City designed this white stucco winter home, typical of Mediterranean Revival architecture. The cottage was built in 1906 for the lumber baron, Frank Henry Goodyear of Buffalo, New York. There are seven rooms and a half-bath on the first floor and five bedrooms and three baths on the second floor. The third floor originally contained a servant’s room, a bath, and a storage area.
(Submitted on March 15, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Jekyll Island Club Historic District.
The club thrived through the early 20th century; its members came from many of the world's wealthiest families, most notably the Morgans, Rockefellers, and Vanderbilts. The complex was designated a historic landmark in 1978.
(Submitted on July 6, 2023, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
All Work and No Play Marker (<i>wide view</i>; northwest corner Goodyear Cottage in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, March 13, 2018
4. All Work and No Play Marker (wide view; northwest corner Goodyear Cottage in background)
Goodyear Cottage (<i>northwest corner; view from near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, March 13, 2018
5. Goodyear Cottage (northwest corner; view from near marker)
Goodyear Cottage (<i>porch</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, February 16, 2011
6. Goodyear Cottage (porch)
Goodyear Cottage (<i>window and roof detail</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, February 16, 2011
7. Goodyear Cottage (window and roof detail)
Goodyear Cottage (<i>southeast corner; dining room window</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, February 16, 2011
8. Goodyear Cottage (southeast corner; dining room window)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2023. It was originally submitted on March 15, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 361 times since then and 27 times this year. Last updated on March 16, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on March 15, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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