Our Zollikofer Gallery, which features area artists, is in the hotel lobby and continues through the Vermont Room, one of the Hotel Coolidge event rooms. The gallery opened in March of 1998 through the initiative of Peggy Adams, wife of Hotel Coolidge Innkeeper David Briggs. It is named for August L. Zollikofer, owner and operator of Hotel Coolidge at two different times from 1946 to 1970. It was on his watch in 1949 that our Vermont Room murals came into being. This, coupled with the culture that “Pop” or “Zolly” Zollikofer brought to White River Junction via his Northern Italian cuisine, is the inspiration for naming the gallery in his honor. As chef-owner, Zolly made Hotel Coolidge the granddaddy of fine dining in the Upper Valley during the ‘50s and ‘60s, and the cuisine he created as chef continued to be enjoyed by a wide following through the 1970s, a decade or more after he retired.
Appropriately, the Zollikofer Gallery provides a unique space for local and regional artists to show their work in an open and dignified space. A public artist reception is typically scheduled on the first Friday of the month from 5-7 p.m., allowing the public to meet the artist(s) currently having their work displayed.
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