The Hotel Cadillac likely started out as a very posh place in Rochester, NY.
Perhaps it was built in the 1930’s – 1940’s, when Rochester’s elite would meet for a drink on Chestnut Street downtown.
The elegant Lounge Bar at the Hotel Cadillac.
This is the Hotel Cadillac today. Most of the businesses on the street are empty. The Lounge Bar, which faced the street on the left side of the photo, is empty, as is the small restaurant to the right of the front door.
The fire escape from the second floors exits on top of the entrance canopy.
It’s now October 2014. The glory days of this hotel are long past, but right now there is massive construction happening in Rochester as the city attempts a rebuild.
Every year I spend a few weekends in the historic town of Stratford, Ontario, which is located about two hours from my home in Toronto.
Located there is the world famous Stratford Festival, which began in the 1950’s in a tent, with Sir Alec Guinness in the role of Richard III. Over the years, it’s stages have also been graced by Christopher Plummer, William Shatner, Peter Ustinov, Christopher Walken, Maggie Smith, Colm Feore and Brian Dennehey.
The season is winding down now, This year I have seen King John, King Lear, Crazy for You, Man of LaMancha, Hay Fever, Mother Courage and The Beaux’ Strategem.
Lots of Shakespeare, some Noel Coward, two broadway musicals and a Restoration comedy.