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Lake Geneva Hotel, Lake Geneva, WI (1911) (S.171)
 

(Note, due to the fact that the internet is constantly changing, and items that
are posted change, I have copied excerpts of the text, but give all the credits available.)

 
Hotel Geneva and the Hotel Clair.
The Hotel Clair was situated just behind the West end of the Hotel Geneva on the corner of Main and Broad Street. The earliest image we have located to date of the “Hotel Clair” Building is 1889, but we can not verify when the building began operating as a hotel. There are two images that show the proximity of the Hotel Clair to the Hotel Geneva.  Map location of the original Hotel Geneva and the Hotel Clair.
1: Hotel Geneva 1915. This image shows the “Hotel Clair” building just behind the Hotel Geneva. From “Lake Geneva”, Published by Morrison and Rogers, Lake Geneva, Wis. Copyright 1915, by C. MacKay Morrison.
 
2: This is one of the earlier glossy color postcard of the Hotel Geneva. The Hotel Clair can clearly be seen in the background. Published by E. F. Godfrey, Lake Geneva, Wis. in 1950, #OC-K400.
 
3: 1889.  Main Street, looking west from Broad Street. Inset, Arnold's Drugstore in the “Hotel Clair” Building.  Photographed by J. Thorsen. Published by R. B. & C. S. Arnold.
 
4: 1905, R. B. Arnold drugs and medicines, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Notice the horse and carriage to the far left, and the man on a ladder working on the sign.
 
5: Circa 1908-1910.  Main Street looking East in downtown Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Still a Drug Store.  May have been photographed before the image above (#4).
 
5a: Detail. Main Street looking East in downtown Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
 
6: Circa 1930's. Main Street looking East in downtown Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Lamp posts have been installed.  The building has not yet been painted.
 
7: Circa 1930's. By now, the building has been remodeled and converted into the Hotel Clair. “Hotel Clair, Main & Broad Street, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.” Back: “Natural Color Postcard made in U.S.A. by E.C. Kropp, Co., Milwaukee, Wis, (MCL) #16915.
 
8: Hotel Clair Circa 1940's. "Lake Geneva, Wis., J-260."  Real photo post card produced by EKC.  Looking South down Broad Street toward Lake Geneva. Hotel Geneva is just beyond the Hotel Clair.
 
8a: Detail of Hotel Clair Circa 1940's. "Lake Geneva, Wis., J-260."  Real photo post card produced by EKC.  Looking South down Broad Street toward Lake Geneva. Hotel Geneva is just beyond the Hotel Clair.
 
9: Circa 1953. Main Street looking East. “Photograph of intersection of Main and Broad streets.”  Published by L. L. Cook Co., Milwaukee, WI. The building now houses a Grill and Bowling Alley.  Published by L. L. Cook Co., Milwaukee, Wis.
 
10: Circa Mid 1950s. Looking South down Broad Street toward Lake Geneva. Hotel Geneva is just beyond the Hotel Clair Building on the left.
 
11: Circa 190s. Looking South down Broad Street toward Lake Geneva. Hotel Geneva is just beyond the Hotel Clair Building on the left.
 
12: Circa 1960s. Looking West down Main Street.
 
12a: Circa 1960s. Detail. Looking West down Main Street.
 
13: Circa 1960s. Looking South down Broad Street toward Lake Geneva. Hotel Geneva is just beyond the Hotel Clair.
 
13a: Circa 1960s. Detail. Looking South down Broad Street toward Lake Geneva. Hotel Geneva is just beyond the Hotel Clair Building.
 
14: 2004, Hotel Clair Building, now the Landmark Center. Kilwin’s Chocolate. Courtesy: http://home.wi.rr.com/muaddib5/historic.html
 
15: 2004, Hotel Clair Building, now the Landmark Center. Kilwin’s Chocolate. Courtesy:
http://home.wi.rr.com/muaddib5/historic.html
 
16: 2007, Kilwin’s Chocolate. Courtesy: Tres Poshe Preppy.
 
17. 2007, Kilwin’s Chocolate. Courtesy Keiko S.
 
 
October 2008
Text by Douglas Steiner, Copyright 2008.
 
 

 

Hotel Geneva was located half a block south of the corner of Broad and Main Streets.  To locate the Hotel Geneva's original location on Google's interactive map, click on the link below.
 
 
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