Thursday, June 15, 2017

Quebec Trip #11: Chateau Frontenac

Tom and Rob, Chateau Frontenac in the background
This blog about our May trip to Quebec, we'll explore the famous hotel Chateau Frontenac that you can see from anywhere in the city. It looks like a palace, and it's quite palatial inside.


WHERE IS IT? Located in the Upper Town of Old Quebec City, the most picturesque building in the town is visible from anywhere. It's located at 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec.

WHO BUILT IT?

Chateau Frontenac came about as a result of Canadian railroads. It's one of Canada’s railway hotels, a series of five-star grand hotels across the country. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1980. It's located atop Cape Diamond overlooking Dufferin Terrace and the St. Lawrence River.
Rob and Nick outside the Chateau


WHAT WAS THERE BEFORE CONSTRUCTION?
The site was previously occupied by the Château Haldimand, home of the British colonial governors of Lower Canada and Quebec.   The current hotel capacity is more than 600 rooms on 18 floors.





HOW IT WAS NAMED
The Château Frontenac was named after Louis de Buade, Count of Frontenac, who was governor of the colony of New France from 1672 to 1682 and 1689 to 1698.
The hotel from the lower town

Chateau Frontenac from Lower Town
HOTEL HISTORY
The Château Frontenac was designed by American architect Bruce Price, as one of a series of "château" style hotels built for the Canadian Pacific Railway company (CPR) during the late 19th and early 20th centuries; the newer portions of the hotel—including the central tower (1924)—were designed by Canadian architect William Sutherland Maxwell. CPR's policy was to promote luxury tourism by appealing to wealthy travelers. (According to Wikipedia)
Inside the lobby
WHEN DID IT OPEN?
The Château Frontenac opened in 1893, six years after the Banff Springs Hotel, which was owned by the same company and is similar in style. Another reason for the construction of the Château Frontenac was to accommodate tourists for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair; however, the hotel was not finished in time.

FILM FACT
In 1953, this hotel was used as the filming location for Alfred Hitchcock's film I Confess, featuring Montgomery Clift and Anne Baxter. 

FOUR SIDES - The Chateau Frontenac is built like a fort. It has four sides with a big courtyard in the middle. Each side of the hotel has rooms the overlook the courtyard. You have to drive under part of one of the sides to enter the yard where the entrance of the hotel is located.
Tom outside the entrance in the courtyard
 

NEXT: Meet the Chateau Frontenac Hotel Canine Ambassador  !

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

Great Books by our friends
Check out these great books (yeah, Rob's are in there, too)

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next

Podcast of Rob's 50 min. interview on Paranormal Filler Radio 7/13/14