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  • The Riviera

    by Norsk1 Updated Jul 17, 2011

    Fondest memory: I have a photo of my mother and father at the Riviera with Louis Armstrong! The story is that he was playing there one night while my parents were in town. I don't believe they could afford to see him even though he is one of my dad's idols. They were walking outside of the Riviera when they ran into a man who worked for Louis. He asked them if they wanted to go in to the "locker room" area where Armstrong was. Of course they said, yes! How wonderful! That would never happen these days! So, I have a beautiful black and white photo of the 3 of them....smiles from ear to ear!

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    "The Legend of the Fountain"

    by deecat Updated Aug 7, 2009

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    The Fountain at Lake Geneva

    Favorite thing: As we walked toward The Riviera, we stopped to admire the beautiful Fountain in front of it. Inquisitive, I wandered over to read the plaque which gave information about the fountain. I discovered that in June of 2004, Lake Geneva celebrated the dedication of "The Driehaus Family Fountain in Riviera Park" This family donated a replica of the New York City [1873] "ANGEL OF THE WATERS FOUNTAIN at Behesda Terrace in Central Park. That fountain was designed by Emma Stebbins.

    "The winged female figure at the top of the fountain symbolized the purifying of the city's {New York} water supply when the Croton Aqeduct opened in 1842, bringing fresh water to all New York citizens. Thus, she carries a lily, the symbol of purity in one hand, while with her other hand, she extends outwardly to bless the water below." However, for Mr. Driehaus, the fountain celebrates the history surrounding Lake Geneva. This celebration includes the majestic estates that were designed by the Olmsted Brothers [sons of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture, who designed New York's Central Park].

    Fondest memory: Even without knowing the history of this lovely fountain, one can appreciate its utter beauty and charming addition to The Riviera.

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    Resort Town, Lake Geneva

    by deecat Updated Aug 7, 2009

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    The Riviera Docks in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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    Favorite thing: As much as I love architecture, I was drawn to a major landmark in downtown Lake Geneva, Wisconsin called The Riviera. It was built in 1932 on a man-made peninsula of 280 pilings driven into the bedrock. I read that during the "Swing Era", this building played host to Big Bands such as Artie Shaw, Louie Armstrong, and the Dorsey Brothers!

    It is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places ["This is the Nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. It is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archeological resources"]

    For many years now, The Riviera has housed shops and businesses in the lower level and a civic center and ballroom on the upper level.

    The docks on the lake side of this building is called Riviera Docks, which are the seasonal headquarters of the Lake Geneva Cruise Line. This is also where you go to wait for your boat cruise.

    Fondest memory: The outside patio sure is a great setting to relax and enjoy views of the lake. It is really quite lovely during sunset and after dark...even romantic.

    One of my fondest memories concerning The Riviera happened about five years ago on a beautiful night in Lake Geneva. My husband Allan and I had finished a lovely outdoor dining experience and decided to take a walk on the pier beside the wonderful Riviera Building on the Riviera Dock. We walked hand-in-hand and commented how gorgeous the night sky seemed...the stars appeared closer and brighter, and all was right in our world!

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