Old photos and their history

Beau Rivage Bar, Switzerland?


I’ve been told that the photo in a previous post is more likely to be of a building in Switzerland than Mexico.


I’m inclined to agree. Swiss traditional national dress does include ornately embroidered short-sleeved jackets.

Which Beau Rivage?

Beau Rivage is, however, a common name. For me, there were two main contenders for which Beau Rivage was in the photo. They were the historic Beau Rivage Palace and the equally historic Beau Rivage Geneva.

The Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne, Switzerland, opened in 1861. Its architecture is described on Wikipedia as being Art Nouveau and neo-baroque. The Beau Rivage Geneva – situated, as the name suggests, in Geneva – opened in 1865. Both share architectural features with the building in the photo.

Grand Hotel Beau Rivage

But, after exhaustive googling, I found the right building.

The Grand Hotel Beau Rivage in Interlaken, Switzerland, is an exact match. The windows and lamp pillars are identical. It was built in 1874 and reconstructed in 1899 after a great fire in 1895. It currently belongs to Lindner Hotels, based in Dusseldorf, Germany.

A vintage postcard being sold online shows one of the pillars with a sign protruding from it. The postcard can be currently found here:


So, we can now say with certainty that the photo is of a man and woman in traditional Swiss dress. The building is the Grand Hotel Beau Rivage in Interlaken. And there is absolutely no connection to Mexico.





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