Historic preservation for book lovers!

R BN chateau marquee 2 (Mobile)

I am totally charmed by this bookstore, a wonderful repurposing of a historic downtown Rochester theater.

It’s on the National Register. The detail work of the architechture has been retained — the old box office displays gifts and books, There are even “Coming Attractions signs, like the next J.K. Rowling book.The replica of a chateau up high on the wall on the second floor — visible from the escalator–is original to the building.

The Chateau was one of the four movie theaters in town in 1937, when my parents came as medical students from Louisiana and Nebraska, so I feel sure one or both came here to see a movie.

My thanks to Heather and the staff for their interest in Courtship!

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