Pop-up photo art created by Lesley Walker Fitzpatrick tells a hotel story. Her photos honour the history and heritage of the Dominion House Bar & Grill. The public house was built in Stratford, Ontario, in 1865. Lesley took her 280 photographs in the last week of the establishment’s operation. The pop-up photo art hangs on a chain link fence that surrounds the vacant lot where the hotel once stood.
The photos, crisp and clear in the setting sunlight of a late December day, depict the love and loyalty of the hotel patrons and staff.
Each day, Lesley battles the weather to tighten the fasteners on her photos. The string of photographs recreates the camaraderie and community of the hotel.
Neighbours, hotel patrons, passersby, and pop-up art appreciators stop to take in the exhibit.
Other Stratford stories:
I am scanning an old series done by the Beacon on the “Streets of Stratford” in the 1980 by Stanford Dingman and plan to put them on a web site, I am an old Stratfordite. I would like to add the history of Dominion House to the Guelph Street part. Could you provide me with a history, maybe pictures and tell me when it was torn down? I would credit you.