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Sarah Gilbert sets out to see Eaton’s fabled ninth floor but finds it’s shut away from the public eye and impossible to get a glimpse of.
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It’s too bad, it was a beautiful dining room.
If people had showed this kind of interest in it when it was in business….
For those really interested in seeing it there is an NFB film called “Les dames du 9eme ”
(the ladies from the 9th floor ).Pretty sure its still available to buy.i believe its about an hour long.
It’s such a tragedy. If they had at least included the kitchen it might have been open today; maybe. But without that, it’ll never be a restaurant serving amazing chicken pot pie, among other things, again.
erydan, I don’t think it was closed because it was unpopular, but because Eaton’s itself was going down the drain and there was no mechanism for keeping the resto open while the store was being closed down.
montrealfilmguy, thanks for the mention of the film. I’ve seen segments of it – it’s a good documentary. NFB link.
Funny thing, I know I was brought to the 9th floor at least once by my godmother, but I don’t really remember it. Might’ve been too young when she brought me there to appreciate the decor.
I managed to sneak up there a few times a few years ago. I never managed to get into the restaurant itself (locked up tight) but I did admire the decorations in the lobby and the views of downtown out the windows. People trying to sneak up there now would have a harder time, the way to get up there used to be to walk into the (unalarmed) fire exit stairways and climb, these days the doors have cameras on them and are (supposedly – have not verified myself) alarmed.
There is a picture on Wikipedia. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9b/EatonsNinthFloorMontreal.JPG/300px-EatonsNinthFloorMontreal.JPG It was beautiful. Went to lunch there a few times. I also had to climb up to the 10th floor with invoices when Canada Post was on strike.
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