Go-Go ghosts of the Lakeview House

Syracuse's MCK Building Associates has been hard at work at 4 East Genesee St. in the village of Skaneateles' downtown district. The historic Lakeview House, a familiar icon of an older Skaneateles, has passed. Like a beloved pet whose time has come, the old building, fire damaged and victimized by age, had become too weak to support itself and had to be put down. Make that taken down.

It was built, roughly 138 years ago, said Jamie Kinder MCK's project manager. Over those years the Lakeview House has been home to a variety of businesses, offering goods and services to both a local clientele and travelers. Customers could rent a room that came with a post card view of the lake. Patrons might have purchased a fine hand-made suit or had a beer while watching go-go dancers.

Go-go dancers?

Well, not in the Civil War era, but later on, say the 1960s, when go-go was go go going on all around America.

A few long time residents still tell tales of a more 'colorful' side of Skaneateles nightlife of that time. It' s tavern talk and blue collar stories often accelerated by having a 'cold one' after a hard day.

There were more than a few teeming watering holes in Skaneateles during those years -the Town House, the Sherwood Inn,The Run of Stone, Fabin's, the Jazz Barn and Morris' s Grill to name a few, all competing for the working man' s imbibing dollar. And, of course, there was the Lakeview House, right next door to the bank (now First National Gifts).

"At that time the bars in Cayuga County closed at 1a.m.," recounts Skaneateles resident Joe Sullivan, "and ' last call' (just over the county line) in Skaneateles was 3 a.m. The bars would fill up with folks from the Auburn area and there was more than one place to go."

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