March 15, 2011
Suites are flying off the shelves at One Valhalla Towns and Condos [map], which is the first phase of a multi-phase project being developed by Edilcan Development Corporation. The pace of sales was actually such that the date of the start of construction (already underway) was bumped up.
But as the project ushers in a new era, Edilcan is working hard to ensure that the history of the site is adequately preserved. What history, you ask?
Well, since 1963 the Valhalla Inn stood on the future site of the condominium and was, for many years, a well-loved landmark and hub of Etobicoke’s social scene.
Designed by George Robb, the Valhalla Inn, which is listed on the City of Toronto Inventory of Heritage Properties, had a number of identifiable artifacts (many designed by Robb himself) which Edilcan has preserved for inclusion in the design of One Valhalla Towns and Condos. The undertaking is substantial, but, says Edilcan Vice President G.P. Di Rocco:
“It’s all worth the effort. The Valhalla Inn was an area icon for a long time, and it’s only fitting that we acknowledge it in a special way by capturing all that it stood for and will continue to stand for.”
Among the items that are being preserved and incorporated into the new building are the exterior wood main entry doors (complete with brass pulls), the interior archway in wood, the Mermaid Lounge metal screen, the garden bronze sculpture, and, spectacularly, the Nordic bar counter from the hotel’s Nordic Dining Lounge.
“The fact that many of these items will be reused in the new residence’s party room is poetic. The Valhalla Inn was an Etobicoke landmark that was a prominent social site. Many parties and weddings were held over the years. Reusing these items within this context gives them ongoing life. The effort of the developers to salvage, restore and reuse these elements recognizes the heritage value of the site.”
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