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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.

A task to move. . .

In addition, certain light fixtures from the lounge will be reused in one of the new building’s common spaces, as will two deco-style wood screens and the glass art panels, also from the lounge. Andrew Pruss of E.R.A. Architects, who have been retained by Edilcan to oversee the preservation, says:

“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.”

Some more looks:

Courtesy of the City of Toronto Archives, Series 1148

Courtesy of the City of Toronto Archives, Series 1148

The presentation centre, too, reflects the site’s heritage

Kudos to all involved for working to ensure that as Etobicoke gets a new landmark, as little as possible is lost to the past!

To learn more about One Valhalla, click over to their website or visit their Presentation Centre located at 1 Valhalla Inn Road. Or click here to read past buzz on the project.

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