Members of the Riverside community were among the first to see the newly restored facade of the Broadview Hotel at a lighting ceremony held Wednesday evening on the corner of Queen Street East and Broadview Avenue. A plaque was also unveiled by Brent Pearlman of Heritage Toronto, honouring the history of the Romanesque Revival-style landmark which was originally constructed in 1891.
The heritage property was in a state of disrepair and occupied by the strip club Jilly’s, when Streetcar Developments purchased it in 2014. The company is known for developing condominium residences close to public transit, including the nearby Riverside Square on Queen Street East and the Don Valley Parkway.
“The building had undergone a major structural failure almost to a point of collapse,” said Les Mallins, Founder and President of Streetcar Developments. “The reason for the structural failure was the tenant went in and removed large sections of the masonry wall to give patrons better views of the stage.”
After purchasing the property, the developer began a major redevelopment of the building in partnership with ERA Architects which specializes in heritage conservation. The exterior conversion included the restoration of the iconic red brick facade, corner rooftop turret, and the addition of a modern glass structure on the northern section of the rooftop amenity and event space.
The new Broadview Hotel is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017 and will house 58 guest rooms, a lobby cafe and bar, restaurant and 5,000 square feet of private event space.