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 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.”
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.