In February, we checked in with the Broadview Hotel restoration and expansion by Streetcar Developments. Situated at the northwest corner of Broadview Avenue and Queen Street East, the building has served a prominent role in Toronto's Riverside neighbourhood since its construction in 1891. Originally purposed as a public hall and office building, the structure was converted for use as a hotel in 1907. It served this role until the 1970s when it was repurposed as an adult entertainment venue. In 2014, Streetcar purchased the site with plans to convert the Victorian-era building to a boutique hotel with heritage specialists ERA Architects on the design.
Our last update showed that the three-storey northern addition had topped-off, with the Queen Street and Broadview Avenue frontages hidden behind scaffolding and wraps. While much of the facade remains obstructed, a hint of the progress can be seen at street-level where new windows have been installed.
Significant progress has also been made on repairing the intricate brick and stone detailing which has graced the corner of Broadview and Queen for over a century. While the original facade is being carefully restored, the northern extension is being clad in brick this spring and summer.
The pace of work on the building's north elevation has been steady and the first storey has nearly been completed. As brickwork continues to ascend to the upper storeys of the Hotel, we will keep a close eye on the emerging relationship between the lower-storey brickwork and the upper-level glass extension.
A considerable amount of work is being carried out inside the building as well. When Streetcar Developments purchased the building in 2014, fixing structural problems was considered a top priority. The cost of making the building structurally sound was estimated at $400,000. Some observers pointed out that the building was held up only by the stripper poles of Jilly's which occupied the building's ground floor prior to 2014.
Progress on the Hotel roof has also been visible from street-level, particularly on the tower structure at the southeast corner of the building. The tower will contain an executive suite overlooking the intersection of Queen Street and Broadview Avenue.
When complete, the project will include 57 rooms, a rooftop bar, and a ground-floor restaurant. The Broadview Hotel is one of many projects currently underway in the Riverside neighbourhood. Streetcar Developments have been an active contributor with Sync Lofts Condos at 630 Queen Street East and the 4.5 acre Riverside Square development. For additional images and information, visit the dataBase files linked below or the associated Forum threads. You can always get in on the discussion there, or you may leave a comment in the space provided on this page.