Broadview Hotel (Toronto)
New Broadview Hotel and Jilly's in 2007 before conversion to a boutique hotel
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The Broadview Hotel is a 58 room boutique hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located at the intersection of Broadview Avenue and Queen Street East in Toronto's Riverdale neighbourhood. Built in 1893, the building was originally a hall with retail and office space and later converted into a hotel. Until 2014, the establishment was occupied by the New Broadview House Hotel, a hotel and boarding house with a strip club named Jilly's on its ground level. The newly-renovated hotel is scheduled to open in June 2017.
Built in 1893, the Richardsonian Romanesque style structure was built for Archibald Dingman and designed by Robert Ogilvie as a commercial hub and public hall (Dingman's Hall). The building originally had the Canadian Bank of Commerce as a tenant on the ground floor and doctors' and lawyers' offices on the middle floors. Atop the building were two public halls which acted as a venue for concerts and assemblies.
In 1907, the building was sold to Thomas J. Edwards who hired architect George Gouinlock to transform Dingman’s Hall into The Broadview Hotel, which let rooms for $1.50 or more a night. It was known as the Lincoln Hotel for a time in the 1930s before reverting to its original name in the 1940s. By the 1970s, it was the Broadview House, a boarding house renting rooms by the week, with a strip club (later known as Jilly's) on the main floor.
On May 13, 2014, Streetcar Developments announced its purchase of the Hotel, and subsequently evicted the tenants, including the strip club and several long term rooming house boarders. The 45 long-term tenants, many of whom were living on disability or social assistance were rehoused through a partnership between Streetcar Developments, the city, and WoodGreen Community Services in which the developer paid WoodGreen to hire two staff persons to assist the tenants in finding new homes with Streetcar paying for the tenants' first and last months' rent and moving costs.
In late 2014, the developers sought the city's permission to renovate the building into a 57-room boutique hotel with a ground floor restaurant and a rooftop bar. The hotel redevelopment is part of an ongoing gentrification of the neighbourhood.
In late 2016, the exterior of the building had completed renovations which were unveiled and the renovation has also garnered a Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation. With the renovations, the hotel is renamed from the "New Broadview Hotel" to "The Broadview Hotel".
The building features arched windows and a tower characteristic of Romanesque Revival. The south-east vertical edge of the building is rounded using curved, elongated bricks. The building's grey lintels above the windows were likely carved from Credit Valley sandstone, popularly used during Toronto's Victorian era. The east and south exterior walls feature terracotta relief sculptures depicting human faces.
A major addition during the renovation of 2015-2017 was the addition of a glassed-in rooftop restaurant on the building's north side. While the bulk of the building is four stories high, the rooftop restaurant and the hotel tower are on higher levels.
With the completion of the renovations of 2015-2017, the Broadview Hotel features:
- 58 guest rooms some of which feature prints of pinup girls, a reminder of the former Jilly’s.
- A ground floor café and bar which doubles a cocktail and champagne bar by night. The café's wallpaper is a replica of the original, a sample of which was found in the walls during renovation.
- A formal 80-seat restaurant near the lobby.
- Lincoln Hall and Terrace, a 4,000 square-foot space above the formal restaurant, for hosting events.
- A casual rooftop restaurant housed in a newly constructed glass box on the north side of the building with surrounding rooftop views.
- Hotel tower for hosting small private events featuring exposed brick and wood, arched windows and a vaulted ceiling.
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- Da Silva, Michelle (April 21, 2017). "Inside the newly restored Broadview Hotel, opening in June". Now. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
- Drake Hotel owner denies east-end strip club purchase (National Post, June 16, 2006)
- Photo, 1945 from the City of Toronto Archives
- Jilly's strip club has finally been sold to a developer (Toronto Life, May 13, 2014)