Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

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Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Downtown toronto.jpg
General information
LocationToronto, Ontario, Canada
Address123 Queen Street West
Coordinates43°39′04″N 79°23′03″W / 43.65111°N 79.38417°W / 43.65111; -79.38417Coordinates: 43°39′04″N 79°23′03″W / 43.65111°N 79.38417°W / 43.65111; -79.38417
Construction started1970
Completed1972
Height
Roof135 m (443 ft)
Technical details
Floor count43
Courtyard waterfall

The Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel is a 1300-room, 43-story hotel in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada, opened in 1972.[1][2] It is the second-tallest all-hotel building in Toronto, after the Delta Toronto Hotel.[3][4]

History[edit]

The hotel opened on October 16, 1972[5] as the Four Seasons Sheraton Hotel, a joint venture between Sheraton and Toronto businessman Issy Sharp's Four Seasons chain.[6] At the time, it was the second-largest hotel in Toronto, behind only the Royal York Hotel. Sharp was unhappy with the partnership, and sold his 49 percent share in the hotel in 1976 for $18.5 million, and it was renamed The Sheraton Centre of Toronto.[7] The name has since been modified slightly to the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. Marriott International, Sheraton's parent company, sold the hotel to Brookfield Asset Management in 2017 for $335 million.[8]

The new hotel was built as part of an urban renewal project connected to the Toronto City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square project. The site of the Sheraton was considered a "commercial slum" with two burlesque theatres, pawn shops and a cinema.[9] The site was expropriated by the Old City of Toronto in 1964 and the site cleared in 1965. The site was later sold for the construction of the Four Seasons Sheraton Hotel.[citation needed]

The hotel was a host venue for the World Hockey Summit in 2010.[10]

Description[edit]

The hotel consists of three connected buildings located between Queen, York, and Richmond streets: the three-floor entrance, the eleven-floor building on Richmond Street, and the main building, which has 43 floors and faces Queen Street, looking directly at the Toronto City Hall.[11] The project was developed by John B. Parkin Associates.[12] The inner yard contains a landscaped garden with a waterfall, which was designed by a Canadian architect, J. Austin Floyd.[11] The hotel has 171,716 sq ft of total event space,[13] the largest hotel convention facilities in Toronto,[14] including a ballroom with a capacity of 3500. The hotel lobby serves as one of the nodes of the PATH network of pedestrian tunnels. There was a two screen cinema on the lower level until the 1990s. The hotel is connected to the square by a walk bridge over Queen Street West.[citation needed] The transmitter for CIRR-FM is located atop the hotel.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sheraton Centre Hotel". Emporis.com. Archived from the original on December 14, 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
  2. ^ "Sheraton Centre Hotel". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
  3. ^ "Sheraton Centre Hotel". Emporis.com. Archived from the original on December 14, 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-12.
  4. ^ "Sheraton Centre Hotel". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-05-12.
  5. ^ "' Four Seasons Hotel : Digital Archive : Ontario' Search Results for Toronto Public Library".
  6. ^ "Metro's Hotel Boom." Toronto Star. January 1, 1972.
  7. ^ "Four Seasons Hotels Inc _ Encyclopedia.com". www.encyclopedia.com.
  8. ^ "Brookfield arm buys Sheraton hotel in Toronto for $335M in landmark deal". CBC News. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  9. ^ "10 years to renew Queen - Manthorpe". Toronto Star. August 14, 1964. p. 31.
  10. ^ "Schedule and Venues". Hockey Canada. 2010. Archived from the original on February 22, 2016. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel". The Cultural Landscape Foundation. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  12. ^ Lerner, Loren R.; Williamson, Mary F. (1991). Art and Architecture in Canada: A Bibliography and Guide to the Literature. Vol. 1. University of Toronto Press. p. 961. ISBN 9780802058560.
  13. ^ "Meetings".
  14. ^ "Toronto | Events and Meetings".

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