Planners can now see what The Broadview Hotel will look like when it re-opens this spring. A virtual tour of the 125-year-old Toronto landmark’s interior spaces is available on the property’s website, thebroadviewhotel.ca.
The virtual tour was produced collaboratively by Norm Li, a Toronto-based studio that creates renderings, animation and interactive experiences, and DesignAgency, the Toronto company responsible for the interior design of the property.
“We’re proud of the thought that’s being put into the design of The Broadview Hotel. The details of each space are remarkable, and we were seeking a captivating way to introduce them to the public before then can experience if firsthand this spring,” says Les Mallins, president of Streetcar Developments and the hotel proprietor. “Through the power of virtual reality, we’re able to connect with our future guests and invite them to experience our vision for celebrating the neighbourhood and the east end’s culture.”
The Broadview Hotel is located at the corner of Queen St. E. and Broadview Ave. The Romanesque Revival-style building was constructed in 1891 and is a heritage property, as designated by the City of Toronto. Streetcar Developments and Dream, a leading real estate company, have partnered in its transformation into a boutique hotel, restaurant, bar and event venue.
The virtual tour takes visitors through the reception area to the lobby café + bar, a space that features a replicate of a historic wall covering revealed during the demolition. It then moves to the second floor, which is home to Lincoln Hall and Terrace, the property’s event venue. Originally used as a theatre, the 3,000-square-foot space has no visual obstructions. It can accommodate up to 15o guests for a seated dinner and 240 for cocktails. The adjoining 1,000-square-foot terrace overlooks Queen Street East. The space also features a fully-equipped custom bar, integrated sound system and WiFi.
The tour then goes to the rooftop bar and terrace on the property’s seventh floor. The 3,600-square-foot space features a glass, pyramidal skylight with 360 degree view of the city skyline; flexible furnishings; integrated sound system and WiFi; and a fully-equipped, shared indoor/outdoor bar. It can accommodate up to 240 for cocktail receptions.
The next stop is The Tower, an iconic architectural feature at the east end of the property. Left relatively untouched in the redesign, it features a 28-foot high vaulted ceiling, warm wood tones and original interior brickwork as well as a fully-equipped bar, integrated sound system and WiFi. At 440 square feet, it can accommodate up to 22 for seated dinners, 30 for cocktail receptions, and 30 for theatre-style set-ups.
Bookings are now being accepted for events to be held from September 2017 onwards.