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The Broadview Hotel

view of Broadview Hotel from across the street at night
rendering of Broadview Hotel addition
view of actual Broadview Hotel addition
view of masonry restoration on red brick of Broadview Hotel
detailed view of roof restoration of Broadview Hotel

The Broadview Hotel

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The Broadview Hotel is a landmark building at the northwest corner of Queen and Broadview in Toronto’s Riverdale neighbourghood. It functioned as a community hub for businesses, clubs, and athletics, as well as a site for public meetings. The building was completed in 1891-92 for oilman and soap maker Archibald Dingman in the Romanesque Revival architectural style (the architect is unknown).

At one time, the Broadview Hotel stood taller than any other office building east of the Don River. Previously named Dingman Hall, it housed the Canadian Bank of Commerce on its main floor, offices on its middle floors, and meeting halls above. It was a major social gathering spot for the city’s developing East End and now exists as a local landmark within a transit hub, with nearby stops for two TTC routes.

ERA led this multi-award-winning project for Streetcar Developments. Alterations included increasing the existing floor heights and adding two new storeys largely within the existing building envelope. Exterior work included removing fire escapes, replacing windows, reinstating entrances and storefronts, adding glazing and metal cornices to the façades, and repairing masonry.

Night photos by Marcus Mitanus / detail photos by Streetcar Developments / renderings by ERA Architects

Location
Toronto
Client
Streetcar Developments
Partner
DesignAgency and Seven Haus (interior design)
Consultants
Atkins & Van Groll (structural), Novatrend (mechanical/electrical)
Expertise
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Sector
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Awards

  • Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award: Excellence in Conservation, 2016
  • Toronto Urban Design Awards (TUDA): Award of Excellence - Private Buildings in Context (Mid-rise), 2017
  • Architecture Conservancy of Ontario: Paul Oberman Award for Adaptive-use (corporate), 2017

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