Monthly Media Round-up: March Edition

The days have grown longer, which means we’re coming to the end of the winter season. Before we say farewell to March (and snowy days) let’s have a look back at all the excitement this month had to offer:

March kicked off with The Toronto Star calling The Broadview Hotel an “architectural showstopper” in this feature covering every detail of the restored structure.  Written by Joseph Hall, the article reflects on our recent Heritage Award and outlines the intricacies of the hotel’s features, as well as our efforts to bring sparkle back to the building’s details, such as the LEDs added to the exterior’s terracotta carvings. The history is what drew us towards The Broadview Hotel in the first place, and we’re so proud to be restoring it for the community.

The Toronto Star also wrote a piece on the Streetcar Crowsnest regarding its breakthrough space that straddles the realms of theatre, cultural programming and an event space. The piece sits down with Chris Abraham, Artistic Director of Streetcar Crowsnest, and discusses his aspirations for something that would break the fouth wall of the theatre world. Diane Peters wrote:

In 2011, the concept for a bricks-and-mortar theatre started getting concrete when Abraham met with Streetcar Developments, which had a condo in the works and was interested in putting a creative space in the building. He commissioned a feasibility study, which revealed the east end was ripe for a creative centre with lots of young families and creative arts professionals.

We’re blushing over the love we got this month from The Toronto Star! Thank you!

Daily Commercial News and Inside Toronto featured pieces that covered the heritage award that ERA Architects and Streetcar Developments was given last month. The piece summarized the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation, the ceremony and The Broadview Hotel project.

Anticipating the warmer months to come, The Globe and Mail showcased The Broadview Hotel as one of the must see and stay attractions in Ontario. Matthew Hauge wrote:

Great travel revolves around storied destinations. Which is why Toronto’s 55-room Broadview Hotel is well positioned to become a must-visit spot for both tourists and locals when it reopens this spring. The 125-year-old Romanesque-revival structure tells a tale of glory, loss and, ultimately, redemption. Once the proud gateway to the city’s east end, it fell into disrepair, becoming a seedy strip club before being revamped by some of the city’s best designers: heritage restoration architects ERA, who helped bring both Maple Leaf Gardens and the Distillery District back to life, and interiors experts DesignAgency, whose award-winning hospitality spaces include Momofuku Toronto and Generator Hostels.

Joining the sights of Niagara Falls, boutique shopping on Queen West and the local patios in Muskoka, we’re honoured to be among such great company.

And finally, we released the official first look at the Broadview Hotel this past week, which featured renderings of the event space and outdoor terrace. This is the first official sneak-peek into what the hotel will look like upon completion, and the update aimed to highlight the hotel’s event spaces for summer party-planners. The Lincoln Hall and Terrace will feature 3,000 square feet of indoor space and 1,000 square feet of outdoor terrace, with capacity for up to 150 guests for a seated dinner and 270 guests for a cocktail reception. You can read the full press release here.

With March in the books, we look forward to the spring-filled days of April.

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