Saturday, September 14, 2013

Another Renewal

Just a block west on Queen St from the Drake Hotel which I showed a few days ago, is the Gladstone Hotel that was built in 1889 and designed by architect G. M. Miller in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. When built it was a prime destination due to its proximity to the Parkdale train station, but like the Drake it deteriorated with the neighbourhood through the years and had become a real dive before being purchased by the Zeidler family in 2002. It was then restored and renovated and has become a major arts & music hub with lots of events taking place there all year. A competition for local artists to design 37 of the hotel rooms was held and these rooms remain quite a draw for overnight guests. A couple of detail shots coming for the next 2 days.

11 comments:

William Kendall said...

Another hotel I've heard of in the area. Terrific work on the restoration!

Sharon said...

I like the idea of staying in an artist-designed hotel room.

Karen said...

Cool, can't wait to see those rooms!

Cherifrommission.blogspot.ca said...

I like the looks of that place. It will be nice to see your upcoming photos. I'd like to stay in the room with the rounded out window.
Cheri

Lynette said...

I'm looking forward to those detail photos! And thanks to living in Portland, Oregon, I've seen Richardsonian Romanesque style in person. I've enjoyed looking that the unique rooms at the Drake Hotel at their Web site.

Jack said...

This is another beauty, RedPat.

Randy said...

I love the arched windows.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Urban renewal gone right!

Deb said...

Great looking building, looks very inviting.

llandudnopictures said...

A classic looking railway hotel, very grand!

Halcyon said...

I've done a tour of the hotel and got to see a few of the rooms. It's a neat place!