King Edward Hotel

Toronto's King Edward Hotel (or the King Eddy) is a historic luxury hotel opened in 1903 and expanded with an 18 storey tower in 1922. It was conceived of by the Gooderham family to "stem the tide of development that was moving towards the newly opened City Hall at Bay and Queen Streets." Famous guests have included Mark Twain, Rudolph Valentino, Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, Margaret Thatcher, The Beatles, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Britney Spears, and Ernest Hemingway. Richard Burton proposed to Liz Taylor in the Sovereign Ballroom there in 1964.

Besides the famous guests, the hotel was also known for its art collection (at a time likely worth $75 million in today's dollar) and the lavish Crystal Ballroom on the 17th and 18th floors which was closed in the late 1950's due to fire regulations - ironic as the hotel billed itself as "Absolutely fire proof" when it first opened.

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1907 Historic photo from 1907 - King Edward Hotel interior Victoria Dinning Room? - complimentary dinner tendered by Sir John Eaton in St. LawrenceKing Edward Hotel interior Victoria Dinning Room? - complimentary dinner tendered by Sir John Eaton
110 years ago - St. Lawrence - 1907
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1910 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 3, 1910 - King Edward Hotel ballroom -Toronto Press Club dinner for Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson in St. LawrenceKing Edward Hotel ballroom -Toronto Press Club dinner for Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson
107 years ago - St. Lawrence - Tuesday, May 3, 1910
Max temp: 12.2°C - Min temp: 6.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1910 Historic photo from 1910 - King Street, looking west from the John Catto and Son store before it was demolished for King Eddy expansion in St. LawrenceKing Street, looking west from the John Catto and Son store before it was demolished for King Eddy expansion
107 years ago - St. Lawrence - 1910
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1913 Historic photo from 1913 - King Edward Hotel with Mahers grey 4-in-hand horse drawn carriage in St. LawrenceKing Edward Hotel with Mahers grey 4-in-hand horse drawn carriage
104 years ago - St. Lawrence - 1913
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1919 Historic photo from 1919 - King Edward Hotel with glass canopy - before tower was added in St. LawrenceKing Edward Hotel with glass canopy - before tower was added
98 years ago - St. Lawrence - 1919
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1921 Historic photo from Friday, May 20, 1921 - King Edward Hotel covered overhang on King Street East, looking east from Yonge Street in St. LawrenceKing Edward Hotel covered overhang on King Street East, looking east from Yonge Street
96 years ago - St. Lawrence - Friday, May 20, 1921
Max temp: 30.6°C - Min temp: 8.3°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1925 Historic photo from 1925 - King Edward Hotel, exterior, King St. E., s. side, between Victoria St. & Leader Lane in St. LawrenceKing Edward Hotel, exterior, King St. E., s. side, between Victoria St. & Leader Lane
92 years ago - St. Lawrence - 1925
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)