Since the mid 19th Century this site in Toronto has been the location of a hotel under various names. Sword's Hotel and the Revere Hotel laid the foundations for the Queen's Hotel which became a much loved institution into the 20th Century until the Canadian Pacific Railway announced that they wed going to build a new hotel on the site which is directly opposite Union Station.
The Queen's Hotel was demolished and in 1927 work commenced on what was promised to be the largest hotel in the British Commonwealth. It was named the Royal York Hotel and was officially opened on 11 June 1929 and quickly became the byword for the best in hospitality. In later years the hotel became part of the Fairmont group and is known as the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
MELBOURNE ART DECO
In 2009 Robin Grow published a book on Melbourne Art Deco, with images largely supplied by David Thompson. The book quickly sold out and he is pleased to say that it has now been re-published by Brolga Press, with updates, errors corrected and a new cover.
Best of all, it is selling for about $25 in the shops and on-line. Art Deco & Modernism Society members can purchase a copy from me for $22, (includes postage within Australia). For overseas orders please email for postage rates. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested, and advise if you would like the book to be dedicated and/or signed.