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Toronto Star: Hurrah, Crystal Ballroom at King Edward Re-Opens
Ellen Brait | April 24, 2017

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King Edward Hotel

From Issue No. 258 | May 1, 2017

In its glory, now returned.....

It’s been empty for 38 years. 

And slowly Torontonians began to forget what the Crystal Ballroom in the Omni King Edward Hotel looked like, except for the occasional bride allowed in to take photographs, or the handful of fly fishermen who practiced casting from the balcony. 

But on Wednesday the ballroom in Toronto’s first luxury hotel, which once played host to Toronto’s elite, opened its doors to the public once more. 

It first opened almost 100 years ago, in 1922; the hotel itself opened in 1903. The 5,000-square-foot space hosted a variety of events, from a state dinner with British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin and the Prince of Wales in August 1927, to performances from some of the great musicians and orchestras of the 1920s to 1940s, including Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman.

But that ended in 1979, according to Christophe Le Chatton, the hotel’s general manager, because the room, which sits on the 17th floor, did not measure up to current city codes. And after some time, it fell into disrepair.

“The room always looked phenomenal. It was not stripped of the details,” Le Chatton said. “It just looked tired.” for the rest of the story 

For the slideshow of King Edward's Crystal Ballroom restoration

Editors Notes: Hope this space is in Doors Open this year!
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